PREMIERE: Eliza Hull Shares Exclusive Look At Inspiring Music Video For New Single 'Running Underwater'

10 May 2023 | 12:49 pm | Emma Whines

“For a long time I hid my disability, especially in the music industry."

Photo Credit: Michelle Grace Hunder

Photo Credit: Michelle Grace Hunder

Melbourne artist Eliza Hull has quickly become one of the most beloved songwriters and important voices over the last few years, which she has further proven in her newest single, Running Underwater

Taken from Hull's forthcoming EP Here They Come, due out later this year, Running Underwater shows a complete transformation in the way that Hull is approaching her music, both sonically and lyrically. Finally living her truth, Hull is expressing the realities of living with a degenerative nerve disorder, which she hid for years.  

“For a long time I hid my disability, especially in the music industry. This was due to under-representation of disabled musicians and I was constantly shown that disability was a deficit or something that should be feared and hidden. It was such a heavy weight holding onto these beliefs, it was exhausting to constantly hide. 

"This song is about pushing up against society's view of disability, it’s about letting go of the fear and being authentic and true to myself and showing that it’s ok to be different."

Today, in an exclusive with The Music, Hull launches her stunning music video for the single, which truly encapsulates the song's message. Featuring roya the destroya, an extremely talented disabled dancer, and Hull performing on a classic old piano, the simple but heartwarming video is the perfect edition to the release. 

“The music video features my very good friend roya the destroya. She is a brilliant disabled dancer who moves like nobody I know. She actually started busking with an early version of the song and sent me a video of her performing with it. When I watched that video I knew I had to collaborate with her on the official music video. 

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"She has a beautiful ability to inhibit what I am feeling in my music and then express that through movement. In the music video she is like my alter-ego, almost like the spirit part of what I am feeling in the lyrics. Keiran Watson-Bonnice is the director of the music video. We have worked together in the past on the ABC Kids TV show And Then Something Changed, which I produced and wrote the music for. We shot the clip in one day, in mostly one take in the Goods Shed on a freezing winter's day. “

Hull will be touring around Australia in late August and early September this year after heading to the UK for The Great Escape and further touring of the territory, supporting Ruth Lyon.

You can find tickets to her Aussie shows and her UK support dates here


Saturday 26th August Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne

Sunday 10th September Riverside Theatre Sydney

Friday 22nd September Undercover Festival Brisbane


Thursday 11th May Great Escape Festival Brighton U.K.

Saturday 13th May Great Escape Festival Brighton U.K.

Sunday 14th May AUSSIE BBQ London U.K.

Supporting Ruth Lyon

Wednesday 17th May National Centre for Early Music York U.K.

Thursday 18th May Horse & Bamboo Rossendale U.K.

Friday 19th May Junction 2 Cambridge U.K.

Thursday 25th May Sage Gateshead Gateshead U.K.

Friday 26th May Macards Theatre Galashiels U.K.

Saturday 27th May The Met Bury U.K.