Q&A with world music duo of Felicity Lawless & MsEleneous, elevates the soul with Gypsy, world rock and folk element

"I want my music to wake up people’s souls… to make them feel. To connect with the moment, the vibration and the people sharing the experience around them. I think music is important to uplift the energy, magic and fun of the world... it is a celebration."

Felicity Lawless & MsEleneous: Dream On 

Felicity Lawless stimulates the senses and elevates the soul with music fusing Gypsy, world rock and folk elements. From deep in the forest, she creates music to heal the world and remind people of their connection to nature. Her sound is characterised by a flashy, Spanish guitar style, soaring vocal melodies and hypnotic rhythms. She performs with an energy that elevates and inspires while infusing her crowds with enthusiasm and joy. Felicity Lawless is now collaborating with vocalist, clarinetist and sax mistress, MsEleneous (Elena Marcigot) who adds flourishes of virtuosic gypsy clarinet, saxophone and heart warming harmonies. They are currently releasing their first combined album "Dream of Love" (2023) live on all platforms and live.

(Felicity Lawless & MsEleneous / Photo by Claire Cottone)

She has released 5 albums as Felicity Lawless, an album with Black Rabbit George in 2022 and a collaboration album with MsEleneous in 2023 as well as multiple albums with previous projects Julia Rose, Anarchist Duck and Bertha Control. Felicity says: "My music philosophy is to make the most beautiful music my soul can find to heal and uplift everyone who hears it. Through music I find presence and I hope to bring that whenever I play. I create because it brings me great joy." MsEleneous says: "My sound is unique, and my philosophy is co-creating with the artist I am collaborating with. The creative drive comes from a space of flow and presence."

Interview by Michael Limnios

How has the music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?

Felicity: My whole life has been music. I see the world through the lens of my music and because of this interest and study in all music’s of the world I have met and played with so many different people from different cultures and backgrounds. It influences everything.

Elena: Greatly, I would also say that the journeys I have taken have influenced my music. I was brought up as a classical clarinetist in the old continent in Italy. I then moved to Ireland and Portugal and started getting in touch more with world music (Irish Folk, Fado, African rhythms). I then moved to Argentina and started learning tango and bought a sax and got into reggae. Once in Australia I played with a variety of bands, from funk to reggae to flamenco to Brazilian traditional music. Therefore, music influences the views or the world and vice versa. It's a fascinating symbiotic process.

How do you describe your sound and music philosophy? Where does your creative drive come from?

Felicity: My music philosophy is to make the most beautiful music my soul can find to heal and uplift everyone who hears it. Through music I find presence and I hope to bring that whenever I play. I create because it brings me great joy.

Elena: My sound is unique, and my philosophy is co-creating with the artist I am collaborating with. The creative drive comes from a space of flow and presence.

What moment changed your music life the most? What´s been the highlights in your life and career so far?

Felicity: My biggest musical moment would probably be learning classical and flamenco guitar of Bob Oort. I fell quickly and madly in love with flamenco and Latin style guitar and never looked back. Before that I was playing mostly funk and reggae on electric guitar.

Elena: I guess when I quit classical music and decided to experiment with different genres. I then had to retrain my brain to improvise and create music. Highlights of my career: creating "Dream of Love" with Felicity Lawless, playing on a big stage such as BluesFest, performing with an orchestra in Switzerland as a soloist.

"Music is the healer, the connector, the raw feeling that can unite and bring people together." (From the streets & tapas bars of Spain & bustling Japanese live music venues, to Australian festivals, bars & restaurants Felicity Lawless & MsEleneous performs with an energy that elevates and inspires while infusing her crowds with enthusiasm & joy / Photo by Claire Cottone)

What do you miss most nowadays from the music of the past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of?

Felicity: I miss just taking the time with lots of other musicians to just sit and play for the absolute joy of it. I feel like we used to do this a lot more. I hope that more and more, people enjoy music for the organic beauty of singing and sharing and that this becomes increasingly celebrated.

Elena: I don't miss anything. I think music is in constant evolution. I hope there will always be the space to appreciate acoustic live instruments and not only electronic music.

What does to be a female artist in a Man’s World as James Brown says? What is the status of women in music?

Felicity: I see a lot of empowered women in music, and I have been very supported and encouraged by many awesome men in good positions in the music industry (like you!). I feel very grateful in fact. I hope that women continue to influence social trends by valuing and appreciating their own organic and natural beauty and aging.

Elena: I would like to say, "time to shine sisters". Finally, we can see a rise in female artist presence. And an empowerment of women in music.

What is the impact of music on the socio-cultural implications? How do you want the music to affect people?

Felicity: I want my music to wake up people’s souls… to make them feel. To connect with the moment, the vibration and the people sharing the experience around them. I think music is important to uplift the energy, magic and fun of the world... it is a celebration.

Elena: Music is the healer, the connector, the raw feeling that can unite and bring people together.

"I see a lot of empowered women in music, and I have been very supported and encouraged by many awesome men in good positions in the music industry (like you!). I feel very grateful in fact. I hope that women continue to influence social trends by valuing and appreciating their own organic and natural beauty and aging."

(Felicity Lawless & MsEleneous stimulates the senses and elevates the soul with music fusing Gypsy, world rock and folk elements / Photo by Claire Cottone)

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in the music paths?

Felicity: To be comfortable with who I am and sing from my heart. To be present and strong and bring joy wherever I walk. Mostly I have learned not to worry what others think of me and that the universe will always surprise and delight me.

Elena: Never give up, be open, experiment, be brave and follow your instinct.

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