Q and As with Miss Elm

First up, how did Miss Elm form and what has kept you together?

I started out solo, then gigged around with Lucy after she persuaded her to join (they went to school together), and later on sniped (borrowed) James Lord and James Peeters from another band called “The Ride” at a show they did together on The Gold Coast (at a place used to be called “The Basement”)

Miss Elm is a pretty interesting name, where did the inspiration come from?

It came from forming the initials of Erin and Lucy who both had the same middle names (freakishly).

Which bands have had the biggest influence on the music you make?

It’s a mixture of taste between the four of us; Cat Empire, Regina Spektor, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

How do you compose your new songs? Do you rely on the same method, or do you mix it up?

Usually the main idea comes from me (as I’m always in trouble) when I’m really struggling with something emotionally and really need to vent it via music. I then take it to the others to develop the idea, work out something that gels between us and put some more pizzazz into it.

Say somebody stumbles across you guys picking through your live set. How are they going to describe your sound and live show to their mates. What other comments might they make?

Firstly, they get really excited, because it’s different, fresh and quirky pop (but not strictly). Secondly they go home with the songs stuck in their head, as it’s damn catchy. We have had some interesting comments after shows, such as “Jesus want’s to Marry you”, “Come to Switzerland” and “Wow that was so amazing I want to make out with the entire band”

You name has been thrown around with the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke and Washington when giving comparisons. Is it cool to have such big kudos placed on your music, or a little daunting?

I think it’s cool, as Washington and Kate are both great breakthrough artists in the way they have introduced a different flare to the music scene. The way they mix up Jazz and Classical influences with pop while still keeping it fresh is something I’m inspired by.

Your single ‘Man Repellent’ is a pretty cool pop number that got some airplay on the Js – I personally love the brass section to this tune. What was it like to hear your music being played on the radio?

It’s really fantastic and rewarding to be played on a station that has so much influence on Australia’s music scene, hopefully they’ll like our new stuff!

You just released a brand new EP called ‘Idle Away’, describe the albums vibe and the ideal listening situation to maximise enjoyment?

Ideal listening situation would be anywhere, as there is a distinct character to each song and it takes you on a journey when you first listen in. The vibe; happy.

You’re touring off the back of the ‘Idle Away’ EP release. Where are you going and are there any shows you are particularly excited for?

I’m excited for all of the shows! We are playing in Maleny, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast. I may be a little extra excited to play at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney however, as they have 2 stages, and wallet vending machines.

After a pretty successful start to the year, what does the rest of 2013 hold for Miss Elm? Can we label you a dark horse for to claim the hottest 100?

Definitely dark horse, more surprises to come!

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