E^ST

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E^ST
Birth nameMelisa Bester
Born1997/1998 (age 21–22)
South Africa
OriginCentral Coast, New South Wales, Australia
GenresIndie pop, electronica
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014—present
LabelsWarner, Parlophone, Fueled by Ramen
Associated actsMallrat, Alice Ivy

Melisa Bester, who performs as E^ST or East, is a South African-born Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She has released four extended plays, Old Age (2014), The Alley (September 2015), Get Money! (July 2016) and Life Ain't Always Roses (October 2018). E^ST toured nationally as a support act for Twenty One Pilots in March-April 2016 and for Panic! at the Disco in October 2018.

Biography[edit]

Melisa Bester was born in South Africa in 1997 or 1998 and moved to Australia's Central Coast as a child.[1] E^ST released her debut four-track extended play, Old Age, in 2014.[2] Dean Elphick of Happy Mag, described her first EP, "One thing that was evident on that debut was that she already sounded like a confident, established artist. Lots of people can sing well but it's obvious she has serious songwriting ability that stretch beyond her young years."[3] She performed a mashup of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" and "Teardrop" for a Like a Version session on Triple J national radio.[3] Her second four-track EP, The Alley, was issued in September 2015.[3]

E^ST collaborated with Jim Eliot on "Life Goes On" in 2017.[4] On 27 July 2018, it was announced that she signed with rock label Fueled By Ramen.[5] E^ST was the opening act for Twenty One Pilots during the Australian leg of the Blurryface tour in March–April 2016. E^ST also backed Panic! at the Disco local leg of the Pray for the Wicked tour in October 2018. E^ST headlinined her own tour in support of her fourth EP, Life Ain't Always Roses (26 October 2018), which commenced early in the following month.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Old Age (2014) I Am East/Warner Music Australasia (EAST01)
  • The Alley (September 2015) – Cap/Warner Music Australasia (825646050017) ARIA Australian Artists Singles: No. 14, ARIA Hitseekers Singles: No. 5[6]
  • Get Money! (July 2016) – Warner Music Australasia (5419723172) ARIA Singles: No. 96, ARIA Digital Albums: No. 36, ARIA Hitseekers Albums: No. 2[7]
  • Life Ain't Always Roses (26 October 2018) – Warner Music Australasia (190295543662) ARIA Digital Albums: No. 34, ARIA Hitseekers Albums: No. 3[8]

Singles[edit]

  • "Old Age" (2014)
  • "The Alley" (2015)
  • "Get Money!" (featuring Mallrat) (2016)
  • "Life Goes On" (October 2017) – Warner Music Australasia (190295758691) ARIA Australian Artists: No. 14, ARIA Australian Artists Streaming: No. 14, ARIA Hitseekers Singles: No. 6[9]
  • "Blowjob" (2018)
  • "I Don't Lack Imagination" (2018)
  • "Alien" (2018)
  • "Friends" (2018)
  • "Talk Deep" (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E^ST Niche Productions". 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Patini, Camilla (3 October 2017). "E^ST delivers the breakup anthem you've been waiting for". Purple Sneakers.
  3. ^ a b c Elphick, Dean (30 September 2015). "Yet another 17 year old to make you feel inadequate, E^ST proves she has talent well beyond her years on The Alley". Happy Mag.
  4. ^ "E^ST returns with a bouncy new single, Life Goes On".
  5. ^ "Welcome E^ST To The FBR Family". Fueled By Ramen. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  6. ^ Wallace, Ian (5 October 2015). "Week Commencing ~ 5th October 2015 ~ Issue #1336" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1336): 17, 22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  7. ^ Wallace, Ian (11 July 2016). "Week Commencing ~ 11th July 2016 ~ Issue #1376" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1376): 17, 22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ Wallace, Ian (5 November 2018). "Week Commencing ~ 5th November 2018 ~ Issue #1497" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1497): 10, 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  9. ^ Wallace, Ian (22 January 2018). "Week Commencing ~ 22nd January 2018 ~ Issue #1456" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1456): 16, 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2019.