Eliza Hull on starting to own who she is

 Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder

Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder

NAME

Eliza Hull

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I write and sing songs

FAVOURITE BAND?

The Cranberries

FAVOURITE SONG?

Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O'Connor

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WAY?

Bjork - Her voice is incredible, she constantly pushes boundaries, speaks her mind, and has the ability to articulate things that I feel, in a way I wish I could.

 

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

When I first moved to Melbourne from my hometown Wodonga. I was seventeen, and I remember being so excited, I packed my car full and drove down the Hume Highway singing 'Everyday is A Winding Road' by Sheryl Crow on the top of my lungs! Freedom had arrived! But the reality was very different. I arrived not knowing many people, not knowing my way around the city, my apartment had hardly any furniture, my bed was hard, and I had no cooking skills (I put a plastic plate in the oven - disaster ha ha). I got pretty depressed at that point, and ended up in an bad relationship. I had enrolled into a Bachelor of Communication (Media) but wasn't ready to study so dropped out and started pursuing singing instead, which was in itself a very big learning curve! When my parents broke up was another hard moment, I was sixteen. Although now in retrospect it's been the best thing for both sides, it's hard to see your parents individually struggle with their own emotional journeys, and seeing them both lonely and hurting really upset me. Another hard thing I deal with is accepting myself, loving myself and believing in myself. It's not a particular moment but instead something that has continually followed me around - I feel as though I am now coming out the other end. I am starting to get comfortable with myself and owning who I am. When you're about to release music it can take a lot of courage, because you have to put yourself on the line time and time again for people to critique.

 Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder 

Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder 

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

Women are powerful and electric when they speak their minds, and are true to themselves.

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

I remember someone once saying to me 'when will you get this music idea out of your system?' I have also been told constantly throughout my life that it's too hard, and not a smart career choice. I've had my own internal resistance as well, sometimes I wonder why I'm still putting so much of my time into my musical career, but I manage it by listening to my heart, and I always ask the question 'What would it feel like without it?' and 'Would my heart be ok if it wasn't able to sing?'. The answer always brings me back to knowing that this is right for me, because I love it and it brings me joy.

Eliza Hull's new song 'Hard Way' is out today, listen on Spotify and Apple Music. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Instagram.