SOTA FESTIVAL: WAM interviews ELLI SCHOEN
Self-taught and ready to take the world by storm, Elli Schoen has been busy with a whirlwind two national tours under her belt, playing main stage at Falls Festival Fremantle and supporting some of her favourite artists in the industry. Elli Schoen is one of the most promising young acts to emerge from Fremantle’s rich music scene. The first two singles Hard Heart and Mumma saw her initially break onto the national scene, with both tracks pricking up many ears at triple j and double j. Third single and EP title track Gold Mess was premiered on triple j’s Home and Hosed recently.
Ahead of playing the FREE SOTA Festival this coming Monday 5 June – WA’s biggest celebration of WA music held at Elizabeth Quay as part of the WA Day Festival long weekend (times below) – WAM interviewed Elli Schoen about opening for Tash Sultana, joining Airling in Perth, Perth networking opps and more…
You successfully went to Sydney (even with some poor alarm setting skills) for the Gold Mess EP National Tour. How did that go?
Yeah it was great to get over east again! We had a heap of fun in Newtown, and it was probably the best sounding show of the tour. The band really came together over the four days and gave it everything they had. It’s given me a thirst to tour more on the east coast and perhaps overseas to try and reach a larger audience.
You played SOTA a number of years back, but a lot has happened for you as an artist since then, including a stack of high profile supports and festivals. What are some of the most memorable for you?
My Gold Mess EP launch at Mojo’s was an incredible night with so many friends and family there to show their support. Joining the Perth leg of Airling’s national tour was also a definite highlight, as was opening for Tash Sultana to a sold-out show at the Astor Theatre.
Your must see act for SOTA this year?
Tired Lion has been producing some amazing music but I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing them perform live, so they are definitely a must see.
With so many great acts coming out of WA, do you think there is ‘something in the water’ that just breeds awesome?
Well the water tastes pretty bad in Perth, so that may have something to do with it… But in all seriousness, I think it probably has something to do with the isolation and boredom fostering a creative musical environment.
How do you think living in WA has affected your music?
The WA music scene is quite small and everyone seems to know everyone else which is great for networking and providing a supportive community to get new music off the ground. Unfortunately living in WA does make it much harder to tour and reach a sizeable audience, hence why a lot of acts end up moving east.
Do you know WAM has a time machine? What advice would you give to your younger self as you were starting out in music?
Don’t take failure or apparent lack of success to seriously, and try and see the positives in what you are doing.
In WA, your fave…
WA acts that have influenced you? Abbe May, Katy Steele, Eskimo Joe
Music venue: Mojos, North Fremantle – The crew there have always supported me and other local musicians.
Record store: Mills Records has always been the go to.
Gig you ever attended in WA: Big Scary sounded amazing at the Rosemount Hotel in October last year.
Best spot for a quiet beverage: My backyard in central Freo is beautiful for a summer’s afternoon tequila.
Something you get homesick for when tour: Friends and home cooked meals.
Something that’s closed or gone that you miss: It was a real bummer when the local music shop on South Terrace closed down, Jason always did a great job servicing my guitar!
Breakfast cure spot: Little Lefroys, Fremantle – Best Bloody Marys in town!
What’s that mysterious flying object? Aliens have come to visit… What is the first thing you take them to in Perth?
Leighton Beach, I have always wanted to watch an alien swim.
What’s happening for you in the near future?
We are playing with Killing Heidi at the Astor Theatre on Friday, SOTA on Monday, and then taking a bit of a break to recharge the batteries after a crazy couple of months.
SOTA Festival is proudly presented as part of the 2017 WA Day Festival, and co-presented by WAM. The sixth annual SOTA showcase will be held at Elizabeth Quay Monday 5 June, as part of the WA Day long weekend festivities with both under 18 and licensed areas. Best of all, it’s free!