Lo­cal artist El­ska’s rapid suc­cess caught even her by sur­prise, but she hopes her story will in­spire oth­ers to chase their dreams

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHERSON

In to­day’s world, songs about hook­ing up with some­one you met on­line are ev­ery­where, from rap­per Drake to singer Charli XCX. For Gold Coast artist El­ska, it was a long-kept se­cret between her and her hus­band that will fi­nally be brought out into the open by her new sin­gle Boy.

“It is about find­ing love on­line – but not Tin­der,” El­ska says.

“I guess the big story re­ally is that some­thing I’ve kept se­cret for a re­ally long time.

“Ba­si­cally the song is how I met my hus­band.

“To­day it’s not so much a big deal. Nine years ago when we met, it was new and fresh. We kind of didn’t tell any­body that’s how we met.

“Now I’ve writ­ten a song about it, the whole world’s go­ing to know.”

The re­lease of Boy on Septem­ber 14 co­in­cides with some ex­cit­ing times ahead for El­ska, in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in a TEDx talk, the pre­miere of her doc­u­men­tary Heart and Harp and play­ing at the Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

El­ska says she hopes shar­ing her sto­ries on these plat­forms helps to in­spire oth­ers to chase their dreams.

“I never in my life would have dreamt all of this stuff to hap­pen in the past 18 months,” El­ska says.

“Being a woman, too old, a mother, you have all these cards stacked against you.

“To get to this point now where I can turn work away if I have to, because I’m too busy with other shows, it’s amaz­ing.”

El­ska says when she de­cided to dive back into mu­sic again last year, she knew she had to of­fer some­thing more than just being a woman with a harp.

“I knew I had to be dif­fer­ent,” she says. “I wanted to be the girl who played the harp dif­fer­ently.

“Ba­si­cally I went forth, and wrote down all my goals, fig­ured out who I needed to know, play­ing my harp in a com­pletely new way with a loop pedal.

“I was lucky I had a great sup­port net­work at home with my fam­ily and my hus­band to be able to fol­low this dream of mine.

“I backed my­self, and said ‘this is what I’m do­ing. I’m not go­ing to have a plan B, this is it’. That’s the story of the doco. I want peo­ple to have the free­dom to dream big, to have that fire in­side them that yes they can do it.”

El­ska will pro­mote the doc­u­men­tary dur­ing a tour of Gold Coast li­braries in Oc­to­ber.

In the mean­time, she’s play­ing plenty of shows around the Gold Coast, in­clud­ing res­i­dent spots at NightQuar­ter and whisky bar The Cam­bus Wal­lace, the Walk for Women’s Cancer in Kur­rawa Park and in Bris­bane at the City Sounds pop-up show.

“Per­form­ing for me is the num­ber one rea­son I do any of this,” El­ska says.

“My pur­pose is to en­ter­tain, what­ever venue that might be at.

“It al­lows me to con­nect with peo­ple. The mu­sic I love to per­form, it’s feel-good, happy mu­sic.” El­ska plays to­mor­row night at NightQuar­ter from 6pm. En­try into NightQuar­ter is $3

El­ska has an ex­cit­ing few months ahead, with a new sin­gle and doco on the way.

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