INTERVIEW: East of Eli

Hi Nathan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! I appreciate the invite. Things have been going really well since I got back in the studio to record the new LP for East of Eli around the beginning of 2016. My producers pretty much locked me in the studio for about 9 months, so it’s been nice to be human again and catch up with friends.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nowhere”?

Sure, I’d love to. Basically “Nowhere” is written as a love letter to my wife. It’s about the depth and power of the love we’ve shared over the past 18 years and how love knows no boundaries. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of brilliant moments and faced a lot of hardships, but through it all we’ve never given up on believing that the love we share is worth fighting for. Because of that, we have an incredibly strong relationship and are more in love now than ever. This song is a testament to that. She’s my best friend, my biggest fan, and my greatest inspiration.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not really. I guess I’m always searching for another way to profess my love and affection for her. Although I’ve written songs for her before, this one was extra special because it was an East Of Eli song that she was featured on, which was really important to her because she really believes in my music.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We are actually working on that right now and I gotta tell ya, it’s coming together really well. We’ve got one more shoot day coming up and then, we’ll release it. I can’t wait!

The single comes off your new album Lost Transmission – what’s the story behind the title?

The story behind the album title, “Lost Transmission” comes from a documentary I watched recently which was about the evolution of satellites and how advanced the technology has become. As I was watching it, they started explaining how NASA had constructed a huge radar decades ago for the purpose of transmitting signals to outer space in the hopes of discovering any other intelligent life form somewhere in the universe. It may seem odd, but I can actually relate to that on a very personal level because my son deals with ADHD and Aspergers, which is a form of autism. And there are so many times that I’ve wondered if he actually has heard what I’ve said, especially when it’s heartfelt or a piece of wisdom. The one thing I know he’ll give 100% of his attention to is music. So I decided while watching that documentary to write him a song that shared everything I wanted him to know about who I see him becoming and I named it “Lost Transmission”. It was a turning point in the writing process for the album. It was then I knew I wanted to write songs for each person in my family so I decided to make it the album title as well.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s been a crazy adventure to say the least! We literally recorded this album in 3 different countries. We started the writing process at my producer’s studio in Los Angeles, then this past summer we took the production up to The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC and finally, we finished the album at Soga Recording Studios, which is an all inclusive live/work studio a couple hours south of Mexico City. Seriously, if anyone is looking for an unforgettable recording experience, they need to check out both of these places.

Is the whole album basically a love letter to your family?

I guess in a way you could say that. I didn’t set out with the idea of writing songs for everyone in my family when we first started the writing process. But as I mentioned earlier, after I was inspired to write Lost Transmission for my son, I began to realize just how personal and honest this album was going to be so it eventually found its way into being the main through-line for the album.

What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this particular album?

I would have to say the album is rooted in my personal experiences over the past 3 – 5 years of my life, but it also speaks to my future self. I’ve really come to see my music and artistry as the better part of who I am. I know that might seem a little confusing, but it’s really quite simple. As an artist you are always exposed to the criticism and opinions of others, which is difficult for most because we all want to be accepted. I struggled with that for years, but then somewhere along the way, I realized that the music I create is more than just about the music. It’s about the journey, not the destination.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we are gearing up for that right now. Our first show in 2017 will be in LA on March 18th, @ The Troubadour. Then we are doing a few select shows in New York & Vancouver before heading back to LA for a special acoustic show in June. Then a quick break and right back at it.

What else is happening next in East of Eli’s world?

Right now, we are just focused on getting the next couple singles out there and then dropping the album.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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