Das Werk Haus
Soft but forceful. Noisy at times, but still nuanced.
Once you listen to Elena Steri, those seemingly contradictory descriptions will suddenly start making a lot of sense. Her delicate voice and her remarkably roomy yet playful vocal layering radiate warmth and may remind you of artists like Ex:Re, Feist or Hanne Hukkelberg. Her complex musical art pop arrangements stretch from heavy synths over spliced field-recordings to wavering guitar riffs and will reel you in with their versatile combination from the very first note. Her songwriting doesn't ask to be put in a box, it asks to break out of it. In her music, Elena Steri talks about topics like mental health or what it means to her to be a non-male person and she asks for change with an outspokenness that is demanding and yet hopeful to succeed. Each of her songs tells its own lyrical and musical story, which is what makes listening to them an altogether wholesome experience. Growing up in Sardinia in a small house by the sea, she caught onto the chance of using a variety of bilingual musical influences from early on, but did not start performing onstage until she was almost 20 years old. And maybe keeping her work hidden away from public judgement for a long time is what now makes her music feel so uncompromisingly honest and close to her in the first place.
Elena then quickly latched onto the idea of pursuing music as a career and put out her first produced EP entitled "Chaotic Energy" over the Berlin-based label ListenRecords back in 2020. Since then she has collaborated and worked with several artists on the ascending branch (e.g. Blackout Problems, NOVAA, A Tale Of Golden Keys) and recently started scoring for several cinematic projects.
The concert of Elena Steri is part of the funding project "c/o pop 2022 musichubgermany " and is supported by the Initiative Musik gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft GmbH with project funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.