- Words Liam Cattermole
From the brilliance of Björk to being broke and meeting Sudan Archives, Elle Shimada runs down her musical firsts.
Elle Shimada is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer captivating with her unique brand of cinematic electronica. Creating other-worldly atmospheres as fitting for the club as bedroom raves, the dance floor activist is rapidly rising to the scene’s fore. Last week, she dropped a spellbinding new single called “ABOUT BLANK____”, which features the equally talented artist Rara Zulu.
Born in Tokyo, before moving to Australia aged 15, Elle’s become well accustomed to the music industry’s hustle and bustle. Growing up, her parents worked on the festival circuit, and from a young age, she found herself sneaking into events with the intention of letting loose and raving all night. Combined with dizzying jazz elements, her discography sonically distinguishes the nuances of underground music birthing from Melbourne, still treasuring those adolescent adventures that smuggled her into festivals all those year’s ago.
“ABOUT BLANK____” is a genre-blending masterpiece which lyrically revolves around relatable and challenging subject matters. Elle has a unique ability to capture human experience while uplifting through dance-focused productions that actively cover everything from skittish footwork to unbearably groovy house.
As 2023 becomes an increasingly profitable year for the artist, who’s set to support Flying Lotus, Alfa Mist and many others, we got acquainted with Elle through her musical firsts. From the brilliance of Björk to being broke and meeting Sudan Archives.
“ACTIVATE”. It’s still my favourite! I was listening to a lot of Flying Lotus at the time, so its got that weird juke-inspired beat with beautiful vocals, from my good friends Abbey Howlett and Cazeaux O.S.L.O