A Rose by any other name

She challenges the gender divide in the music production industry, draws influences from Missy Elliot and is a self-confessed homebody. Keiren Bond gets her fan-girl on with Sydney songwriter and producer Elizabeth Rose.

Congratulations on your deal with Universal Music Publishing!

Thank you! I have a lot of goals for my career as a writer and producer and I’m excited at the prospect of reaching them with Universal representing me. It’s not a record deal, but it still means lot more coverage in the U.S so that’s a good thing!

The Good Life is a song about moving out of home and finding the good life, yet your Facebook page pays homage to the very real and cute relationships you have at home, like your Mum leaving jelly in the fridge after your gigs.

*Laughs*Yes, it’s a very normal home situation. No one treats me any different like I’m famous or anything. I just sit around, eat and watch TV most days. I really do need to move out of home, it’s time. I’m 23.

You scored 181 in Triple J’s Hottest 200! How does one celebrate that, knowing they’re in the running? Listen intently or chill out, acting nonchalant?

Thank you! It’s better than nothing yeah! To be honest I didn’t do anything for Australia Day. I just stayed at home with the family.

Classic homegirl.

Exactly!

There are very few female producers on the scene down-under so it’s very cool to see you doing so well. How did 16 year old Elizabeth Rose go from playing around on GarageBand to touring all over Australia?

My brother Anthony is a producer himself (of HookNSling fame) so I used to sit and watch him for hours. He helped me along, showed me the basics and it went from there. I used to play acoustic guitar back then, so the sound was a mix of acoustic cut up guitar with electronic and dance beats. I’m self-taught and I prefer it that way. I stopped using the guitar in tracks when I was 19, started using Ableton and switched over to synths. I guess you can say I’m more productive now. The song writing and mixing process comes a lot more naturally to me.

Well it’s definitely paid off. Since your self-titled EP dropped in January it’s has been on high rotation through Triple J and managed to stay on iTunes top 10 electronic charts since!

I know, it’s insane. I cried when I first saw it. I’m so appreciative for the support.

You’ve worked with quite a few big names this past year including Rufus, Chairlift and most recently Chvrches. Tell us about that.

It was so much fun. Chvrches were great, (lead vocalist) Lauren is tiny and crazy and so much fun, jumping around the stage. Collaborating with Flight Facilities at Splendour In The Grass last year was also really good. They pull huge audiences plus I got to dress up in an airhostess outfit because of the whole freelance graphic designers flight theme. That was pretty cool.

Already you’re a bit of a festival veteran, having played Parklife, Harvest, Peats Ridge NYE Festival, and Field Day. Do you prefer the festivals or solo gigs?

Festivals I think. They have such a great energy about them and you get to meet lots of cool people.

Who’s been the most interesting person you’ve met?

Well… I nearly met Lorde.

Nearly?

She was standing a metre away from me. That was pretty cool. And James Blake.

Did you chat with him?

No. I was too nervous to go over *laughs*. Maybe next time!

Your music carries a vibe of feminine empowerment, similar to the influences of Missy Elliot and Destiny’s Child that you grew up listening to. How does it feel knowing girls are getting the same kind of inspiration from your music?

Amazing! I grew up loving that sound and have tried to incorporate it into my own music. It’s unusual and I wasn’t sure how people would receive it but I’ve worked really hard and it’s paying off.

Celebrating her self-titled EP launch, Elizabeth Rose is touring the country through February and March, landing 7 March at the Soundlounge as part of Bleach* Festival and 8 March at Alhambra Lounge in Fortitude Valley.

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