It’s Monday! And that means it’s time for Track of the Week. Here’s BIMM Dublin Alumna ELKAE with her latest single ‘Sold’ – enjoy!
What was the inspiration behind your track?
The song was written about a first date I had with this girl that went really well but she wasn’t out of the closet yet so there was an element of secrecy to the whole thing. Aside from that it was also about that first moment where things click and you’re like.. oh dear I’m screwed, I like this person. We had stayed up all night talking about music and she was mesmerised by the whole songwriting process, so I wrote ‘Sold’ about the night we had to show her how it’s done.
What did your songwriting process involve?
I’d been messing around with this chord progression and then once I got the inspiration, I was able to slowly start adding lyrics. I tend to produce in my home studio as I write; it gets me more in the vibe of the song and I can take my time with lyrics afterwards. But the lyrics came quite fast for this one, so the song was written within a day. I produced the demo backing track and then brought it to my collaborator Kev who produced some of it too. The final track was a mixture of all that plus Michael Heffernan’s final production flourishes. He really took it to the next level.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
Well, initially I had this problem (or what I thought was a problem) where I write in loads of different genres as I draw inspiration from all types of music. So, I found it hard to stick to one style when developing my ‘sound’. But then on the side, I was always producing electronic ambient kinda stuff and it just dawned on me one day ‘ why am I not making electronic music if that’s what I always go back to?’.
So, I had this idea that I would incorporate all the best bits of each genre and then produce them electronically so they correlate. This eventually developed into ‘my’ sound.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Oldschool, Fresh, Electropop
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
I was actually listening to a lot of Frank Ocean and Drake at the time, and I remember thinking I’d love to write a song like these two artists mashed up together. I tend to be heavily influenced by whatever I’m listening to at that time. It doesn’t matter what genre, but sometimes you listen to a song and it just does that ‘thing’ to you.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
There are so many things that BIMM is great for. I think the people you meet and network with is so important and helpful in the long run and it’s also just really nice to be able to connect with people who ‘get you’. Also, the fact that my actual degree was in Songwriting is mind-blowing.
How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?
It just gives you that time to focus on your music without the real world getting in the way, which is so important. When trying to figure my sound out, we had this module ‘ensemble performance’ and I’d just go in each week with a new song and we’d experiment with different things and get feedback. I also met my band in that class, so that class was really a big part of ELKAE’s development. You get out what you put in, so if you really use the classes as best you can, you can definitely benefit from them. Also, never underestimate the business side of things, nowadays it’s as important as the actual music.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Don’t rush things. Wait until everything is ready before you put it out. work to your own deadline, not somebody else’s. You want that full package, with the music ready and branding sorted well before you put it out there. It makes all the difference. You have to be really organised as well as being talented musically.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
I’m playing in the Bello Bar on the 29th of November with Tanjier, Alex Smith and Cat Turney with Oíche Events which will be fun & you can also expect a new release coming before Summer!