Passionately “purple” pop artist Anastasia Elliot joins hosts Skunk Manhattan and Victor Ramos on the newest episode of Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast! Drawing inspiration from early exposure to opera and ballet, this Houston native relocated to Nashville at age 16 to further explore her musical passion. In the years since, Anastasia has written over 300 songs alongside several renowned songwriters and producers, continuing to navigate the ever-changing tides of the modern music industry.
A visionary in every aspect, this classically trained pianist and vocalist approaches each project with a big picture in mind.
Elliot aims to immerse her listeners in a symphonic pop rock musical universe, mixed harmoniously with mind-bending visuals and her impressive string of videos from the forthcoming LP, La Petite Mort. Anastasia’s innate artistic prowess and meticulous attention to detail is simply unmatched. Not only that, but Anastasia’s vocal range captures an array of emotions to comprise the very concept of the phrase “la petite mort”, which roughly translates to “the brief loss or weakening of consciousness”, “the little death” and “orgasm” in French. Songs like “The Boy Who Cried Love” and “Cigarettes and Gasoline” take the listener on different journeys, as do the stunning visuals implemented in her music videos.
Further impressive is the fact that every visual element from the props, set design and costuming are painstakingly created by Anastasia! With influences ranging from Rachmaninoff and Chopin to 80s power pop females (and even the lesser known Dope Lemon and The Black Angels), the eclectic nature of Anastasia’s personal catalogue comes as no surprise. From the deeply personal “Crash Landing”, which ironically coincided with Anastasia experiencing the horror of an actual plane crash, to “Elfastasia’s” fun cover of George Michael’s “Last Christmas”, listen to a one-by-one rundown of each single and related music video, including awesome cover’s of No Doubt‘s “Hella Good” and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”.
Hear about Elliot’s firsthand experience with the ups and downs of our modern technological landscape, the necessity of social media, the importance of marketing, the NAMM show, Godin Guitars, shower singing, TikTok and the viral “sigh guy”, “vanity metrics” and her senior Pomeranian’s demand 3am chicken patties. In a relatively short time, Elliot has accumulated over a million views on YouTube and over half a million streams. She has toured, performed on television and hosted her own panel at NAMM on the future of technology for independent musicians. Also very active in public speaking, Anastasia has given seminars at high schools, colleges and corporations, focusing on healing trauma and mental illness. She partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness for high-schoolers during COVID and also headlined a benefit show with The Great Khalid Foundation for families of the victims of the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas. This ever-evolving artist constantly seeks outlets that allow her to stay open and inspired, so make sure to check out Anastasia Elliot’s latest singles “London” and “Masquerade” via the links below, as well as her podcast, The Purple Sessions.
About the podcasters
Skunk is a musician, primarily known as the frontman and guitarist for eclectic heavy-rock band A Good Rogering. Since moving to Austin in 2004, he has recorded and performed with a wide variety of bands and solo artists over a career spanning more than 20 years and has shared the stage with notable acts, such as Skid Row, Marty Friedman, Uli Jon Roth, George Lynch and Metal Church among others. Skunk not only works as a performing musician and recording artist, but also as a producer and music teacher. With two decades of insight into what it means to be a professional musician and a passion for not only music, but comedy and general chatter, Skunk was quick to jump at the opportunity to co-host a podcast with longtime friend, Victor Ramos.
A Texas native, Victor’s early musical influences are a mixture of classic rock albums played by his Vietnam vet father and a whole lot of ‘the Fab Four’ via his Beatles-loving mother. Sprinkle in some classic country and Motown, and you have a man that would say “¿que?” when other Tejanos would ask what his favorite cumbia was. After a stint in the Marines, Victor moved to Austin in 2000 and began working in the tech industry. He met Skunk in a Spanish class in 2005 and the two discovered a shared passion for not only beer, but music. After years of collectively attending concerts and talking music, the idea to start a podcast centering around such topics seemed like a logical endeavor.