INTERVIEW: Elias Bendix

Photographer: Nikolaj Thaning Rentzmann

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

Thanks! I’ve been pretty busy lately recording and planning the premiere of my new full length album “PUZZ”.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Superheroes”? Are you a superhero?

Life and love for other people certainly present a lot of challenges.

I think we all have experienced that. But then once you have overcome those obstacles, it gives you an ecstatic and almost supernatural state of mind. You can float around in a mixture of happiness, mindfulness, strength and powerfulness. That’s what my new song, Superheroes, is about.

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

Love inspired me to write the song. After I’ve met someone who is really special to me, someone I fell completely in love with and after she gave birth to my son, it felt like I wasn’t afraid anymore, because I’ve got so much love around me. When you see something that pans out the way you’ve always dreamed it to be, you get this overwhelming feeling of happiness. It was at that moment I felt like I had superpowers.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I was at a photoshoot and we filmed three different takes of me singing the song. I then gave the material to my bass player Fredrik Hjulmand, who edited the video and added the effects. He’s also the one who did the video for Time To Make A Better Day.

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

The different styles of music I love are the sum total of those genres combined, which became the reason I named the album “PUZZ”.

“I’m too much pop to play jazz – and too much jazz to play pop”

I believe that sounds from all over the world have unique powers and that they can bring out feelings you hadn’t ever known you could feel. I strive to write songs about life as I experience it and then express it through music. I’ve tried to combine the genres of music that makes my heart sing and turn them into a new unified sound that I strive to make with this album. I don’t think that genres are meant to be restricted by rules, so I’ve applied all that I love on the album and my hope is that you’ll love it too.  This album is not just restricted to one genre, it dapples soul, R&B, disco, great pop music, funk and jazz. These genres are styles that make me feel exhilarated and they give me joy.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s been quite a journey! I’ve had the privilege to have a great deal of amazing musicians, songwriters and producers helping me out with this album!

I guess the creative process has taught me a lot over the years. I usually start most songs from noodling on my guitar and catching melodies as they come along. It’s the melodies and the harmonies that usually begin my creative process. Lyrics are always the last thing I do… Another thing I do is that I track a demo on my own and then involve some musicians to manifest the vibe of what I’m doing. Lately I’ve done a lot of co-writing. The songs I write collaboratively become something completely new with these people and I must say the results have been surprisingly good when bouncing ideas with others and getting their perspective on the writing. Sharing ideas is important. It also brings a feeling of unity.

For example for Superheroes, I went to Stockholm, Sweden, to meet up with two music producers, Johannes Willinder and Robin Padam, that I had already worked with before on the song “Fool For You”. I wanted to write an ode to that feeling of having found someone you are going to love for the rest of your life! A song that expressed the devotion I experienced and a song that was composed of memories from my life meeting her, the love I feel for her and the happiness she brings me. We jammed a bit with a sax and a keyboard and that essentially became the song “SuperHeroes”. Essentially all my songs are part of me, the part I want to share with the world. I’ve put a little easter egg in the song, if you listen to the lyrics you might figure out what I am talking about. I’ll give you a hint: it’s a reference to another song I made.

What role does New Orleans play in your music?

New Orleans stole my heart away! I experienced so many musical moments that changed my life. New Orleans is the root of soul, the Mother of R&B, the father of jazz. New Orleans definitely gave birth to a new way of thinking of music for me. One particular episode was being part of the brass band parade that walks through the streets of New Orleans. I was a student of The Rhythmic Music Conservatory and we were taken on a field trip where we were set to be part of the parade as “second line”. In New Orleans it is a tradition that the brazz band parades walk the streets with “main line” or “first” divided into its own section, after that comes the “second line”.

The main line includes the parading permit as well as the brass band. The second line includes people who enjoy the music, follow the parade and dance and engang in the community around the parades. It changed my perception of what music can do, the power it has when we all stand together. It was mind blowing and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the unity it brought to the experience of playing live music together.

Having been around the world and getting to meet different cultures – how has this influenced you as an artist?

Music has a way of connecting people. It doesn’t need a culture or a border, it has no boundaries. And so after the experiences I had in New Orleans I truly believe that music is a language we can use without country borders, in order to change the world to a better and happier place to live together, to sing together, to play music together and to dance to those sweet sweet vibrations of a beautiful sax or a funky keyboard note.

How has the likes of Prince influenced your writing?

Being up on stage with Prince in Amager Bio in Copenhagen has definitely set a course for me. The funkyness, the vibrations, the feel. It was amazing. It influenced my thinking on how I make my own music and how you put together one beat after the other, just like how we use one foot after the other to walk the earth.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I find my inspiration through loving other people. It’s a cliché, but a true cliché.

What else is happening next in Elias Bendix’s world?

Well, in the beginning of the interview I talked about recording my new album “PUZZ” and that is certainly something that is going to be part of my near future. I will also be traveling and playing live concerts again and with the overhanging pandemic we’ve all experienced in the last two years, being back on the road certainly seems like a comforting thought. I’ve really missed being with an audience, playing with great musicians and sharing a musical moment in unity. 

If you want to find me on TikTok lookup: EliasBendixMusic

Instagram: www.instagram.com/eliasbendix 

Youtube: www.youtube.com/eliasdk 

Spotify Artist Page: Elias Bendix | Spotify

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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