The supermodel and musician premieres her new music video on Dazed and speaks to them about her songwriting and new collaboration
Karen Elson is a supermodel who blossomed in the aftermath of grunge in the 90s, making an impact with her striking, porcelain beauty and red hair. She has walked and appeared in campaigns – and continues to – for nearly every international fashion house. From Oldham, greater Manchester, startlingly Elson has now lived in America for half her life, such is her young success; first New York and currently Nashville, where she is mother to two children by Jack White.
It was the universe that united Elson with Ren Harvieu, a fresh talent from Salford. With mutual friends in common, the musician was inspired to send Elson Train Song as “I thought it’d be right up her street. Within a day or so she sent it back with harmonies on it – and some creepy organ as well. It was brill.”
“I kind of fell into music,” Harvieu explains. “I put a Myspace page up and eventually got contacted by the manager I have now… after several attempts I ignored! I still live in Salford, in an old hospital, which I think is haunted. For me this is all still weird and exciting, I feel like I’m ready.”
Dazed Digital caught up with Elson for her side of the story behind her collaboration with Ren, as well as those tentative steps in unleashing her musical talent.
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