Elias

Posted by Christopher Rudder

After a lengthy search, Jeff Dawson (Marcy Playground, Hey Ocean!) was brought onboard to produce the record. We were also able to work with our dream mixer; Grammy winner John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric). Their dedication to the project was glue that allowed for the record’s emotional momentum to carry forward. Furthermore, with an album that swings from light to dark, introspective to anthemic, and everywhere in between, there needs to be a centre - each person involved managed to find that balance. 

Every artist steals and builds from what their predecessors have done. The goal for us is to always put our own unique spin on things, and try and take the music in new directions. We want to improve upon, not only those who influence us, but also our former work.

 

  

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 "Knock Down Dance" by: Elias

CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and Rogue Magazine’s Hearing Aid . How Are You? 

 

Elias: Fine thanks...kind of hungry.

 

CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

 

Elias: I'm a dog person.

 

CR: Tell us the story behind the song you submitted for the this feature?

 

Elias: I was in a creative mood one Friday night and all my friends were busy, so I bought a bottle of red wine, went down to our rehearsal space and wrote and demoed 'Knockdown Dance' by the time the bottle was finished. Hence the line, 'Because you're drunk on the feeling of the floor...

 

CR: What experience do you value more and in turn get more personal satisfaction from as an artist: The creative process of making a song from the thoughts, inspirations and and feelings to the writing, producing and/or recording of that song OR performing the the finished track at one of your live shows and feeling/ seeing the crowds positive reaction and love for your musical genius.

 

Elias: It's a tough call deciding between those two options. There is a good balance that exists with recording and performing. Nothing quite compares with the interaction of being on stage performing for a great crowd - there's energy and sweat that is incomparable. However, there reaches a certain point where you want to start playing new material and so you start the creative process of making new music, which also validates some sort of personal satisfaction...making something out of nothing is a pretty great feeling!

 

CR: Who are the musical legends that influenced you growing up, and/or affected your musical career and who are the unsigned artists you respect and love.

 

Elias: I was heavily influenced in my high school years by the brit pop movement...bands like Blur, Oasis and Radiohead made me want to be in a band. Add to that the great music my father exposed me to growing up; Peter Gabriel, The Police, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Robbie Robertson, Pink Floyd, Bruce Cockburn, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Neil Young....the list can go on and on!!!! As for unsigned bands, we have a lot of friends in local/BC bands who we love! We just made a playlist recently of some of these great artists on our CBC Radio 3 page - [url=http://radio3.cbc.ca/play/elias/playlist/VIA-Playlist-Our-Fave-BC-Bands]http://radio3.cbc.ca/play/elias/playlist/VIA-Playlist-Our-Fave-BC-Bands[/url].

 

CR: With the emergence of Online Independent Music Labels such as iTunes that can market/promote music primarily through the internet medium via the assistance of the burgeoning online communication networks such as [url=http://myspace.com/]myspace.com[/url], do you think that the major record labels in the world will eventually cease to be the gatekeepers to musicians seeking lucrative sales and worldwide acclaim.

 

Elias: The writing is definitely on the wall - major labels are already folding and merging with one another to counter the online movement. It's almost unfathomable what independent bands can do these days to promote themselves using the wide array of social media sites that now exist. Smaller indie labels and groups who literally do it all themselves seem like the best and only infrastructure needed today to cleverly navigate the modern music industry. Everything else seems like complete overkill - just more people to take a slice of the pie!

 

CR: For all of our readers who will hear some of your songs, read the interview and become instant fans; tell them where they can learn more about you, your music, any upcoming projects, events or albums. Tell everyone your website addresses?

 

Elias: [url=http://eliasband.com/]eliasband.com[/url]. We are always on Facebook posting with our fans as well ([url=http://facebook.com/eliasband]facebook.com/eliasband[/url]) and Rob (our guitarist) is constantly on Twitter (@EliasVancouver). I'm fairly inept when it comes to social media!

 

CR: Cool, on behalf of the Rogue Mag I wanna personally thank you for taking the time out to chit-chat with me. Keep on pushing and we will work together again!!!

 

Elias: Cheers, man!