Elephante talks 'Hold,' new EP and love for electronic music Special

Posted Sep 5, 2016 by Markos Papadatos
DJ and producer Elephante chatted with Digital Journal about his song "Hold," love for electronic music, dream female duet choices and new EP.
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When asked how "Hold" came about, he said, "I had heard Jess' voice and knew I wanted to work with her. We got together in my studio with my friend Peter from RUMORS, and just vibed out and played each other music for awhile. Eventually we came up with that little xylophone riff, and just ran with that feeling and wrote out the entire vocal pretty quickly. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with the rest of the production, but once I made that sort of 90s hip hop synth sound, it really all tied together. It was a lot of fun because the entire song was written, produced, and recorded in my old little apartment studio."
On collaborating with Jessica Jarrell, he said, "She's super down-to-earth and has an incredible voice. A lot of times we'd write a line and I'd be worried it wouldn't fit her voice, but she really could nail anything and everything."
His plans for the future include the release of a nine-track track EP on Sept. 14 entitled I Am The Elephante. "We just released the pre-order, and it's been amazing to see the response from everyone already. It's been a long time in the making, and I'm really excited for everyone to hear the rest of the tunes," he said.
On his inspiration for his music, he said, "I'm not totally sure where inspiration always comes from. A lot of times it's just there, and when it's not you can't force it. I listen to a lot of music, and hearing new sounds all the time is definitely inspiring. And a lot of my music and lyrics are just inspired from living life. Hearing a jingle at the grocery store, seeing a couple argue on the street, it's all fair game."
Each day, Elephante is motivated by music. "Music has played such a big role in my life and has been so important to my identity. My whole dream is that to create something that means as much to someone now as my favorite songs meant to me when I was younger. Plus, making music is fun - it’s what I’d do when I have nothing else to do, and I was doing it long before I even thought about making it my living. There are definitely parts of my day that suck, but I try to remind myself that I get to make fucking music for a living, so stop complaining and figure your shit out," he said.
He is drawn to electronic music since there is nothing really "like the energy at a dance music show." "Seeing Kaskade at Coachella changed my life. I had been to a lot of concerts, but there was nothing like the communal experience of being surrounded by all these people and going on this musical journey together. Also the dance music community has been so supportive of me, it really blows my mind. From a musical perspective, I love it because you can literally make any sound in the world. The possibilities are endless and it allows so many fresh sounds and styles to be created every day," he said.
When asked about his dream female duet choices, he said, "Riri is a queen but she's got nothing on my girl Jess. I think I'd really love to work with Florence Welch. She's got this super dope theatrical vibe, but she also write the most amazing dance songs. "
For his fans, he concluded, "Thank you so much for your love and support the last few years, I really wouldn't be here without you. Make sure to check out and pre-order my EP - it’s been a long time in the making and I can’t wait to share this little piece of my heart with you all. It’s got everything I love about making dance music, and hope you all love it as much as I’ve loved making it."
His new music is available for pre-order on iTunes.
For more information on DJ and producer Elephante, check out his official Facebook page.