In the enchanting realm of music, there are voices that transcend mere notes and lyrics, leaving an indelible mark on the soul. Today, we have the privilege of delving into the world of one such captivating artist, Elsa. With a voice that resonates with emotion and a talent that transcends boundaries, she has become a beacon in the musical landscape. Join us as we embark on a journey through melodies and memories, uncovering the inspiration and stories behind the songs that have woven themselves into the fabric of her extraordinary musical tapestry. Welcome to a harmonious encounter with Elsa.
Where are you from? Heritage? Currently based?
I’m from London. I’m just a plain old Londoner. I have some Eastern European in my bloodline but I identify with London culture over everything. I am based in South London at the moment.
Tell us about your journey, how did you get where you are?
My journey started with some pen and paper when I was super young. I started exploring combining my writing with sound but lost touch with it and started exploring other creative outlets. It wasn’t until I was surrounded by a bunch of musical people where I felt most encouraged and safe to make music. Since then it’s really just been a journey of self discovery and music helping me with my pain and being at the core of everything I do.
What made you start doing music?
Poetry. I am a writer before I am a singer, and even then I am a performer before a vocalist. I love writing and I love entertaining people and I love music. I’ve always been a class clown so performing has been something quite natural to me, and writing is in my blood so creating music naturally just followed.
When did you start making music?
When I was a baby girl. I recorded my first song and played guitar at like 12 years old. It’s weird to think that I had the opportunity to even do that.
What is your message?
That’s a hard question… I think my message would be to just be who you are and feel how you feel. I think it’s so important to just sit in your feelings and be authentic while doing so. Believe in your sauce and be kind, always.
What’s your creative process likes?
My creative processes change all the time. Writing is where I feel the most ease and comfort. But it depends on who I’m creating with and the way I feel in the moment. Sometimes I don’t have anything to say but the music evokes a feeling. Sometimes the writing leads the creative process. I just know I like to be involved in every single part of it. From production to release, all the way to the music video and beyond.
What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
I’d say my greatest strength as an artist is my charisma, optimism and my way with words. It’s so hard to not feel disheartened by a lot of things that go on in the music industry but I stay positive through it somehow and just keep pushing.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of music?
I’m not sure if this is a hobby but I am the biggest foodie I know, my love language is being fed and feeding people. I love cooking and learning new things to cook, making soul food for the family or my friends.
What’s the favourite piece of art you’ve made?
This is actually such a hard question because I love all my creations. My first release definitely holds a dear place in my heart, but my favourite artwork would have to be some unreleased fire I’m sitting on. Coming soon don’t worry.
If you could collaborate with any rapper in the uk music scene, who would it be?
I always find these questions kind of hard because I haven’t got to a point where I am prioritising features or collaborations with other vocalists/rappers. But, I’d love to do a track with Hak Baker or Obongjayar just ’cause their vibes and music are immaculate.
If you could collaborate with any singer who would it be?
There are plenty of women I’d love to collab with when the times right. I’d defo love to make music with my favourite artist at the moment Lulu. Honestly go check her out.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Pre-performance I just like to be alone. Focus and calm my body. I find really busy and loud spaces quite overstimulating anyway, let alone before I go on stage. So I just breathe and vibe with myself.
Most embarrassing thing to happen to you on stage?
I haven’t had any crazy embarrassing moments on stage, yet. Forgetting the words to your own song is always a bit embarrassing but I never really take myself that seriously. I feel like iI’e just jinxed it though, fingers crossed not haha.
Any upcoming projects?
A lot of upcoming music in the works, I am always working on something. I have a song coming out on the 27th of this month, my last song before the new year. I also want to release an EP next year so just plotting on that and allowing things to fall into place.