Since bursting onto the scene through the ‘Your Shot’ DJ competition in 2017, Ellie Walsh has proven her passion and connection with electronic music since day one, when she discovered her immense love for techno at Strawberry Fields at the age of 19.
Connecting deeply with the wide range of sounds at her disposal – her large, eclectic collection of music creates well-rounded sets, that provide a full emotive journey from start to finish. This energy that she brings to her dynamic performances have put her on some impressive line-ups over this past year, at Melbourne institutions such as My Aeon, Revolver, New Guernica, Groove Haus and Groundfloor for a wide range of different collectives – and has proudly been made a resident and family member for Progression Sessions.
While fully immersing herself in the scene and studying music production at SAE, she has some exciting live elements and new creations in the works. Continue to watch this space as were only at the start of her journey.
What made you decide to study music production?
I decided to study music production because as much as I love playing the music that I’ve connected with either just in my every day life or at festivals I just suddenly got the urge to be creating my own sound. Songs that I’d never heard before started getting stuck in my head and I just really felt that they needed to be created. I also really want to be doing live sets in the future so it just seemed like the right next step to take.
Do you have a favourite sound or instrument?
My favourite random sounds are probably that little ‘ting’ when you open a Zippo lighter or when you run a stick along a fence while walking, just like when you were a kid.
Favourite genre sound would be when the bass sounds go all quiet and then slowly gets louder and closer as if they’re coming to you from over a hill.
Favourite instrument would have the be the violin! I’ve begun learning how to play it because I’d love to incorporate it with my live performances. Trust me to pick one of the hardest instruments as my first to learn!
When are you your the happiest self?
I have two places where I am my most happy self; either when I am on the dance floor connecting to someone else’s set at a bush doof, like when you get all overwhelmed by how beautiful literally everything is around you and you just weep of happiness because of how connected everyone is all moving to one beat together. The second place is when I am playing my own sets. I really struggle with anxiety but when I press play it’s like all of my problems and fears were never even there. That two way connection and energy exchange I feel with the crowd warms my heart and knowing I could be creating those life changing experiences I’ve had with the music I play for other people is really the best thing I could ever imagine doing for someone.
KONTRAST COLLECTIVE is a group of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. Apart from organising events we love to shine light on Australia’s best upcoming and veteran DJ’s. The sixteenth round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix Series will run from April 3rd to 24th, with an exclusive podcast from each artist along with a short interview to get to know them better.
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