Six Questions With Elsie and The VibeSix Questions With Elsie and The Vibe

We recently launched a new series here on Indie Minded called “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.

Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.

We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.

Next in the hot seat is Melbourne-born, Brooklyn-based indie soul / R&B artist Elsie and The Vibe. We have covered her before on the site, but if you missed it…sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.

For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?

I am an indie soul/RnB artist from Melbourne, Australia. I’m releasing my debut self-titled EP on August 18th after releasing the debut track “Riverside” last year. The EP is heavily Motown influenced, has strong horn lines, is bursting with backing vocals and deals with finding empowerment in vulnerability.

As an artist, how do you define success?

I think it’s the ability to move people in some way – to connect with people in a shared experience. I’d love to be able to create an environment where I can focus all of my attention on music and creativity!

What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?

For me, it’s probably organisation. As an indie musician, you really have to juggle a lot of different things at once, and this is something I am learning to get better at!

If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be? 

When I perform my music, I perform each song in a slightly different way every time. I tend to resist structure in all it’s forms, and find that I can connect best with a song when I am completely in the moment and spontaneous. If I had to choose one song, that song would end up taking many different shapes and forms! “Riverside” is probably my current favourite song to perform, so I’d go with that one!

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

Women with powerful voices and something to say! Etta James, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys really shaped my musical expression.

Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?

I am constantly striving to expand my consciousness and awareness of the world. I really value having conversations with people who have differing viewpoints, meeting people from different backgrounds and places, and learning about people’s different experiences. Something as simple as listening to podcasts has also really contributed to broadening my awareness! Basically anything that helps to tear down the cultural constructs that impair my ability to take in a 360 degree view are really great creative feeders for me!

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me!

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Kelly Murphy
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