Hailing from Perth, Feels (Elise Reitze-Swensen and Rosie Taylor) are the most exciting live electronic act to hit the scene. Combining their training in classical percussion with their unique production style, they have been pioneering a whole new sound and setting the performance standard for live electronic.
Since starting as a duo in 2016 Feels have received consistent industry respect and have been personally invited by Ableton to attend Ableton Loop Berlin, undertake studio residencies in Sydney and Auckland at Red Bull HQ as well as presenting at Ableton user groups across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
In 2017, Feels won Triple J Unearthed ‘Listen Out’ Festival competition and made their debut festival appearance. Their tracks ‘Prior Engagement’ and ‘They Need Us (feat. Stella Donnelly)’ have both won praise throughout the Australian and global music industries.
Feels recently showcased at SXSW Austin, Texas where they performed a massive 7 showcases in 7 days across the festival. They are set to release two dynamic singles, each with a featuring vocalist, in the lead up to the release of their debut album in September 2019.
In addition to their artist project, Elise and Rosie have also co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth). WOMPP is a female run label, booking agency and Ableton user group community. WOMPP gives opportunity to female, transgender and non-binary music makers to share, discuss and showcase music production within the broader Australian music community.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
Lemongrab from Adventure Time mixed with the big flying dog from Never Ending Story.
What’s the plan for 2019?
We have just come off the back of a lot of travel/touring and are due to release our debut album in September! We are seriously excited to be releasing such a large body of work that has been in the making for quite some time now. We will be doing a national tour after the release and are setting our sights on returning to the US and Europe.
What’s on your music bucket list?
Release an album, do a tour in Europe, release a Bradley Cooper sample pack (all sounds made from Bradley Cooper’s voice), get one of those Britney Spears head mics and expand our record label.
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
Once our laptop got knocked off its stand onto the floor mid-song at a packed gig and somehow everything kept working. Rosie played a drum solo to distract everyone while Elise quickly jumped down to grab it. We continued on like nothing happened. We now velcro the laptop to the stand to avoid any more mid-set heart attacks.
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Jack Black (as he appears in School of Rock), Machinedrum and Beethoven.
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
Spicy by Charli XCX, Flood Gates by Sinjin Hawke, Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) by Lizzo and the entire collab album ‘Zoospa’ by J-E-T-S aka Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum.
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Pick up that laptop, stop playing Sims and download Ableton.
What tips/advice would you share with other artists?
Don’t ask, don’t get!!
What’s in your gig bag?
Literally 7 backup pairs of mallets and sticks in all different bags because we left our stick bag at a random venue once and had to play a show with no marimba mallets! Turns out playing 4 mallet grip on a 4 octave MalletKAT with 4 drumsticks kinda works…
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
Because we like to have the best quality sound while performing live on stage and Audiofly is the best!
Check out their live performance below: