Interview with ELASKIA

Quickly become one of Australia’s best pop artists, ELASKIA stopped by MoggBlog HQ to talk about why Stevie Nicks would be her dream collaboration, the best advice she’d give to her younger self and breathtaking new single ‘Can’t Help Loving You’.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

My latest release ‘Can’t Help Loving You’ is a vulnerable pop ballad that recognises a toxic relationship and the struggle of leaving it. I actually wrote this song last year with another artist Toby Wells, when I was feeling really let down by someone. The Inspo came from that and the feeling of being conflicted when someone hurts you but you don’t hate them for it because you still think the world of them. I think not all relationships are meant to stay close though and it can be really scary to accept that and let go or move on. It was also in the middle of a Covid lockdown at the time and the music industry had taken such a huge blow that it was really de-motivating to be disregarded so quickly, being the first to go and last to come back – so it was also about not giving up on that too.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

My writing process is forever changing but usually just starts off with me at my piano. I play around with chords and melodies first to get a vibe and then add the lyrics. It feels really natural to me to try and recreate what I’m feeling in that moment rather than overthinking and filtering too much in the beginning. Sometimes it’s as simple as a melody that comes to me while I’m driving and then building around that.

Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?

I really do love both. On one side there’s this creative process of recording and capturing a moment in your life and then being able to share it with the world. I think it’s honestly so incredible to know my music has reached all parts of the world. Having that connection with people is one of the reasons I love writing and playing music so much. But then there’s also no better feeling than playing my songs live to an audience. Knowing and feeling that connection with people as well as having them sing your songs back to you is really one of the first reasons that made me fall in love with performing.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

Good question! A dream collaboration of mine is and always will be to write with Stevie Nicks. I think she is an absolutely incredible artist, songwriter and role model for women in music. I feel as though my own music has definitely been influenced by her and it would be such an honour to experience that in person.

What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?

I think I find myself to be a bit of a perfectionist. So if I could give my younger self some advice it would be to worry less about everything and just enjoy the process. There’s actually a quote I love that sums it up perfectly – “No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.”

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