Elise Reitze-Swensen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer and music community founder. Known as electronic artist ‘Feels’, Elise has been playing piano for 16 years, percussion for 12 years and composing/producing for 11 years. Elise holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Western Australia and is also an official Ableton certified trainer. In 2017, Elise founded the music community/Ableton User Group ‘Women of Music Production Perth’ (WOMPP)’.
Elise has performed as electronic duo ‘Feels’ at festivals such as Listen Out, Falls Festival, Laneway Festival, Groovin The Moo and SXSW. She has supported Ngaiire, Mansionair, Yeo, Kimbra, G Flip, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Oribtal. In 2017, Feels released their first single ‘Prior Engagement’ from debut EP ‘Emerald’. The single received international praise from the likes of RedBull, Spotify (‘Fresh Finds’) and Apple Music (‘Best of The Week’). Feels have since released multiple singles and EP which have received support from the likes of Triple J, BBC radio 1, Spotify and community radio. Feels have topped the Amrap metro charts with ‘They Need Us (feat. Stella Donnelly)’, named “one of this year’s best songs” – (Purple Sneakers, 2018).
Elise has won multiple awards as Feels including West Australian Music’s (WAM) ‘Song of The Year’ 2017-18 & 2018-19, ‘Best Electronic Artist’ 2017 & 2018, ‘Best Electronic Producer’ 2018 and ‘Label of The Year’ 2018 for her label WOMPP. Feels has been fully funded for multiple music projects by Australia Council, DLGSC and Otherside Brewing.
Elise has recently been announced as a finalist for the bi-annual APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award in the electronic/dance category.
This year, Red Bull personally invited Feels to undertake a studio residency in New Zealand, to write and produce music for the debut Feels album (November 2019 release).
In 2018, WOMPP launched as a record label and booking agency. WOMPP has curated stages for Falls Festival 2018 and 2019, Perth International Arts Festival 2018, Kickstart Festival 2018 and 2019 as well as presented a talk at TEDxPerth 2018.
Elise runs monthly meetings for her community WOMPP and has run WOMPP community events in Adelaide, Melbourne, EMC Sydney and Auckland for APRA AMCOS.
Elise is a passionate music educator, leader and advocate for equal gender representation in the industry. Elise has been tutoring instrumental music and production/composition to school students for 8 years and is also a lecturer in electronic music at The University of Western Australia (UWA).