Elle Young - scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
Elle Young - scenestr of the day Image © Will Hamilton-Coates
What do you do? I do many things like lots of people in the music industry; I host a radio show (Headhunters, every Monday on PBS FM), I DJ, I'm a vocalist and songwriter, I'm a band manager and publicist at Hopestreet Recordings, and I run a music PR business called Midnight Snack.

Why do you do it? I love music and I always wanted to surround myself with it, professionally and personally. I think I've well and truly done that.

What do you love about the city you live in? There are many things I love about Melbourne. I came here from Perth to be immersed in the music scene and the culture, and I love that on any night of the week here you can find some live music to see, an art show or theatre to watch. I love how beautiful nature is only a short drive away, and after the intense lockdowns that we faced my love has grown even more for the resilience of our creative community, and how everyone has continued to support and barrack for each other.

Where did you go for your last holiday? I actually went back to Perth in Western Australia after a year of being locked out! The water is still warm there, so I got to throw myself in the ocean, get some of that iconic Perth sun, spend time with friends and family and visit my home town Yallingup, which is the most idyllic place in the world.

What's your favourite item of clothing? My mum gifted me her vintage designer George Gross baby blue skirt suit, and even though I only wear it on special occasions I get to channel her fierce '80s energy and I love it.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid? When I was a kid, I was obsessed with 'The Simpsons' and I started making prank phone calls to my friends' homes. The parents knew my voice, so I got found out and then was banned from watching it.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go? To 1972, either at The Troubadour in Hollywood or The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, New York to see the Donny Hathaway live concert that was recorded and is now one of my favourite records of all time.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? Fish tacos!

What's the best lesson you've ever learned? Everything is ok in the end, and if it's not ok, it's not the end.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance? I feel really lucky to enjoy what I do for work, but like a lot of people in similar situations it can feel like I am working seven days a week with DJing and other commitments that come through. This year, I want to get out in nature more so I don't get too burned out, and recharge by hanging with friends and family and some travel, especially after the few years that we've had.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows. . . I used to be a grommet, which is a young surfer. I grew up in a surf-coast town called Yallingup, and my Dad is an avid surfer so I used to go surfing after school every day with my surf girl gang. As I mentioned before, pretty idyllic.

How do you define success? To feel happy and inspired with what you do every day, and if it helps people along the way then that is success.

What's your spirit animal? My Chinese horoscope – a tiger.

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