SUPERGIRL PRO CONCERT SERIES: ELISE TROUW
Elise Trouw is a multi-instrumentalist born and living in Southern California. Raised on The Carpenters, Green Day, and 80’s New Wave, she always looked forward to rides in her mom’s car where they listened to “mix-tapes”, whether it was on a compilation CD or an ancient iPod. Inspiration struck when her six-year-old self first heard the haunting piano melody in “My Immortal” by Evanescence. She begged her parents for piano lessons, and after they finally relented, they were then begging her to not practice at five in the morning every day. She did so anyway, and her love for playing piano grew into a greater love for music.
Life changed when her family bought the game Rockband for Xbox. After mastering the drums to “Dani California” on Expert Mode, Elise thought she was ready to rock. It took a lot more to convince her parents she needed drum lessons, but she managed to wear them down with her obsessive talk and relentless requests. Luckily, at that time they were living on a 2-acre former chicken farm in the middle of nowhere, so the decibel change from piano to drums was not an issue.
A few months after finding her way around an actual drum kit, Elise’s parents realized that she was serious about drumming, so they supported her cause and enrolled her in School of Rock, where she learned to play and perform with other young musicians. Being one of the youngest only pushed her harder to keep up with the older kids. From Mitch Mitchell’s jazz-rock waltz on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” to the syncopated groove of Richard Bailey on Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow” to the funky feel of Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi, she wanted to learn it all.
During her high school years, Elise started reading charts in band, and jazz became another component of her musicality. At the same time, she began writing both on piano and guitar, spending hours before, after, and even during school to fulfill her creative desires. Because of her dedication to music and growing following on social media, she graduated early to commit fully to music and the creation of her first album.
Her debut album ‘Unraveling’ (released March 2017) features her musicality playing drums, guitar, bass, and piano, as well as writing and singing on all of the tracks. With songs in 5/4 and 7/4, chords that you’d normally find in The Real Book next to “Take Five,” and influences such as Radiohead, The Police, and Steely Dan, Elise’s music is a blend of genres, that she defines as Alternative Pop with a touch of jazz.
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