Eli recently gave an interview to PMC magazine where he talks about what inspires him and the process of making music…
“LJ: How was the process of being totally in charge of your album?
EL: It was really freeing doing it on my own because I didn’t put any pressures on myself. But it wasn’t until maybe after I finished 6 songs that I really decided to make and release an album. When you’re recording or writing under the hand of label, a lot of of the times you can feel the pressure to get it done. You feel like you’re making music not just for yourself or for the joy of it. It becomes a pressure thing and that’s when I start to filter myself too much because you’re afraid that what you’re doing isn’t good enough. But with my album I just wanted to make music just for the joy of making music. I allowed myself to just explore and have whatever came out be the final product.
LJ: When you started writing, did you also intend to produce an album? How did it happen?
EL: I had been in the music industry for a really long time. When I was a lot younger I was doing it more with labels and I had a specific goal in mind, an idea of what I wanted. But then I kinda let go of that midway through and took a couple of years break to do nothing music-wise. Once I got back into it, I just started basically buying equipment and teaching myself how to use them, that’s sort of how this album came about.
LJ: How was the process of self-teaching and that moment you realized you could do the whole album?
EL: It’s hard in the beginning because, when you first start something, there are so many things to do. Taking that first plunge is always the hardest part. It’s intimidating right at first, but then once you dive in everything unfolds and opens up. One thing that I do with music is that I teach myself anything. The instruments I play, the equipment that I use, I just kinda put it in front of me and figure it out.
LJ: It’s definitely impressive that from teaching yourself how to play instruments you were able to take to the next level and produce an entire album.
EL: I think that things have been going well with it because it came from this place of pure honesty. I wasn’t trying to create something with an ulterior motive in mind. I wasn’t thinking that I wanted to become rich and famous. I just wanted to make music because it made me happy to do so. Back at home, I can spend pretty much the whole day making music on my own. Then at night I go see my brother, my sister-in-law, my mom, my nephews, and I couldn’t be happier. I think when you’re living your life in a happy, honest place to yourself, that’s when you have the greatest chance of capturing yourself in whatever it is that you do.”
Read the whole interview here
A lot of these question has been asked before so if you already read the previous interview you can probably won’t learn a lot of things ;).