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