UNAPOLOGETICALLY ÉLISHIA SHARIE
Singer/ Songwriter Élishia Sharie talks being unapologetically YOU!
Do you have some hot new sounds in the works right now with your music?
I do have some hot new sounds in the works right now! I am working on two songs at the moment—one is a collaboration with another incredible artist and musician (whose name I’m keeping close to my chest until we’re ready to make the official announcement) and another song that is very 90s Grunge inspired.
Is it difficult to release new music?
I wouldn’t say that it’s difficult to release new music, if we are speaking in terms of distribution—that’s the easy part! But if we are talking about creating and getting to a final version of a song for a release, then sometimes, yes, it’s hard to narrow down all of my ideas for a song. The gift and the curse of art is that it’s NEVER really finished—you can always add to it, or change it, which sometimes makes it difficult to walk away from something completely creatively satisfied.
What kind of sounds can your fans expect from you next?
My fans can expect to hear some 90s grunge and metal sounds from me on one of my next releases, and some 60s vibes on the other song I’m working on. I am currently time traveling through the Rock ages to bring a nostalgic, uniquely mutated collection of music.
Is there ever a moment you want to change something in your music last minute?
YES, there hasn't been a release yet, where I didn't want to change something last minute. As I’ve already mentioned, art is never finished. I always have a last-minute tweak before sending it off for distribution. And even after it has been distributed, there are things that I want to change, vocally or musically, so I tend to just incorporate those things into my live set.
Would you consider yourself a perfectionist?
I would consider myself a perfectionist. However, over the past year or two, I’ve been learning that perfection suffocates artistry, so letting go of the idea that a song or live show has to be perfect has been one of my larger tasks. Doing everything in excellence is what I strive for instead.
What strides are you making to include in new music?
I am finally getting serious about learning to play the electric guitar. I’ve had my guitar, VENOM (named after my fave Marvel villain), for about 8 years and I just haven’t been consistent with playing it. I’m practicing daily, now, and plan to incorporate my playing in new music and live shows!
Most basic piece of advice that you are so happy you've learned along the way of your journey?
The most basic piece of advice that I’m happy to have learned on my musical journey is: BE YOURSELF. Be unapologetically YOU. People gravitate towards you when you show up as your authentic self, trust me. You’ll also have the absolute pleasure of getting to know YOU better and get to cultivate and love the human that you are proposed to be.
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