Elsa Hewitt is a songwriter and producer from Lewes, in East Sussex. Her songs fuse the good, the bad and the ugly: deadpan delivery and dense thickets of prose; melodic, detailed and moody beats, and strongly distinctive compositions. With over 10 albums to her name, Hewitt has written more than most can claim for an entire lifetime. Yet, at 26, there appears to be no curb to her creativity, as she plans her most productive year to date.
Hewitt started playing guitar and writing songs aged 13 and simultaneously began home- recording her own albums with a four-track cassette, marking the first step in her journey towards producing. During her teenage years, she formed Prince Harry, a band whose recognition in the Brighton music scene enabled her to broaden her creative scope to live arrangements and electronics. In 2013, Hewitt made her first solo electronic album, ‘Hotel Rosemary’; an album of textural ambience, silky synthesisers and dulcet heartbreak. Since then she has continued to delve deeper into the realms of electronics and found sounds that have become captivating and intriguing features of her recent work.
But despite her wide-eyed eagerness for sonic experimentation, the heart of Hewitt’s songs often lie in their words. Her lyrics fixate on the social experience of being human: from the cosmic to the mundane. In each and every line, Hewitt presents a unique perspective on the strange behaviour of people. No thought is too slight, no confession too private.
After only a few years of using electronics as a solo artist, she has supported the likes of Samaris, Daisuke Tanabe, Anna Meredith, Cat’s Eyes and Olivia Louvel. In 2016 she gained recognition from PRSF who made her the winner of the Lynsey de Paul Prize, awarding her a talent bursary and mentorship. The following November, she was announced as a Year 2 Future Bubbler, receiving further mentorship and recognition courtesy of the Brownswood imprint. In April Hewitt released Cameras From Mars, which constituted the first instalment of the three-album trilogy that she promises to release this year. The second instalment, Dum Spiro Spero, is set to be released this summer.