Oh Drat: I guess you’re a multi instrumentalist, with piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, and of course the Balinese gamelan as well… anything else up your sleeve?!
Elan Tamara: No, no, I’m kind of mainly piano, I’m not really that good at anything else! (laughs)
ET: I do quite like learning new instruments, but I mean, I never really thoroughly learn them – I think the only thing I really focused on was mainly piano. Obviously I’m quite focused on the gamelan as well, but other stuff I really just learned because before I had a band and stuff if I wanted to record stuff and get it to sound, you know, big in the recording, I had to pick up other instruments as well to fill out the sound… so it wasn’t so much a skill building thing as just getting the basics so that I could realise the sound I wanted.
before I had a band and stuff if I wanted to record stuff and get it to sound, you know, big in the recording, I had to pick up other instruments as well to fill out the sound
OD: Oh okay – on Shadows it does sound like the piano is at the centre of the writing process, do you ever focus on other instruments when writing to get different inspirations?
ET: Yeah, I mean it is nice thinking about another instrument. I’ve only ever written one song on guitar… I’ve written a song on the autoharp actually, which is gonna be on my new EP.
OD: That sounds interesting!
ET: Yeah, I started on this zither I bought off eBay and then added the piano afterwards, so it is quite… it makes you come up with new things, when you try another instrument – or approach, if I try and approach the piano in a new way, that kinda thing.