Chatterbox: We talk to Stockholm based songwriter Elias about ‘Tearing Down The Walls’, expressing himself and travelling

Hey, thanks for chatting to us. Could you tell our readers something about yourself?

Hi, thank you for interviewing me and that’s a hard question… I guess I’m doing music with all of my free time and I like spending time with friends too, so I’ve always been making music and art. That’s pretty much what I’m doing every day. There’s a lot of being in Stockholm making music and it feels like everybody knows each other.

How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted over your last few releases?

I find that difficult, because I always want to experience new ways of expressing myself and new sounds to do that, but someone who listened to my music said that “it sounds like hopefully sad melodies.” Maybe that. I’m trying to work with electronic sounds, some old school soul, and gospel sounds – trying to put them together in a way.

What does your new single ‘Tearing Down The Walls’ draw upon?

When I wrote I spent a lot of time in London; I like to travel, to get away from my hometown, and that gives me a lot of perspective on my thoughts and feelings. I started to think about me as a teenager, how I wanted to get away from my city together with some people, and then I started to think about the whole world and society and how we’re building walls between groups of people and how we’re splitting countries through fear and hate. I felt like I wanted to say something that I really felt a lot of anger and some sadness towards.

Did it evolve significantly in the studio from the original demo?

Yeah, it did. I worked with Paul Epworth and HYENA on that track. HYENA had made the track, the drums especially, so he showed me that and it was late… maybe like twelve or one o’clock in the morning… we were pretty tired because we’d been writing all day. At first, I started to scream over it, and that became the chorus. Everything else – like lyrically and melodically – happened that night.

Can you tell me about the journey to the album, Entwined?

The journey was full of learning. I’ve been learning so much throughout this time, and this is my first album. A lot of people wanted me to try different things – labels, producers etc. and it made me a bit confused. It made me forget what I wanted to do from the start. It’s been a journey that really forced me to put down my foot and really fight for what I wanted to express. I think that’s why it took some time, because I had to stop the process a few times, because people wanted me to go in different directions that I wasn’t feeling very comfortable with. It’s been very fun also! It’s been recorded and written in many different cities, like London, Malmo, Stockholm, L.A., in the countryside in Sweden too. I’ve been searching for songs and inspiration in many different parts of the world.

What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

I’m going to play in Gothenburg later this summer, and then I have a tour planned (it’s not official yet) after this summer, in September or something like that. I should be coming to England, although I don’t know all the details yet.  


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