INTERVIEW: Elohim

Pic by Chase O’Black

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

It is an interesting time right now. I am trying to make the best of it, but I have moments where it is honestly really hard for me. I had to go home from my headlining tour and cancel many shows due to covid-19. I don’t know what to think but trying to make use of the extra time we have on our hands which normally we don’t have.

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

“Group Therapy” is a fun upbeat song where we can all come together as one. We can dance, cry, laugh, love all together. It ended up being the opening song of the Group Therapy tour and it set such a beautiful tone for the entire show.

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

I had this ah ha moment one day while I was home thinking about this community of beautiful individuals who have connected with my music and in return we have become amazing friends and I realized all of us together is like this constant group therapy, in the most wonderful way. So that thought inspired the tour and the song GROUP THERAPY!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are working on one now from the footage we have from the parts of the tour we were able to do. We will see! Everything got cut short including our plans of making videos so we are working with what we have!

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process is always one of my favorite parts of being a musician. The awesome thing is that the process is different every time and it is this infinite world of possibilities. I learn something new every time I make music. With “Group Therapy,” I created the track first…which means I made the beat and the entire production before creating the melody and lyrics. I actually wrote to this almost a year after making the track and it was completely meant to be! This song was supposed to be GROUP THERAPY!

How would you say your own personal issues have influenced your writing?

My own personal issues are the reason I make music so I’d say they have influenced my writing one hundred percent. I have struggled with my own mental health since I was 7. I had and have severe panic and anxiety disorder. I didn’t know anyone in the world who also experienced this so I was completely isolated and alone. It wasn’t until I put out my second song ever, “Xanax,” that my world was opened up to an entire community of people that understand me. The listeners have saved me.

How have the times that we are living in now, especially with all the self-isolation, influenced you as an artist? 

It is a very testing trying time but, I am trying to look at it positively. As a touring musician, we never get time at home so I am taking it in and using this time to create. That is all I can do right now. It is still in the early days so it is hard to know how this will shape myself and others, but it will be interesting to see.

As someone who is trying to help those battling with depression and anxiety – has this event somehow helped you in your mission?

I try to bring awareness to mental health in whatever time I’m in. The Group Therapy tour was cut short, but the time we had was so incredibly healing. For myself and for the guests.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, absolutely! I actually finished an entire album before hitting the road. So my plans have definitely changed a lot which means I’m just creating more!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have the title! I don’t have a release date now because of the change in everything, but the name is so special and I can’t wait until I get to share it!

What else is happening next in Elohim’s world?

Creating and evolving always and forever! I am excited to use this time to build a world people can visit and get lost in. It is giving me the time to hone in on what I want this next album release to look and feel like. I am weirdly feeling very inspired!!! Thank you so much~!

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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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