GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT DALLAS-BORN SINGER-SONGWRITER ‘ELISE’ AND HER SULTRY VOCALS ESPECIALLY WITH DEBUT RELEASE ‘FEW WORDS’! GIVE IT A READ HERE.
What is your name?
Hi! My name is Elise. Great to meet you.
What is your genre of music?
Somewhere between Contemporary R&B, Pop, and Soul.
Give us a little background about yourself.
I’m a Dallas-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter who’s most thankful for food, hiking, stand-up comedy, and math (yeah, idk..). I grew up in Los Angeles working as a television actor before moving back to Dallas to get my BBA in Finance and beginning a stronger focus on independently producing and writing my own music. I’m a very 50/50 left brain-right brain person.
What made you go in to music?
I’ve been singing and performing live since I was nine years old, and I began writing in my early teen years. Both of my parents are also musicians so it’s been part of my life for as long as I’ve been here!
Are you a signed?
I am independent!
You have a debut single ‘ Few Words’ , tell us more about the single.
In terms of style and mood, “Few Words” joins together aspects of Contemporary R&B, Soul, and Pop. It’s a lot of fun to sing because the vocal melody varies throughout the song and lets me cover a range, from the richness of my lower register to bright falsetto- there’s a lot of room to “play,” and as a lyricist/vocalist that’s always so much fun.
What is the meaning behind the Single.
“Few Words” is written from the perspective of someone weighing the sustainability of a long- distance relationship, and whether loving someone in the best way means holding on, or letting go for growth, hoping it’s not a forever-goodbye. The lyrics eventually end with this back-and- forth process; searching for the consistency of this person and connection, and at the end of the day knowing you’re going to stay on their team no matter what that looks like along the way.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
Craig, my producer on this song, sent me four bars or so and I loved the initial mood so much I began writing lyrics immediately! The lyrics reflect the thoughts in my own head before solidifying a decision with my SO before a move.
What was the recording process like?
I’ve known my producer on this song, Craig, for over 10 years now, so the process was very free- flowing and collaborative between the two of us. The next time I was in the studio I laid down vocals, and we built up the rest of the song together around the structure that the lyrics created.
Who did you work with on the Single with?
Craig and I recorded and produced “Few Words” solely in his studio, Auraltech Sound Lab. I’m very proud to write all my own lyrics, because it’s very personal to me, and I feel so lucky to have someone so talented to collaborate with on the music/composition side of things- he’s great!
Listen to FEW WORDS here;
Will we see a music video?
I will definitely be producing a music video (or several) in the future.
Will we see a EP or album and if so what can we expect?
Yes- I’m working on my first EP now; it’s still being created so TBD, but my writing somehow always ends up in the contemporary R&B/pop realm.
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour in planning?
I’m planning to play more shows after my EP release- I’ll keep sending updates as they occur!
What else can we expect in 2019?
A few more singles, covers and surprises! Check my IG for updates throughout the year: elise_kristiane
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Yes- I’ve got a few collabs with the very talented Kalid Hussein (aka Nappy Gilmore). More coming soon on that!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Absolutely! All day, any day. firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
Who are your influences?
YEBBA, Lauryn Hill, Noname, Adele, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Sam Smith
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Current and past life events; bridging the gap between my experiences and what I recognize others going through as well.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
With my own home studio continuing to create new music and collaborate with other artists regularly. And with significantly increased piano skills- I want to always continue to improv and learn.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
When I’m not working on new music I’m either acting, hosting a Clippers game at Staples Center as part of the Hoop Troop, working my commercial real estate job, or playing ultimate frisbee!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
“(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” by Sampha
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“You’re already more than enough. So do it because it fills you with joy, and then don’t keep that joy to yourself- share it.”
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Write a little every day. Do vocal warm ups/exercises regularly. You will get better. No need to over-complicate.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“A masterpiece is still a masterpiece when the lights are off and the room is empty.”
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The Texas Theatre and Bishop Arts District
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
My closest friends
3/What do you eat first?
Philly cheesesteak from Master Munchies food stand – it’s DEVINE.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
2. Vocal Looper
3. Throat Coat Tea
5. Clothes probably
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?