Tell us about yourself
I am a 5th gen Brooklynite living in Los Angeles who self-produces and writes all my music! I am obsessed with my cat Eloise and I LOVE french music ranging from Debussy to Daft Punk to Francis Hardy etc. I also wear A LOT of gold!
You got your start in songwriting in your college years creating a documentary about your failure in songwriting but it didn’t turn into a failure at all. Tell us about that.
you can watch it here–Before Elodie was born, I was passionate about documentaries. My college didn’t offer a course on documentary filmmaking and so I proposed an independent study–myself and two friends were getting class credit for getting to make our own documentary! Pretty awesome, right?!
Except…halfway through the course, we didn’t have a film. Out of desperation, I reluctantly volunteered to be the subject of the documentary and decided I needed an objective and so decided to write my first song after recently taking up singing.
I never saw myself as the type of person who could write a song–I viewed it as something out of my league and had it not been for me wanting an A I would not be doing this interview! I would often stop randomly on campus and record a melody in my iPhone and the final lyrics I went with came to me at once and it just came together.
I didn’t start songwriting until four years later and worked in documentaries after graduating but it planted the seed.
How would you describe your musical style?
I think my style of songwriting is the unifying thread in my music and I tend to favor hammering beats and incorporate synths– my music reflects a variety of influences. I just go with my gut-I’ve always listened to a ton of different kinds of music, and favor earlier eras. Classical, Country, Hip-hop influences are apparent depending on the song, and I think “Fire in the Desert” is a bit of folk-electronica but with more abstract and vague lyrics than typical of Folk and is less descriptive than most of the music I write in general.
What can audiences expect from your latest single “Fire in the Desert?”
An infectiously catchy guitar riff drives the song and its a solid electro-pop track and the first I ever produced back in January. It was recently added to Hype Machine’s “popular” playlist which is rad!
You self-produced the song. What was that experience like and do you plan to continue on like that with your next singles?
Yes. I’ve self-produced all my music and the journey of production has really been the catalyst for pursuing music and casting aside other ambitions—I believe the less I rely on others, the more efficient it is, the simpler it is—I own everything. As of now, that is the plan although I am open to collaborating with a producer at the highest level such as Mark Ronson, Rick Nowels and even being featured on an artist like Kygo’s tracks.
You actually lived in the desert for 6 months. What can you tell us about that experience?
I learned to make fire out of natural materials and it’s by far the most exhilarating thing I’ve experienced-it inspired me to chase that feeling in healthy ways and for me, musical expression is how I do it! Had it not been for living out there I could’ve gone down very different and self-destructive ways because trying to release these tensions in me manifested in risky behaviors. I was cut off from the rest of the world and I’m not sure if I could do it again but you never know.
What’s next for your career?
I have 5 more shows in 2019 so going to focus on that. As for 2020, I plan to enroll in an independent musician program at Musicians Institute to give me structure and learn and create. I also know I will return to a songwriting retreat in Scotland in May which I did last year.
My first music video is coming out any day now for a song I just released called “Golden Ghosts.”
What advice do you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
I write lyrics without a filter and that’s extremely helpful as a songwriter–I stream of consciousness and then I edit from there and I tend to stick to traditional song structure which is Verse Chorus Bridge Chorus(familiarize yourself with song structure and if you break rules and feel limited, know what rules you are breaking).
I build a beat around them afterwards-I’ve written over 20 songs and most of them I do not intend to release but occasionally I nail it I think it’s important not to be attached and to make sure you are releasing something strong, not just for sake of releasing something. It takes a lot of grit and you can absolutely do it. Inevitably you will have times when you feel unsure or pessimistic and that’s part of the process and that’s okay. A lot of people will have opinions—I believe you have to trust your gut musically.
Some helpful resources to know about our Reverbnation which all indie artists should get, Sonicbids and Indie on the Move help you book your own gigs, Submithub allows you to submit your music to blogs, playlists and labels for a fee, Soundbetter helps you find a mixing and mastering engineer where you can send stems and get your song sounding polished for reasonable rates-I used it and connected with Dan Konopka the drummer of Ok Go and he did an excellent job mixing Fire in the Desert and I got to record in person with him recently and work with his engineer which was a real treat. Get DistroKid or a competitor for distribution, register for ASCAP, etc.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I hang with my boyfriend and my cat. I love reading and seeing films and eating out.
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