Melbourne's 21 year old Elle Tayla is Yollks, the young artist just releasing her second single and already creating elusive and alluring minimalist electronica.
She'll be launching her single on the 21st of April at Melbourne’s John Curtin Hotel. Yollks will be raising money for HoMie, which is a label that supports people experiencing homelessness. You’ll be able to purchase some of the great products they’ve created and for every pre-sale sold, five dollars will be donated to HoMie!
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Her single Substance begins by placing you in an ethereal, wide open field of sound. A quiet, shy synth whispers under Yollks’ expansive voice. The song then moves through several dramatic tonal shifts, which bring the song to a far more passionate and sinister climax. Her echoing, empty church vocals glide in and out while a persistent, grumbling beat thumps in.
We got to ask Yollks a few questions ahead of the launch of her single~
1. What inspired you to get involved with HoMie?
They've been a favourite brand/organisation of mine for a while now. I so admire what they do. It's rare to go to a store that not only nails style but also makes you feel good about purchasing those items; and knowing that you're helping someone else whilst doing that is such a good feeling. HoMie are a brand that I care so much about, teaming up with them for the launch felt like a really good way to raise awareness about their message.
2. How has place influenced your musical development?
Moving to Melbourne completely changed my music taste. I started writing for a few music blogs when I moved here and that's when I really started to take notice of the whole electronic scene and realised how much I loved it. I went from making and listening to mostly folk music to immersing myself in more eclectic off-kilter sounds.
3. What are your experiences/thoughts surrounding the presence of women in music?
I feel like we're living in a time where a lot of people with their heads switched on are fighting harder than ever for women/ non-binary to be heard and brought to the front. It's really exciting to me that I get to be a part of that movement. The Melbourne music scene is home to so many beautiful, talented women but I think it's easy for people to forget that unfortunately, there is an equality imbalance within the industry. Even if it's by little things like going to see a female/non-binary act play live, or being conscious of how dominating your male lineup for a gig/festival may be and doing something about it; every little bit helps break down those barriers and supports the overall goal of equality.
4. From your debut single, Return to Sender, how has your musical style changed?
I've become a lot more daring in terms of adding in sounds and layers and I've definitely figured out a firmer direction of where I want to take my sound.
5. What/who are your influences?
Depeche Mode are one of my favourite bands. They delve into that darker region of music, both lyric-wise and instrumentally. They also have a lot of bazaar synth lines that I always get excited about. Florence Welch is also a huge influence for me because I learned how to sing by listening to her. I actually thought i was tone-deaf for a long time before I discovered her music around the end of year 9 but I really just hadn't found a style of singing that sat right with me. Listening to her made me think about my approach to singing in a completely different way.
And lastly the xx will always be one of my favourite bands. Everything about their music is so simplistic and minimalistic but there is so much in their tracks emotionally that their songs never feel empty.