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THE HIGH FIVE INTERVIEW | Five Questions with Elizabeth Rose
by Chess Hubbard
We discovered Elizabeth Rose only a couple months ago while going through press releases and new music, and we fell in love instantly! The up-and-coming triple threat (singer/songwriter/producer) from down under may not be that well known yet, but she's just getting started...
UR Chicago: At only 22, you are very young for a singer/songwriter/producer. When did you get started, and when did you decide that you wanted to pursue music as a career? Were you classically trained or self-taught?
Elizabeth Rose: Thank you! I've always been self-taught, strangely enough, and I was first exposed to music production as a little kid around the age of seven when my brother (who now produces/DJs as HooknSling) produced his music when he was living at home. I used to just sit there and watch him for hours to see how he did it, and I instantly became hooked on the idea of making my own music.
UR: There aren't a lot of female producers in the industry, and so it is great to see a girl like yourself throwing it down. What DAW do you use? Any favorite plug-ins at the moment? Is there any advice you would like to give girls interested in pursuing music production from your experience thus far?
ER: Yeah, there should be more female producers! I think it's because I'm a bit of a tomboy to be honest, a little bit of a nerd when it comes to sounds and such. I work in Ableton and my favourite plug-in is probably Omnisphere. Diego Stocco is one of the guys who worked on that plug-in — he creates awesome instruments too; the 'luminopiano' is one of them. It's a giant lightbulb with a tiny microphone that picks up the sounds of the vibrating filaments inside the bulb when it's hit.
My advice to any girls wanting to pursue music production is to keep working hard and push past any arrogant tech guy who questions your capability, ha! Seriously though, gender doesn't come into the equation; if you've got an ear for production and sound design, then no one can stop you from getting to where you want to go with it, simple as that.
UR: How is the music scene in Australia? And, depending on whether you have been exposed to music scenes elsewhere, how does it compare to other parts of the world?
ER: I've never left the country, so, unfortunately my opinion isn't that valid! But, I love the music scene in Australia. There's a lot of exciting artists blossoming at the moment on our shores... we are almost creating some sort of "movement" it seems.
UR: If you could construct a fantasy bill with current/past artists to perform with, who would be on it? Also, are there any other up-and-coming musicians you are excited about and want to mention that you are either working with or listening to at the moment?
ER: My fantasy bill would include The Knife as headliners, Caribou, CFCF, Simian Mobile Disco, Apparat, Floating Points, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Jessy Lanza. A local artist I will definitely recommend is VCS and he (Vinay) is featured on one of my upcoming EP tracks. He's released an album on bandcamp and it is amazing! I'm still scratching my head as to why he isn't big.
UR: As 2013 is coming to a close, do you have any new goals for 2014 based on your experiences from this year? Where do you want to be musically/professionally by this time next year?
ER: I have a lot of big goals in mind... for this time next year I would love to be living overseas in either London or LA and working on a second album, collaborating with someone awesome like Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs!
We hope you are as well, Miss Rose, and we hope to see you touring the states soon so we can see you perform live!
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Elizabeth Rose's latest track, "The Good Life," is now available worldwide on iTunes and is the first taste of the upcoming 5-track EP she will be releasing later this year — listen to it below and buy it if you dig it!
Rose's debut EP, Crystallise, is also available digitally and features an amazing collab track with electronic heavyweight Sinden, who released the album on his own label (Grizzly). Check it out...