Since Elohim hit our radar earlier this year while on tour with Louis the Child we’ve been itching for more of her dark-wave, all-too-real, soulful alt-pop stylings. We had the opportunity to catch up with the mysterious songstress before she heads out for a few summer festival dates, and for the record she’s not deliberately mysterious as a branding mechanism – Elohim is an artist whose self-expression is so deeply personal it seems like she has to keep to herself just to stay grounded. In the below interview we dug in on the duality of her personality (she identifies as an extroverted introvert), how her childhood set her on the artist’s path, and the way she wants her music to make people feel.
NHQ: Is experiential alternative still the sound you identify with? Can you explain that term a bit?
Elohim: I like the way it sounds. Yes I still identify with experiential alternative, however I am always expanding and developing. I think a more appropriate term right now would be experiential electronic. The experiential side is a part of all aspects of my work. I want to create a completely immersive experience. Not just the music but the movement within our senses. The way it looks, tastes and feels.
NHQ: When and why did you depart from anonymity as part of Elohim? Or did you?
Elohim: I don’t know that I have yet. I am always making music and that is sort of the most important thing on my mind. Creating certainly comes first. My anonymity is something I really appreciate and cherish because I know it won’t always be there.
NHQ: You identify as an introverted-extrovert: your music seems to reflect a lot of the anxiety created by that but are there also benefits?
Elohim: The benefits are that my DNA has made me who I am. As weird or anxious as I might feel, I am equally, if not more,creative and dedicated. The benefits of being self aware and feeling absolutely everything is that I have a lot of inspiration for writing. I feel lucky to have music as a therapeutic coping mechanism. Introvert me can sit in a room alone in my own weird world writing for days. Extrovert me allows me to get on stage and put everything into an elaborate performance in front of other humans. It’s an odd, but compatible arrangement.
NHQ: What about your childhood was unique and most contributed to the adult/artist you’ve become?
Elohim: I’d say the most unique aspect of my childhood was having parents that pushed me to practice my instrument every single day. That was my chore. I couldn’t do anything unless I had practiced. And when it got tough they wouldn’t let me quit. I absolutely hated it as a child. Then I reached a certain point in life where it clicked and I realized how insanely lucky I was to have such dedicated parents. My work ethic definitely comes from that.
NHQ: What do you say to aspiring creators out there trying to find their voice and identity as artists?
Elohim: Create, explore, try everything, go as bizarre and avant garde as your soul desires. You can always dial it back. When I first started Elohim I lived at the studio. I would stay until 6 am every night. I experimented. It was a wild ride and took a while for me to know I had found my sound. Even afterwards, it has become this ever-evolving beautiful thing that has no end. That’s the magnificent thing about music. It is an endless world of learning.
NHQ: Can you say what the follow-up will be to “Skinny Legs?”
Elohim: The immediate follow up is a video I just finished for “Skinny Legs” [release date TBD]. As far as new songs, we are still narrowing things down. It’s a blessing to have so much to choose from. Whichever it ends up being, I am just happy to share what I love.
NHQ: How much room for improvisation is there within your live show? Do you get to be spontaneous?
Elohim: I try to change my set every show. When I walk on stage it is pretty locked and loaded. The visual aspect of my show is equally as important to me. Pairing my set to visual content adds another layer of immersion to my performance. It is essential for me that everything feels in sync. We put so much time, love and dedication into my performance. What I do is leave space so i can jam on my instruments and find freedom there. Every show is so different, anything can happen.
NHQ: Is there a particular way you want your music to make people feel?
Elohim: Calm, in control and free of anxiety. I hope my music can be therapeutic, euphoric and eye opening. Self awareness and discovery is a beautiful thing. I believe meaningful art can lead to that. i absolutely live for that one song that makes me feel invincible. It is rare, but when it happens it is incomparable.
NHQ: For anyone who hasn’t heard your music or checked out your videos before, do you recommend a starting point?
Elohim: My song “Xanax” is really special to me. I think that, followed by “Hallucinating” would be a good introduction into my world.
Dive into the world of Elohim with an acoustic cut of “Xanax” above and the official video for “Hallucinating” below, she’ll be performing this weekend at Lightning in a Bottle and check her full list of tour dates here.