The new EP by singer Elizabeth Leslie, To Be Free, is a superb effort from the rising alternative darkwave electronic artist. It is available to stream worldwide on all streaming services, and if it’s not already added to your playlist, then you’re missing something great. Their music features ethereal vocals and sharp melodies, and we are sure that it will appeal to you right away, so make sure to add it to your music collection!
Having grown up in a small town but with so much talent that challenges the dynamics of the big city, Elizabeth Leslie is a non-binary music composer and multi-instrumentalist whose carving a name for themselves in the industry. After working as a bassist, guitarist, and drummer in the past, and as a big fan of electronic dance music, Elizabeth decided to work solo as an electronic producer. Having worked as a production manager and editor on blockbuster and Oscar-nominated films, the singer is currently working on new music with a full-length album on the horizon. Elizabeth will also appear on an undisclosed Amazon Prime TV series next year. We got to know more about the singer-songwriter in this On The Rise Artist Q&A, so let’s dive right in!
Tell us a little about yourself!
I am Elizabeth Leslie, a queer, non-binary composer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer from small-town Nova Scotia. In 2008, I moved to Montréal after dropping out of architecture school in Vancouver. There, I joined several Indie Rock bands as a bassist, guitarist, and drummer, and fronted an electro-pop group with the French electro duo, françoise. Shortly after, I started working as Chromeo’s assistant, where I learned about vintage synths, the seedy music industry, drum programming, and life on tour. Since then, I have decided to go solo as an electronic producer. I am a huge lover of remixes and dance music, which is why 2 out of my 3 EPs are Remix EPs. As a production manager and editor on blockbuster and Oscar-nominated films, I also direct and edit all my own music videos. Currently, I am working on new music with a full-length album on the horizon.
What are your main musical influences?
PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Lady Gaga.
Who is on the line-up of your dream festival?
TR/ST, Molchat Doma, Electroforez, Kink, KOMPROMAT, Boy Harsher.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Documentaries about serial killers.
What is your go-to comfort TV show?
Sum your life up in the context of one tweet.
“Drifting into the abyss. BRB.”
If you could live in any era for music for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
1990s. It had so much soul and angst, but also diversity. It saw the rise of rap/hip-hop, grunge, and techno. The emotionality was so raw back then, not like it is now.
You can stream To Be Free right here!
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