In this Dream Tour segment, the electro-pop artist, Elena, reveals who she would want on her ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
Well hello. I’m Elena. I’m a singer-songwriter in the electro-pop genre and just released a song called “Build a Ship”. But I grew up on a farm, listening to country music (secretly) through the radio while my parents only allowed me to listen to classical music. So this tour will not stay in one genre. This dream tour will be somewhat of a carnival, up and moving around the world, perhaps having circus acts in between. And it will feature those who have influenced me the longest.
MØ – I’ve been inspired by MØ’s sound and delivery since I first began recording music in New York. She has so much eclectic energy alongside sincerity in her music, which makes it exciting and heartfelt. I saw her on tour in winter 2016 in New York, and it was one of the most special nights of my life. My best friend and I got tickets from my job at the time and somehow landed up in a VIP section. We couldn’t believe we were there and kept thinking we would get kicked out every time a staff member came to take our order or offer us something. The location wasn’t massive, but MØ brought so much energy to the stage and it felt incredible. After that show we were so inspired about our future goals and music careers, then the next day each went our separate ways home for Christmas, buzzing with plans for the next year. Right after Christmas, we found out my best friend had a health diagnosis that changed the course of her life, and that show was the last thing we remembered and got to experience from back when things were “normal” and full of hope. So MØ remains always precious in my mind.
George Strait and/or Conway Twitty – Ah, there has to be some country flair in this all. I’m a sucker for classic country music and spent my teen years obsessing over country albums and artist biographies. I haven’t seen George Strait perform live yet, but every carnival needs a cowboy act, right? And a resurrection? Conway Twitty died the year before I was born, but I bet if he was still alive we would do a smashing duet together. And George would of course join in because their voices are perfect together.
Lorde – We’d be so great on tour together because both our fanbases actually listen to lyrics. As in, have a DEEP appreciation for lyrics. She’s a phenomenal writer and performer and would fit perfectly in my carnival tour. She’d do a stripped back set, and then we’d sing some of the songs we wrote together, and then there’d be a giant light show and a magician would come out and dazzle the audience. I haven’t seen Lorde live yet, except for on youtube, so it would also be nice to cross that off my bucket list.
Miranda Lambert – Her “Revolution” & “Four the Record” were my teen soundtracks, and she’s a complete badass. Both albums have such an impact on my writing and embracing being a powerful occasionally broken person. I used to listen to half her albums when I was falling in love, and the other halves when I was about to break up and/or was angry with someone. Both moods really did the trick and were well done on her part. I’ve always wanted to play live with her (as well as write an album with her – give me a couple of years) so my tour/carnival will be ideal. She can be whatever part of the circus she wants to. Also, I have her song “Airstream Song” tattooed on me and I still don’t regret it.