Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dawn”?
“Dawn” is the first English single I am releasing in the United States. It is a part of my upcoming EP “Love Collage”
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
I realized the break-up is not really the end of love. The process of letting go is the maturation process and the memory of the love will live on as part of who I am. I wanted to sing about this immortality of love.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was wonderful! We shot the film in Korea. Leo Z, who is the music producer and the featuring artist on this song flew over for the shooting. The protagonists have their backs against each other to show their inevitable parting.
The single comes off your new album Love Collage – what’s the story behind the title?
“Love Collage” is a collection of 5 songs about different stages of love. The first beating of the heart, falling in love, deepening of the relationship, to letting go of the love with respect and maturity. It’s a truthful confession on the journey of love from its birth to its fading.
How were the recording and writing process?
“Dawn” was written and produced by Leo Z and Zarah Mahler after the initial inspiration and vision from me. It was recorded at the prestigious Capitol Studios and EastWest Studios in the heart of Hollywood featuring the most excellent musicians. The simple yet deep and elegant sound of piano encapsulates the maturity of love and the lush sound of strings cherishes and encompasses the flight of immorality.
What was it like to work with Leo Z and how did that relationship develop?
It was such a life-changing experience working with Leo Z. When we heard Leo Z’s songs during producer scouting, we knew at first hearing that we were meant to work with him. Leo had a deep understanding of the collage concept of Love.
How much did he get to influence the album?
As the main music producer, composer and also featured artist on “Dawn”, Leo had a tremendous influence on “Love Collage”. Leo captured my vision of Love elegantly with his sensible artistry.
As you head over to the US – are you changing your approach as you move into new grounds?
Korea and the US have very different cultures and audiences. There are many things to learn in every aspect and I am taking every step as a big learning opportunity. However, I believe music is a universal language and this EP will resonate with many US audiences.
What role does South Korea play in your music?
Korea is a music-loving country with a very deep artistic cultural background. I grew up with Korea’s beautiful four seasons, listening to many different styles of music. The lyrical and exotic nature of Korean culture affected my artistry with a special sensitivity and a slight hint of surreal flavor.
What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?
“Love Collage” is an entire sentimental chronicle of love. Each song is a distinct experience of love, from the first beating of the heart to its pinnacle blossoming, maturing, and to its ultimate fading.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I love the natural sound of nature. Especially the sound and feel of natural breeze. I love the movements of the leaves when the breeze passes by. The winds reveal itself to us in many different forms. I inspired the songs to resemble this naturality and to be comfortable for listeners’ souls.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not at the moment, but if we plan something, you will be the first to know!
What else is happening next in Elli K’s world?
I strongly believe in the positive energy and power of music for the well-being of the soul. I want my listeners to feel comfort and sympathy. I believe that just as we feed our bodies with good food, we must also feed our souls with good food, music being a key ingredient. I plan to produce more projects aiming for this vision. My next project will be collaborating with different world artists to express many different natural sounds and colors of the world.