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INTERVIEW: Elias Boussnina
Hi Elias, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Why thank you! I’ve been very good!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Closer”?
I wrote closer on a trip to Stockholm. Most of my songs at the time, had been kinda dark/sad-sounding, and I felt like I wanted to do an uplifting song.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not any event in particular, but as I felt the urge to write an uplifting song, it came to me naturally to dedicate it to the people I love the most. So I wrote the song with my mother and sister in mind. Hoping that people who listened to the song, would also think about the people they care about.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We made video for the first minute of the track for my Facebook and Instagram channels.
You can take a look here
It feels perfectly aligned to the songs theme and features my actual mother Birgitte and sister Sarah-Sofie Boussnina pulling me out of the ocean.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was one of those days, where everything was easy. The writing and recording was pretty much done within a few hours. Canto had a guitar chord progression on his computer that he had recorded the day before I came. He played it to me and we instantly just started jamming over those chords.
What was it like to work with Canto and how did that relationship develop?
Its amazing working with Canto. He’s such a sweet and talented guy. We met through his publishing SONY/ATV. They were the ones that invited me to Sweden.
How much did he get to influence the song?
I think he had as much influence on the song as I did. Maybe not in the lyrics or directly on melodies. But I feel like once you step into a room with another person, the energy is always different. I couldn’t have wrote this song had I not been in the same room as Canto.
What role does Denmark play in your music?
Denmark plays a big part in my music. I’ve lived most of my life in Denmark and experienced most of my ups and downs in this beautiful country. I tend to think of certain events and experiences when writing, cause that way i can always connect a feeling that i had in a particular moment to the song.
How your multi-ethnical background does influences your writing?
I feel like I subconsciously create ethnical melodies sometimes when im writing. I’ve listened to a lot of rai music throughout my life and some of my greatest memories are listening to arabic music.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Definitely! I try to learn as much as I can when im working with new people. Im very fascinated with the different approaches everyone seems to have. I usually try to adapt to their preferences. That way I feel like I learn the most..
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
There’s another single on the way, which will be out next month. I’d like my next project to be a full-length album. I haven’t quite figured out which way I want to go in terms of sound.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
14th july im dropping another single.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hopefully in the fall.
What else is happening next in Elias Boussnina’s world?
I’m experimenting a lot with new sounds and trying to work with different producers. I’m testing out different approaches and trying to figure out how I want my album to sound like.
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