Exclusive: An Edgy Addition For Your Playlist,“Reign” by Elise Fawcett

Elise Fawcett will fool you into thinking that she is much older than she really is. She surprises us with only being 17 years old, yet she uses such mature and blunt lyrics that will make you think twice. Her music is characterized by an edgy 90s sound along with satirical lyrics. Her songs are honest and poetic all at once which is what makes Elise's sound stand out. She is said to be like a “trap version of Lana Del Rey” and is compared to singers like Halsey and BANKS.

Elise's new song “Reign” is already giving a powerful vibe just from the title. It starts off with heavy fade ins and synths with a darker and angsty tone. Elise’s vocals also capture you with its dark alternative tone. She gives a very confident and dominant vibe hence the chorus “I’ll show you how I reign”. The split vocals also give this song its 90s influence flare. The splitting of the vocals give you a view of what Elise can do musically with her voice, and show that she is a multi talented artist. She is able to do pretty amazing runs with giving it a harmony at the same time. The somewhat digital effect on her two part voice really bumps up the electro pop synth for the listeners. Listen to "Reign" here.

Read our #BuzzMusic exclusive with Elise Fawcett.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?

Hey, I’m Elise Fawcett, a 17 year old up-and-coming pop/PBR&B artist from Calgary, Canada. I started performing, writing, and recording around the age of eight, and it’s been my whole life ever since. 

How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it? 

Nope! Haha, Elise Fawcett is my real name, but I have been considering a stage name for a while. The issue is it’s hard to find one that describes my brand, and also sounds dope. 

Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?

I do! I’ve been writing music since I was eight, and originally the process would go lyrics first and melody later, but recently I’ve been trying it the other way around. Most of my lyrical inspiration comes from 90’s rock or classic folk rock. I just really dig the way rock lyrics are so forwardly edgy and also poetic. Artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Elvis Costello are a big influence. I like to write satirically like they often do. However, I write primarily about modern day topics and incorporate a lot of my own personal experience and teenage lingo. Some modern artists that influence my writing would be Lana Del Rey and Halsey. They use a lot of imagery which is something I practice and preach.

We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?

Thank you! I wrote ‘Reign’ when I was 15, on a 20 minute bus ride to school one day. I had recently gotten out of a long-term relationship with a really toxic person, and was at the point where I wasn’t sad, but really angry. I was angry with the person who I had loved, trusted, and practically worshiped, for turning out to be someone else; someone manipulative and ego-driven. Mostly, I was angry that I allowed myself to be weak for this person and constantly make up excuses for things that were not okay. Yet instead of focusing that energy on reprimanding myself, I focused it on what I had learned and who I had become because of it. I realized that I was the stronger person, and that in the end they were the one who was weak. I wanted to show them that I wasn’t the same person anymore, and what they did, did not break me. At the time when I wrote 'Reign', I was also kind of obsessed with royals and Greek gods, specifically Hades and Persephone, which inspired the first line, “pomegranate lips,” and the theme of the song was born from there.

What’s next for you?

Moving forward after the release of ‘Reign’, I plan on releasing a new single and visual every month for the rest of the year. Right now I’m considering that once I’ve reached a sufficient number of tracks, I’ll compile the best ones, in addition to some new ones, into a debut EP which I will release sometime in 2019. I also plan on putting on some live performances this upcoming year so stay tuned.

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