Award-winning Gold Coast singer-songwriter, ELEEA brings cool alt-country vibes with bold new single, Wasting Time, out today.
Drenched in ELEEA’s signature smoky vocals, gun-slinging guitar-led hooks and punchy production by ARIA chart-topping producer, Brad Hosking (Amy Shark), Wasting Time is the first single from ‘The Travel Collection’ – an anthology of songs inspired by her solo backpacking trips to more than 35 countries.
Listen to Wasting Time HERE
“As I backpacked, busked and couchsurfed through my first trip to Europe, I set myself a challenge to write a song inspired by every country I went to. When I had a quick stop over in Slovakia, I figured I still technically had to write a song about it,” said ELEEA, who won the Queensland Music Award for Best Soul/Funk/RnB Song in 2018.
“The only lines that came to mind were ‘passing through’ and ‘wasting time’ as I waited at the bus station, but then I related it to an experience with an ex who I never should’ve fallen for, and the song wrote itself. I picked up my travel guitar and everything poured out in 20 minutes. Then the bus arrived!”
With plenty of independent globetrotting under her belt, ELEEA was selected from a worldwide search for Busabout’s ‘Ultimate Travel Squad’, which granted her a second European summer in 2018 and armed her with a unique arsenal of stories to bring home and develop into her upcoming EP.
“I’ve always been a songwriter, but I was about 18 when I caught the solo travel bug and my writing started to draw from experiences outside of my small town and personal relationships. I was terrified when I impulsively booked my first month in Japan by myself, but I’ve been hooked ever since!“
“35 countries and 700 songs later, the adventures I’ve had and people I’ve met have made me a much better storyteller. I’m never more inspired than when I’m out of my comfort zone,” she said.
Fearless and frank in the delivery of her lyrics and the things she’s done to inspire them, Wasting Time picks up on the restlessness and impermanence of solo travel, with a strong sense of the bravery of striking out on your own and embracing the unknown.
“I hope people pick up on that independent attitude and feel inspired to chase their own adventures.”
From her Mullumbimby roots and multi-cultural heritage, to the Miss Universe Australia stage, and destinations across the globe, ELEEA has lots of interesting stories to tell – and she’s only just getting started.
Wasting Time, by ELEEA is available on all digital outlets NOW