Premiere: Meet Elaskia, who readies herself as one to watch with I Will Do Anything
After a stand-out debut single two years back, the Central Coast musician returns with a single that cements her place in local pop.
Even if you aren't too familiar with the name Elaskia, chances are you might've come across her in the past. Her debut single, 2018's Calling Out My Name, proved to be somewhat of a soundtracking dream, finding itself on both DYNASTY and Marvel's Runaways; its woozy vocals and steady-soaring production seeming perfect for the show's respective pivotal moments. Then, there are her feats on the live stage - RÜFÜS DU SOL, Peking Duk, Gang of Youths, The Jungle Giants and Amy Shark all hosting the Central Coast musician as a support act over the years.
Over the last twelve months, Elaskia has shyed away from the spotlight, utilising the time to hone in on her skillset and level-up in some ways, while only venturing out into the forefront for a bunch of guest features, each vastly different to one another in a way that showcases her versatility and puts her top-line songwriting forwards. Now, however, Elaskia isn't going anywhere, and she's excited to prove her place in the newcoming homegrown pop world with a string of releases to come into next year.
Kicking it all off is I Will Do Anything, a track that shows exactly why the Central Coast musician is someone we've come to keep an eye on in 2020. It's a high-soaring, tall-standing pop effort that feels as courageous as it does anthemic, reigniting long-time classic influences for the musician - Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates - and brings them forward to 2020; their clear-cut songwriting and respective, guitar-wielding snarl slashed with big, bright-eyed choruses and dazzling production that really sets the track apart from the rest.
"I wanted to create a sound that was nostalgic yet modern - somewhere between the new music I listen to and the old music I still love," she says on the track, and that she does. The long line of influences Elaskia brings into her music makes itself known on I Will Do Anything, in a way that feels more like subtle nods to them rather than biting their sound completely - something that takes a lot of effort to do, yet Elaskia is capable of pulling off without a hitch.
"I wrote it about my best friend and I who both liked each other but didn't know it. He liked a girl and thought she wasn't interested, and I wished it was me. Turns out it was me, so I decided to write a song about the time I was unknowingly jealous of myself," she explains, breaking down the single's meaning. "It has a double meaning for me releasing it now though, I feel such an urge to keep releasing my songs right now and share them with the world. Not knowing who might hear them or where they will end up is exciting knowing that anything can happen."
There's something really exciting in Elaskia, and I think I Will Do Anything will be a track to make this known to the rest of the world. Get yourself up to speed before the rest, and take a dive into I Will Do Anything as it premieres on Pilerats below, and better introduce yourself to the woman behind it all underneath:
Tell us about yourself?
Hey I’m Elaskia and I’m an singer/songwriter from the Central Coast, Australia. Apart from making music I love cuddling my kitten, Olive and living in the colour black.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
My style is a fusion of pop and electronic and I love creating a modern sense of nostalgia. Growing up I listened to a lot of the music my parents loved so I tend to draw influence from the new music I listen to and the old music I still love.
What are your production and writing processes usually like?
My writing process usually just starts off with me sitting at my piano. I usually play around with chords and melodies first to get a vibe and then add the lyrics. It feels really natural to me to try and recreate what I’m feeling in that moment rather than overthinking and filtering too much in the beginning. Sometimes it’s as simple as a melody that comes to me while I’m driving – I guess you could say I find it therapeutic. When It comes to the production, I love to have a really clear vision of what I want my song to sound like. I like to experiment with sounds myself before I go into the studio and make my own demos to use or reference.
Can you tell us about your new single, I Will Do Anything?
The song itself is a representation of being so consumed by a moment and your feelings towards it. I actually wrote it about the time my best friend and I both liked each other but didn't know it. He liked a girl and thought she wasn't interested, and I wished it was me. Turns out it was me, so I decided to write a song about the time I was unknowingly jealous of myself.
What does 2020 have in store for you?
I’ve actually just spent a lot of time writing a bunch of songs that I’m super proud of. So, my aim is to release a string of them in 2020 and see where that takes me next. Hopefully I’ll also be playing more shows again soon when all this Covid stuff settles down, I really miss that.
What do you want people to take away from the project?
To me, this song is about saying exactly how you feel no matter how ridiculous you might sound. I also hope after knowing the context of why I wrote it people can feel like its okay to make light of a situation, sometimes look back and laugh at yourself and be okay with that.
Where can we find more of your music?