Perera Elsewhere aka Sasha Perera is a London-born, Berlin-based musician, producer, song- writer and DJ. Using everything from gritty, indigenous sounds to her own warped vocals or trumpet, oscillating synths or dread-heavy basses, Perera creates soundscapes to house her songs as well as shape-shifting, psychedelic instrumentals. The result sees eerie ambient-blues, avant R&B & extra-terrestrial folk that seamlessly co-exist in the land of ‘elsewhere'.
Coined by some as ‘Doom-Folk’, her one-of-a-kind music has been used in Paolo Sorrentino’s feature film Loro, Ava Du Vernay’s Queen Sugar show and HBO’s Looking. She‘s been well supported in the media by the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, BBC R1/6Music/1Xtra, Resident Advisor, Crack, Entertainment Weekly, The Wire ,Vogue and many more while KEXP, FACT and Fader have all commissioned exclusive mixes from her.
Her new Thrill EP described in her own words give us a window into her work as an artist: The cover photograph was taken in London when I was about 7 yrs old. Sasha Ravindranathan was my name. I had my father's 14-letter long Tamil surname until I was 22 years old. 12 years after my parents split, I took on my mum's surname Perera, a Portuguese colonial name common amongst the Sinhala majority in Sri Lanka, and one that happens to be more palatable and less intimidating for those underexposed the generic idea of 'western' culture. Growing up with that long name shaped me and my identity.
When i rediscovered this picture I was so colour-blind that I didn't notice that I'm the only girl in the photo who has short hair. I'm the only girl who doesn't have pigtails or bangs. Misplaced and displaced, this is Perera Elsewhere in the making. It at least partly explains why, as an artist, I’m constantly searching for a place to exist, a space of musical, political, community and spiritual belonging. The thrill (and agony) of surfing waves of creativity, reflection, introversion and hedonism is what this EP embodies. Life is a constant processing of past, present and future. The disparity of the different lives, places, people and paradoxes within me are what fuels my wish to create, share, be heard and understood.