Hailing from a farm in Canada, all the stereotypes you’re going to ask Elena about, are true – she was homeschooled, she’s built an igloo, “fun weekends” with her dad were winter-survival camps.
Elena began songwriting at a young age after learning classical piano at six years old - continuing on to competitions and festivals until she was fifteen. She thought she would be a famous piano player until she reached her teenage years and instead decided to be a country singer.
The only problem was, she didn’t sing.
Yeah - while she wrote her first song at ten years old and had filled books and journals with mediocre musical attempts, Elena hid her music creations from the world, convinced she was a terrible singer.
After getting into Berklee College of Music in 2013 on piano, Elena found tons of “actual” singers to perform her work. While completing an internship in New York City in 2015 (oh, at this point she was studying music-business and had decided to become a CEO of something), she became friends with some producers and artists who needed a songwriter. One dark and stormy evening, all the singers had gone home, so Elena recorded vocals for a demo that were meant to be re-recorded by an actual singer the next day. The producers were like, “wow, your voice is incredible and pretty weird and you’re a little pitchy but you should really consider singing your own songs.”
And after a highly-tumultuous summer, she finally did.
Elena wrote, sang, and recorded her first EP in 2016. Later that year she signed a management and recording deal. In 2017, Elena’s USA-visa expired and she had to return to Canada.
Her dad made her hay the fields all summer, and after the past two years of struggling in New York, she didn’t mind. Finally in early 2018, Elena had written hundreds and hundreds of songs and the record deal was going nowhere, so she bought a one-way ticket to New York and spent her last $400 on a lawyer to get her out of the contract. She began recording her new songs, and released her first single "2morrow", in which all of her friends made of fun of her for her Canadian accent. She watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to get rid of her accent, and it seemed to work in her following releases.
After multiple releases, music videos, and mildly-attended performances throughout the USA and Canada, it was 2020 in the midst of Covid, and Elena was forced/privileged to sit in her room in silence for months. And from there, all of her past experiences and current self-awareness bubbled together into an album called “Holy Tender Artist”.
You can read more about that here.
After writing the album, Elena realized New York was no longer the place for her. She packed her bags and booked a flight to London, praying to all the gods that everything would work out. It always does.
It’s now 2021, songs from the album have begun releasing alongside her other pop EP’s and projects, and that’s as far as we’ve gotten in this story.
But the rest is gonna be pretty cool. I know it.