Levon more a willbe than a wannabe

Af­ter a whirl­wind visit to China and Cam­bo­dia, Elen Levon is back, armed with a new sin­gle, writes

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ELEN Levon makes no se­cret of her dreams to be a pop su­per­star – and the Syd­ney-born singer might just make it. The 17-year-old is win­ning over ra­dio with her high-en­ergy dance-pop sin­gles while her sassy at­ti­tude has won favourable com­par­isons to Ri­hanna.

Signed to the Min­istry Of Sound la­bel, Levon can al­ready count in­ter­na­tional stars 50 Cent and Lil’ Kim among her tour bud­dies and she fears ab­so­lutely no one. Boast­ing a great voice, a hot look and a level head, Levon has the in­gre­di­ents to be Australia’s next pop star.

‘‘It’s pretty in­sane and I never thought I’d be do­ing this at such an early age,’’ she says.

‘‘I knew it was some­thing I al­ways wanted to do for a long time . . . it’s def­i­nitely a roller-coaster ride and some­thing that chal­lenges me ev­ery day.’’

Levon has been train­ing for a ca­reer in show­busi­ness since the age of three and re­cently left Red­dam House School in Syd­ney’s Bondi to be­gin home school­ing with her star on the rise.

‘‘I want to do ev­ery­thing I can to achieve my dreams of be­ing a su­per­star,’’ she says.

‘‘You be­come a bet­ter per­son ev­ery day and just do­ing it at this age will teach me ev­ery­thing I know for when I do suc­ceed.’’

While many of to­day’s pop wannabes get their break on re­al­ity TV, Levon has opted for the tra­di­tional route via non­stop record­ing, pro­mo­tion and tour­ing.

Her mu­sic style fits the win­ning for­mula of fe­male-fronted elec­tro pop and she’s even courted con­tro­versy with her de­but sin­gle Naughty.

Crit­ics jumped on the song as be­ing overly provoca­tive for a teenager, but Levon says the naugh­ti­est thing she does is hand in her home­work late.

‘‘Peo­ple see the song how they want to see it re­ally, but it wasn’t meant to be put out that way,’’ she says.

‘‘I think be­cause of the lyrics some peo­ple take the song dif­fer­ently but to me it’s about be­ing care­free and let­ting loose.’’

Wild nights are a rar­ity due to an in­creas­ingly heavy work load and Levon is in­stead en­joy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel the world. She played her biggestever show at the Bei­jing Gala World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val to an es­ti­mated TV au­di­ence of 1 bil­lion and shot the video to her cur­rent sin­gle, Like a Girl In Love, in Cam­bo­dia.

‘‘I pre­fer per­form­ing in front of mas­sive crowds than per­form­ing to, say, just two peo­ple,’’ she says. ‘‘If my man­ager or my mother ask me to sing then I’m not go­ing to do it be­cause I’m just too shy for some rea­son.’’

Levon has al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced a share of ‘‘haters’’ who are crit­i­cal, or jealous, of her suc­cess and post deroga­tory com­ments on her so­cial me­dia pages.

As an am­bas­sador for the Un­der­dogs anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign, Levon is high­light­ing bul­ly­ing in schools, and in­creas­ingly on the in­ter­net.

‘‘I haven’t been bul­lied to the face but I have been talked about es­pe­cially on the in­ter­net,’’ she says.

‘‘One of the main places where it’s all hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment is so­cial net­work­ing.’’

Levon looks to the grand dames of pop, such as Kylie Minogue and Madonna, for her mu­si­cal and artis­tic in­spi­ra­tion. She hopes to fol­low in their foot­steps as a pop trail­blazer with a time­less body of work, but has no in­ten­tion of nudg­ing them out just yet.

‘‘Peo­ple say that they are older but I don’t think they should be go­ing any­where just yet,’’ she says.

‘‘There’s room for a lot of Aussie pop stars so hope­fully I can take one of those places.’’

is out now. Elen Levon and DJ Ash To­bia play Love Nightlife, in Broad­beach, to­mor­row night.

Club­bing, Page 40

Elen Levon hopes to fol­low in the foot­steps of her idols Kylie Minogue and Madonna as a pop trail­blazer.

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