Elisa has released new EP, Secret Diaries, through a personal “in progress” Spotify Playlist, on which she will upload unpublished tracks and demos, not necessarily linked to official releases. Elisa is also performing tonight as part of the Fringe Festival in Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh so we caught up with her about performing at the fringe and her new release.
TF: You have a new EP out, Secret Diaries, what has the reception been like so far?
It has been great actually, I didn’t think these songs would have this emotional impact on my fans. I believe in them of course, but I thought of them as something very personal and intimate and I didn’t think they could also be so powerful live…Instead it seems like people are feeling them a lot. It’s a very rewarding and moving feeling for me, I didn’t expect it.
TF: Can you tell us a bit more about it, like what inspired to write it and the story behind the title?
The stories behind the songs are quite different from one another. Some are about love and relationships, different stages and times in a relationship, and one in particular, which is My America talks about how I see my young self and my early days as a songwriter. What were my hopes and what gave me the strength to believe in my dream.
The title is self-explanatory…I just released a record in Italy called Diari Aperti, Open Diaries in English and Secret Diaries is a more intimate and confidential part of the same body of work for me.
The tone is very confidential, like the one you use when you’re writing a very personal and secret diary and the songs are very direct and autobiographical, that is why I chose that title. It’s a paradox when something so personal and intimate gets released and shared with “strangers”. But I feel that’s exactly the beauty of songwriting and listening to music. It’s the power of honesty and the courage to say even what hurts the most. Somehow honesty always has a passport to go anywhere and is recognisable by most of the people that love music.
TF: You are currently on tour, are you excited to play Edinburgh during Fringe Festival?
Oh yes, I am very excited indeed!!! I love Scotland and the vibe up there. It’s north but it feels like south, people are super warm and fun, I loved it every time I have been there.
I opened for Damien Rice in some ex church in Glasgow back in early 2002. Then went back for more shows and loved it.
TF: Who is your favourite Scottish musician?
I loved working with Howie B, he is such a genius and has amazing taste, And an incredible sense of humour!
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
This is a short tour…less than ten gigs…I’ll say that Oslo was the most magnetic one for now.
You can see Elisa in Liquid Rooms tonight at 19:00. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com