The Greek musician who collaborates with Depeche Mode
Established on the International music scene, Elena Harbila, aka Kid Moxie, started out imitating Michael Jackson at children’s parties in Penteli and went on to work alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
With a judge for a mother and a civil engineer for a father, no one could see that from this union, a huge musical talent would emerge. “I was always brought up with anything artistic,” she says in one of her first interviews. “At home, we listened to a lot of foreign music as well as Hatzidakis and Theodorakis. They are the people who pushed me. There was always family support.”
Elena started piano from the age of 3 and at the age of 4 she took up ballet and theatre. “I loved composition. In elementary school I was writing my own classical pieces on the piano. At about the age of 12 I stopped all that because it seemed to me that I was being put into a mold I didn’t want or wasn’t ready to enter. Then, I started drumming, which my brother introduced me to.”
She stopped acting early. She realized it wasn’t in her dreams to be an actress, so she was led to a shaky life as a teenager. She went out a lot and listened to house and electronic music.
At the age of 18, she left Greece and went to England to study film production. There, her participation in her first band with singing and bass, her favourite instrument, gave her the impetus for a continuation that, at the time, even she could not have dreamed of.
Al Pacino, Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch and her singing in Christoforos Papakaliatis’ “Maestro” are just some of the names she has worked with, filling experiences and unforgettable musical journeys. She wrote the music for the MGM label and now the band she has adored since her teenage years, after listening to her previous album, “Better Than Electric”, and the cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”, approached her and asked her to cover their song, showing total trust in her musical instincts.
That’s how the collaboration with Depeche Mode came about. “What an honor, they’re my favorite band of all time,” Kid Moxie now says of a musical encounter that is almost historic. And that’s because Depeche Mode count only two duets in their long history. One with Johnny Cash and one with Goldfrapp. The track is “Wagging Tongue” with the electronic neon noir look of the one and only Kid Moxie.
As she said about this great collaboration, “I did a remix for the amazing song “Wagging Tongue”, what an honor, Depeche Mode is my favorite band of all time. I’ve been listening to Depeche Mode since I was growing up in Greece. “Violator” was the first album I remember listening to and it completely changed my aesthetic and the music I create as an adult. I was also asked to sing, which was extremely exciting but also scary, singing with Dave and Martin. “Wagging Tongue” strikes me as one of the most emotional, deeply moving songs on the album and one of the darkest, I really love it. I was given too much artistic freedom to experiment with it and I feel really proud of the result and I can’t wait to share it with you, I hope you enjoy it.”