With her debut album Mercurial due for release on the 8th of May, and a video for My Sisters from the album out now, Glasgow’s Elisabeth Elektra spills the beans on her musical inspirations, as well as ableism, and misogyny in music. Read on to find out more.
What made you want to get into music?
I come from a musical family, I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t singing or writing songs. I don’t think I ever consciously made a jump to it being a career path, I’ve just always been involved in music.
What inspires you to write?
I think I write my best work when I’m not thinking about it. I’ll be doing something mundane and suddenly an idea will pop into my mind. I often dream of songs too. I do have a music writing practice though, I don’t always leave it to chance. Poetry inspires me a lot, I love Edith Sodergran and Sylvia Plath.
Who has had the most influence on your music?
Probably Prince. Not in sound but in inspiration and work ethic.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
As a female artist living with a chronic illness one the biggest challenges, I’ve had is facing misogyny and ableism in the industry. There are so many ways those things show up, they are insidious.After almost every show I play someone (in fact it’s always a man ha ha!) will ask me who writes my songs, it’s frustrating and bizarre that they assume I haven’t written them myself.
What has been the nicest thing ever written about you?
There have been many. A journalist for Crack once wrote that my lyrics have genuine poetic potency and I’ve always remembered that.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
Best gig was probably Belle and Sebastian’s Boaty Weekender last year. Worst was a show in Stockton where the sound person was super stoned and put this intense delay on my vocal then couldn’t work out how to turn it off again.
What was the last album you played on Spotify?
Long Division by Low. It’s the first album I got in to by them and is still my favourite.
If you could support anyone, who would it be and why?
Depeche Mode! They are my absolute favourite band.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
The Academy Of Sun, SRSQ, Kathryn Joseph
Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for Elisabeth Elektra…
My debut album Mercurial is out on May 8th! I’ll be doing some live streams in the run up to the release and there are lots of new videos to drop too. I’m also using this quarantine time to record my next album; it’s shaping up really beautifully.
You can pre-order Mercurial on Bandcamp right now, with album’s release date set for the 8th of May. Catch up with Elisabeth Elektra, as well as news about her and the album on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.