The Friday Five: Our Dance Stars
The Friday Five is a new occasional feature series where we pull together a quintet of local producers and quiz them about new music, tour adventures and whatever else they’re keen to talk about. For the first edition, we’re spanning progressive house to live electronica with some names already doing big things. The line-up: Elizabeth Rose, Flume, Rich Curtis, Trinity & Beyond and Mic Newman. Now, over to the music.
“There are so many talented electronic artists oozing out of Oz lately,” beams Elizabeth Rose to inthemix. “Our time has come!” When it’s coming from an effervescent mouthpiece like this 21-year-old Sydney talent, you can only share the enthusiasm. For a sense of where Rose fits into the picture, hit play on her first official single Ready: a polished, pop-tinged piece of electronica carried along by its creator’s honey-ed vocals. It’s an immaculate five minutes that makes you itch for what else Rose has to offer. Thankfully, there’s an EP incoming.
“The EP features Ready, a track I co produced with Sinden, an oldie re-done and two new flashy ones,” she tells us. That’s right – UK bass-bender and one-time inthemix Guest Editor Sinden was so taken with the chanteuse that they went into the studio together on his recent club visit. “Honestly, this past week and a half my brain has been fried from writing and recording my EP – the new tracks will be aired in a couple of weeks once I’m more comfortable with them,” she adds.
Elizabeth Rose – ‘Ready’
The airing of those tracks will happen in the producer’s always-evolving live show, which is winning her a fleet of admirers. The recent Ready tour was a big moment for Rose. “Some of the shows were better than others,” she says. “Sydney was by far the best for me. I’m always trying to make my shows that little bit more exciting and varied each time. I really love to play around with costuming, lighting and props here and there.” (If you’re in Sydney, she’s taking the stage at Oxford Art Factory on Friday 29 June for the Astral People SANE Australia fundraiser.)
A producer first, Rose has very recently begun trying her hand as a selector too. On a recent triple j Mix-Up session, her DJ set included tracks from Flight Facilities, Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, Friendly Fires and Simian Mobile Disco. Not to mention, of course, Fever Ray, one of her key inspirations. “I literally started DJing only two months ago and I really love it,” she says. “The triple j mix was the first time I’d ever done anything like that so it’s really cool that people dug it.”
Elizabeth Rose – Dry And Dusty (Fever Ray cover)