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