With his latest single ‘What I Needed’ is a success under his belt, Eli Forrest is only just getting started, and oh, aren’t we in love with his music? We had a chance to have a little chat with him.
Your most recent track ‘A Life You Saved’ is a beautiful surreal track, can you tell us a bit of what it was about?
Thank you! “A Life You Saved” was an attempt to capture an almost intangible feeling or state of mind, kind of this ethereal, relaxing state that certain music can put you in. The instrumental draws you in and takes you to this place (hopefully!), and the lyrics delineate this idea of an escape from life. I wanted to demonstrate that music can actually take you somewhere else and even save your life in many ways, which sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s true. It’s very unique in that way.
How was the creative process for the songs you’ve produced? Was it hard deciding what tracks would make the cut?
Usually, the songs I choose to release come pretty naturally…I kind of know as I’m writing which ones will turn out pure and cohesive, because they flow better as I’m writing them. I try to push myself so that everything I write is going to come together, but it doesn’t always work out that way, which I just have to accept. A lot of times, one track that’s not happening so much will inspire another that turns out really good.
Who are your main musical influences? Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Led Zeppelin has always been a huge one for me, same with Queen, Hendrix…more recently Cage the Elephant, The Killers, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar… I’m a huge jazz fan as well: Coltrane, Sinatra, Miles Davis, and more modern stuff like Kurt Rosenwinkel. Anything creative and unique.
Describe your live performances in 5 words! Think of this as speed dating, quick, GO!
Fun, unique, energetic, inviting, just pure music…damn, that’s more than 5 words!
What can we expect from Eli Forrest next? Any new material appearances?
A lot more music! I’m always working on something, and I truly believe I am getting better and better. I also will be playing live shows a lot more with some of my favorite musicians (mainly in the LA area). More collabs as well!
Do artists like yourself in the USA, find it hard to gain popularity in countries like the UK?
With social media and technology, it’s much easier to gain popularity internationally, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’s even remotely easy! I’ve realized that you have to take advantage of all the experiences you are given and all the connections you make, and I’m only just beginning to do that.
Where would you like to be in 10 years? What are your ultimate aspirations?
In 10 years, I would love to be able to fill entire stadiums with fans; playing for people who have come to hear your music is so satisfying. I want to reach as many people as I possibly can, bring them joy, and give them something to relate to. One of the best feelings in the world is when I have moved someone with my music. Regardless of where I am, I will never stop writing, even if just for myself. Music has this way of outlining history and illustrating a journey, and it also helps me learn things about myself. For me, it is extremely important to keep going and make new musical discoveries. It’s amazing how much music has evolved, and yet how much of it has not been tapped into yet…
Have you always wanted to be involved with music? Is it your passion?
Music has been my passion since I was very little. I express myself through it, and it has always cheered me up no matter how I’m feeling. I always knew I would be playing guitar my whole life, and I’ve only added other instruments, singing, and production since, so I think I’m on a good path!
Listen to Eli’s latest single ‘What I Needed’:
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