Armed with only three chords, she started creating songs – captivating ballads about the things she knew, like friendship, heartbreak and the pain of growing up. With her incredible husky voice and a gift for songwriting that belied her years, Elli’s music stopped people in their tracks – and mostly kept her out of trouble.
Since then, the Fremantle-based hairdresser has created a catalogue of incredible songs and has performed alongside some of music's biggest names. She has played at Falls Downtown, Fremantle’s answer to Falls Festival, two years running – selected by triple j unearthed as their Falls winner for the 2018 slot – and has shared the stage with Ben Folds, Tash Sultana, Gang of Youths, Billy Bragg, Ocean Alley, Ali Barter, Killing Heidi, Airling, Julien Baker, Bec Sandridge and even Ronan Keating.
Her hotly awaited new track Shark, produced by Dave Parkin (Tired Lion), is a beautifully stripped-back ode to losing yourself in love. It was Schoen’s first time in the producer’s seat, exercising full creative control to create a minimalistic yet powerfully emotive sound.