Rachel Eldon is a talented up and coming singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Although Rachel is extremely busy preparing for the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles this summer, where she will be showcasing her songwriting and performing talents, she kindly agreed to complete a feature interview for Song Revelation. Read on to discover how Rachel got into music, which modern day musicians provide inspiration and her creative process for writing and composing songs.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
She’s a singer, songwriter, pianist & a self-taught guitarist who writes simply with her heart. Composing acoustic/pop ballads that speak directly to your soul, Sydney based Rachel Eldon truly makes music that makes a difference.
Q: What is your musical background?
I have been playing the piano and singing/writing songs since I had my first lesson at 13. Writing songs really helped me express myself and grow into the young lady I am today. I think it also kept me grounded and humble and made sure my feelings where being expressed not bottled up.. I come from a fairly musical family. My dad plays the piano extremely well, my mum and sister can also sing and one of my brothers plays the piano as well. I also recently just taught myself guitar as well :-).
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 was a good year – did lots of singer/songwriters gigs at various locations around Sydney and really felt I grew as a musician and a performer.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I love Aussie artists such as Missy Higgins and Delta Goodrem (cause they’re true aussies!) But i also just love true musicians who write their own songs and sound just as amazing live as they do on their album – such as Colbie Callait, Brooke Fraser, Pink, Beyonce, Jessie J, Rihanna and many more…
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Colbie Callait, Brooke Fraser and Missy Higgins and The Script would probably be the 4 most inspirational artists to me. They write such honest songs and are grounded and humble people who put on a great honest show.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Obviously my favourite artists!!
Q: What songs are on your Ipod at the moment?
A very wide range.. lots of the latest radio Pop songs and also albums of Kings of Leon, The Script, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Life house & Jessie J’s and I have them on repeat!
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I always write about what I know or what I have witnessed and truly felt. It just pours out of me really… I usually think of lyrics randomly during the day and write them down.. usually when I’m driving which is really inconvenient..and illegal!.. But I also sometimes just find a cool chord rhythm and sing random words to make a melody and then I leave it until I find some lyrics that match the chords and the overall feel of it. There’s no real recipe for writing a song – and that’s what I love about it i guess – it’s just something that you were born with.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
It’s definitely a combination of both for me. You can’t have happy major chords and really emotional sad lyrics… it just usually doesn’t work, unless there’s’ a purpose to it. I think you really need to consider both and how they work together.
Q: Where are you based?
Sydney – The hills area :-).
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Well it’s all I know and is home to me so I love it – nothing beats home.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m preparing for the World Championships of Performing Arts which is in July in Los Angeles. I was selected to represent Australia for the comp– so making sure I’m working hard to be at my best for that…But I would love to produce an EP it’s just trying to find the time to get it all done.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being selected to represent Australia in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) which is in July this year in Los Angeles… But also making it to executive producers for the Australia’s Got Talent try outs in 2010 was a big step for me… after trying out for Idol, X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent numerous times I finally got noticed and got through…
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Winning the World Performer award at WCOPA and starting to produce an EP.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
No gigs just yet but maybe starting to do some cover gigs around the hills area… I will be definitely having a fundraiser though to raise money for the World Performing Arts Comp and details will be up soon on www.racheleldon.com
Q: What do you do to relax?
Sing (funny that!) and dancing also makes me relax (i have being doing tap, modern and jazz since I was 4 years old) but I also just love watching a movie and drawing and painting and hitting the beach…
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Basically that I absolutely love what I do and don’t care what anyone says – I WILL make music my career, not just a ‘hobby’. I have a great work ethic and believe I can achieve anything I put my mind too and that attitude is the key to getting what you want and deserve. For any musician out there that has people telling them to get a real job – don’t give up, work hard and practice everyday and prove to them that you were born to do this – just as I believe I was.
Editor’s Note: Rachel is an extremely talented singer-songwriter who we’re sure will enjoy increasing success throughout this year and beyond. With Wake Me she has a deep, emotive but commercial song which definitely showcases her talent. Can’t wait for a full album!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Rachel Eldon, just follow the links below:
facebook link: www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Eldon/112733138739763
myspace link: www.myspace.com/racheleldon
web page link: www.racheleldon.com
Youtube embeds: www.youtube.com/racheleldonmusic