We were able to chat with the Berlin based artist about everything from his debut album, his future plans, and so much more. Check out our interview below…
Let’s take it back a bit. How did you two end up meeting? and who has influenced the ELLEH project?
We were introduced by our mutual friends because I was writing about music and Bob was making music. When I shared I also make music, he told me to send in my stuff so we can jam. As for the influence, we are musically influenced by “sad disco” pioneers like Giorgio Moroder, Pet Shop Boys, Robyn and Depeche Mode.
Your debut album Sad Boy Disco was released recently, so I have a few questions about it!
First of all, if you had to sum up the album in three words what would they be?
Hopeful, Forgiving, Danceful
How different, would you say, this record is from the three previous EPs?
It is quite different. Lyrics wise I focused more on feelings of forgiveness and moving on from past, while anthems EP was filled with contempt and regret. Musically we started to focus on 90’s mood as well as referencing to Paradise Garage scene as our influence.
Can you tell us a bit about the story behind the record? what were the themes you had in mind, and your ambitions when writing the record?
I first had an image of making a concept of telling a story of a person who had a terrible break up and seeks club music as a way to heal. Basically from being fucking intoxicated to being sober, an entire new version of yourself. But that concept sort of changed over the course because of my personal event. It became an album to pursue brighter side of love.
Some tracks on the album appear « unfinished » and you still wanted to release them. Can you tell us a little more about the situation?
I kept asking Bob to finalize the album but because of his personal events, it became gradually more and more difficult to do so. When he announced it takes another two years, I just wanted to move on. As of now, he still hasn’t shred all masters and unfinished demos with me so I can’t even finish them yet!
Is there anyone in particular that you would like to work with now?
There are many talented producers here in Berlin. I want to start collaborating with them one day.
So Many Things, your new single, is giving us very euro-dance vibes. Could you tell us a little more about this song specifically?
Exactly the vibe we were going for! We sought inspirations from 90’s UK acid disco for that one. Lyrics are actually quite heavy, so we wanted to lighten it up with somewhat upbeat tone and rhythm. The lyrics talk about how two people are not over each other but the time won’t stop beating. That’s why it has this protrusive feel to it.
Do you have a song that is most important to you on the album ?
“I Think The World Of You”. It’s a message to my dad who passed away during the making of this album. I get emotional listening to it.
We know it’s been quite disrupted so far, but what is the plan for the rest of the year?
I continue to make music. It keeps me sane and being creative is what the world needs right now, more than ever.