“Heart and Soul” EP – an interview with singer-songwriter Elson
Elson has just released his new EP on iTunes – called “Heart and Soul” produced by Nick Sagar –House and here he shares his inspiration behind the tracks and what his future plans for music are.
What inspired you to write this EP?
What inspired me musically was the R&B and soul sounds of the 70’s through to the 90’s. Artists such as Luther Vandross, Jon B and Boyz to Men really influenced this EP. In terms of storytelling and lyrics, I was inspired by the situation in the dating game, or boy meets girl world – where you’re in the in-between and helpless.
So it’s all about love?
As always! You don’t know if that person you’re falling for will accept you, and you’re in that difficult place where you don’t know where the relationship will go – whether you’ll be with that person, or whether they won’t accept you. You’re helpless and in that ‘in-between’ – this kind of experience is what inspired tracks 1-3 ”Never is enough”, ”One you call” and ”Could you be my baby”
I think it has all been heard before in a love song – ”I’m happy that I’m in love with the woman/man of my dreams” but to talk about the dance between two people and not knowing where that can quite go is much more interesting in terms of a song and songwriting.
Why did you call it “Heart and Soul”?
Heart and soul is what I really put into these songs – from writing, to singing, to playing them and recording them in the studio. “Could you be my Baby” was easily the longest track to put together – taking up three whole days! These songs I hope are quite soulful. It’s not quite the pop, or rock that I usually stick to – but it’s soulful – as I was in a soulful mood when writing the tracks.
What’s your favourite track on the EP?
My favourite song is easily ”Never is enough” – the opening track. Why? Because this one was a real spiritual experience for me. It was the first time I wrote without a piano or keyboard and the first time I wrote when I was journeying somewhere. At the time of writing it in April 2015, I was on holiday in Istanbul, travelling to the north of Turkey – to Girusen, and the journey just inspired me. Out of nowhere the melody to the chorus came to me and I remember writing the lyrics to the chorus and melody of the chorus in an airport in the north of Turkey. The verses then came and then the pre-choruses started to form.
I recorded all this on an iphone initially! God knows what the passengers waiting for the flight thought when they heard me singing into an iphone! Ha ha
What are your future plans?
My future plans are just to keep writing, performing and recording as much as I can – all the things that a musician does when awake! I want to delve more into upbeat, dance pop to get people moving more! So watch this space! I’ll also be doing more acoustic video covers…and hope to put some more videos out by early 2016.
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