(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #108: Elle Exxe

By on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 at 1:00 pm

Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2016 takes place next week. So this week, in the lead-up to the event, we’ll be previewing some of the acts I’m keen on seeing while I’m in Toronto. We’ll be asking some of these artists to answer a special list of Quickfire Questions tailored specifically to CMW 2016. Fans of Edinburgh singer/songwriter Elle Exxe (pronounced as the letters L X) are called ‘EXXTERMINATORS’ (sure beats ‘Nesbians’, eh?), so that should indicate to you the level of devotion that already exists for the young ‘dirty pop’ artist.

Hey Beyonce, you better watch your back! She’s got wayyy better hair than you and you know, in case the day gig doesn’t work out, she can start her own salon in London on the back of her mastery of all things that make a woman’s hair did. What do *you* have going for you, eh? If you’re heading out to CMW 2016 next week you have four chances to catch her live: Wednesday the 4th of May at the Cave (upstairs from Lee’s Palace) at 11 PM; Thursday the 5th at the Nest at midnight; Friday the 6th at the 300 Club at 2 AM; and finally Saturday the 7th at Drake Underground at 11 PM. For now, Elle has kindly answered our questions and you can read her answers below.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Loud. Feisty. Hormonal.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Canada’?
Can I? Duh..

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Toronto? Have you been before?
I’ve never been before. Honestly I’m mostly looking forward to seeing and hearing loads of amazing bands and artists with my friends and eating good food! We’re playing every single night so I’m not sure if we’ll have much time for exploring. I’d love to take the day trip to Niagara Falls though, that’s on my bucket list. I’d also love to do the Edge Walk on CN Tower.

Of the bands who have already been announced (https://cmw.net/music/artists/), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Yes – NAO is a must see!!! I’m looking forward to seeing Willa on Saturday night at Drake (Underground) before our set. I’d love to see Tegan and Sara too.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase for your time at CMW that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Probably wig glue..there’s not gonna be time for my usual glamour routine and I gotta keep my hair on while I’m moshing, hahaha.

You are receiving funding from PRS for Music Foundation to make the trip over to the pond to showcase at CMW. Tell us about how you got involved with PRS Foundation and what their funding means to your trip / your career.
My manager told me about it. The funding means I can take my band with me and showcase my music in the best possible way. I think the trip would have been almost impossible without the PRS Foundation giving their financial support. It means a lot to me as an artist as well because it shows that they believe in me and my music. It gives me faith and hope and strengthens my belief that this is what I’m meant to be doing. I’m so grateful for it!

After CMW, what’s up next for you? Writing and recording? TGE / summer festivals / etc.? Do tell!
Yes I’ll be playing TGE, Liverpool Sound City and Xpo North amongst others. I’ll be writing and recording at the same time and working on some visual creative projects too. It’s going to be a mad few months; my album ‘Love Fuelled Hate’ is out in September.

We now go back to our regularly scheduled programming of our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘We Will Rock You’ – Queen.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’– The Offspring.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Business Time’ – Flight Of The Conchords.

What song makes you cry?
‘Good Goodbye’ – Lianne La Havas.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Safe Home’ – Anthrax.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Caught Out There’ – Kelis.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Aaah, there are too many to choose from! The most recent song I wish I’d written is ‘7 Years’ – Lukas Graham.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Screenwriter John Waters.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be running a unique hair salon specialising in creative-do’s and synthetic hair.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Cartel – ‘Chroma’. It’s an album I loved when I was a teenager and although it’s not my favourite album now, it’s always something I can listen to without getting irritated at or bored of. If you only have one album to listen to you wanna make sure it’s something you never get sick of. But…it wouldn’t be heaven if I could only bring one album!

Thanks, Elle, for answering our questions! And many thanks, too, to Umong for his kind assistance.

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