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article imageCatching up with Elephante at 'Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 2, 2017 in Music
New York - Progressive house producer and DJ Elephante sat down and chatted with Digital Journal on September 1 after his live set at "Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro" in Randall's Island Park, New York.
On performing at Electric Zoo, Elephante said, "It's amazing. It's really a dream come true. It's one of those festivals that I've always watched the live streams and looked at the line-ups, so it's surreal to be here, especially to play in the main stage, under the stage of an elephant. It is a really amazing experience."
Elephante (born Tim Wu) shared that he is on tour right now, which runs until fall, and he is working on new music. "I have a couple of singles that I'm finishing up, and hopefully, I will put out an EP or bigger project next year," he said.
Digital transformation of electronic music
Regarding the impact of technology in the music industry, he said, "The whole advent of streaming has changed it. Before, there was Soundcloud, and now with Spotify and Apple Music its ubiquitous. That's how people are discovering their music. It's about engaging your fans on the streaming platforms. People aren't really buying music as much anymore. It's this weird relationship, where you are trying to build your streaming, and at the same time, you are trying to build an authentic relationship with your fans. You don't want to do something just for the streams, as tempting as it can be. You still need to have your own voice, and make yourself stand out. At the same time, it is also great because now a lot of people, who might have not gone out of their way to buy your music, can stream it."
Elephante is an avid user of technology with his music. "A lot of my music I make on my laptop. I try to start from a very organic and analog place. I start writing on a guitar or a piano, but once I understand the soul of the song, then I translate it on the computer, and then there's a different aspect of creativity, where you create sounds and moods that would never exist in the analog world. It's a huge part of my music," he explained.
On his daily motivations, Elephante said, "I love making music. It's the most fun thing, and I would be doing it regardless. I am constantly trying to get better and make better music. It's the best feeling in the world."
Elephante listed Florence Welch and Beyonce as his dream female duet choices. "I am obsessed with Florence, and her voice is crazy," he said. "I like all the queens of music."
"Thank you so much for the support. The fans are the only reason I get to do what I do. Hopefully, I will see them on tour, and hopefully, they can come and say hi," he told his fans.
To learn more about progressive house DJ and producer Elephante, check out his official homepage.
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