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Tileyard London in Conversation with: ELEVNS

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We are excited to announce that ELEVNS (+ special guests) will be streaming a live performance from The Gallery here at Tileyard London on the 1st July. Tickets on sale now via DICE

Ahead of the live stream, we caught up with the London-based electronic duo to get their thoughts on delving into the world of online streaming.

How did ELEVNS get together? What inspired you to start the project?

We both grew up in Lausanne, Switzerland and we met in our teenage years through music and a few mutual friends. Gramm used to play guitar in a rock band and Aurelian was a drummer in a pop band. We never had any projects together in Switzerland but we both reunited in London in 2015 and played a few showcases together at some music school graduations. We started working together as producers and realised we had the same taste in music and that we were working well together so we decided to create ELEVNS in 2017. We were inspired by artists such as Snakehips and Disclosure because of the nature of their projects.

How do you approach the creative process in the studio? Where do you draw inspiration from?

If we are together in a room we would create something from scratch but sometimes we would create beats at home and send them to each other to work on. We’ve been working remotely most Lockdown using Zoom so it’s been a bit different but we usually start with finding some cool drum sounds and make a beat, then add melodic elements from chopped samples and then build on top of that, adding guitar as well, etc.

We take inspiration from everywhere, we’re like sponges that absorb anything that could be inspiring. We both listen to a variety of musical styles but in general it gravitates around Hip-Hop/Soul with artists like Chance the Rapper, Aminé, Brasstracks, Anderson .Paak and Mac Miller, pop with Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake and electronic with Snakehips, Kaytranada and 20Syl / Alltta.

Do you adapt the way you work with different vocalists?  

It really depends if we are working with vocalists in the same room or remotely. We used to have sessions with loads of writers and singers and it was really the vibe that was driving the way we’d work as we would suggest lyrics and melody ideas. But now we have been doing mostly remote collaborations so we’d send a demo to an artist and he/she would write and record their vocals and send them back after sending us some ideas to check if we liked their parts of course (laughs).

Any dream collaborations?

There are so many but here’s a little list: Anderson .Paak, Pharrell Williams, Sinead Harnett, Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign, Chance the Rapper, Masego, Aminé and Khalid.

You recently created a sample pack called ‘CUES’. How did this project come about and what did you hope to achieve?

When we perform live we don’t always have the same musicians on stage and so with new musicians, as well as regular band members, we use cues to help with structures. At first we would record cues ourselves each time we would have a performance or a change in the structure of a song and that was a very painful process. So we decided to create a sample pack of pre-recorded cues that we could use without having to record them ever again. Then we thought it would help other MDs and live musicians too so we decided to release the pack with additional languages and accents such as French and American English.

Have you ever done a live stream performance before? 

No we haven’t but we are super excited about doing a live stream! We had a “beer and catch up” on Instagram live in the middle of lockdown and that was fun even if it’s not the same!

What do you think are the pros and cons of live streaming for musicians?

The pros are definitely the accessibility to watch the performance and the amount of people you can reach in the sense that people who cannot come physically to a show are able to watch it and that’s really cool! The cons would be the energy and interactions that we won’t get from the crowd. 

You have great chemistry with your fans during your onstage live performances. How do you think this will differ with live streaming when your fans are not physically in the same room as you?

Like mentioned in the previous question, it would be the interaction with the crowd that is going to be very different. We’ll be talking to the microphone but won’t be able to hear the reaction. It might feel like a filmed rehearsal (laughs).

What can your audience expect from your live stream on 1st July?

Expect some unreleased and exclusive music just for that show!

What can we expect from ELEVNS in the near future? 

After releasing singles almost every month for a year and half, we’re going to take a little break from releasing music and focus on some new music we’ve been working on during Lockdown.

Interested in streaming from Tileyard London? Get in touch with Dan on dan@tileyard.co.uk

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