Meet San Diego’s Latest Breakout Star, Elise Trouw

Chris Cantore
Written by Chris Cantore

Following in the sandy footsteps of Blink 182, Jewel, Jason Mraz, and Switchfoot, eighteen year old multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Elise Trouw is San Diego’s latest music export to be receiving national attention.

A graduate of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Trouw finished school a year early to record and independently release her ten song debut album, Unraveling, on her eighteenth birthday (last February 2017.)

The album features the child prodigy on every instrument including drums, guitar, piano, and bass guitar.

As impressive as that is, Elise’s meteoric rise to fame is mostly attributed to the success of her Instagram (385K followers,) Facebook, and YouTube  — specifically, the professionally-produced videos of cover mashups she posts.

Live looping everything from Foo Fighters‘ “Everlong” to a lovely rendition of “The Girl From Ipanema,” Trouw’s mashups garner more than 1/2 million views per video.

Citing Radiohead, The Police, Steely Dan and Tower of Power as primary influences, it is Elise’s stunning rendition of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi” and The Police’s “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” that propelled the La Jolla teen to the proverbial next level.

Catch Elise Trouw on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, Jan. 30th.


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Chris Cantore

Chris Cantore

Morning Radio Guy turned Digital Media Dude.
Host of The Cantore Show podcast.
Be Cool, No Kooks.