Q&A – The Elephant Trees – A Beautiful Mess of Music Genres


For those people that haven’t heard of The Elephant Trees before could you tell us a bit about the band, your story?

We started off as four kids doing a school project, one gig lead to 100, one song turned to 50, and soon we became best friends with a stubborn need to make music.

Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?

I can’t remember who first inspired me to get on stage, but I do remember the adrenaline rush I’d get before going on for dance show when I was a kid and that nothing else quite matched it; I think it was clear from a young age that performing would be something important to me, and I know for the boys as well, it’s where we feel most alive.

Although, not gonna lie, Troy Bolton had a big part to play in making show biz seem kind of fun.

I love the mixture of genres and styles in you music, how did you come up with that sound?

We’ve all got very different music tastes and try not to limit ourselves to just listening to one genre. We don’t sit down and plan the genre of a song before we play it, it just comes naturally as everyone brings their own flare. I think we all learn a lot from each other.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing songs?

When I’m writing lyrics, I’ll usually have things flying round in my head for days that won’t leave me alone, that’s when I know it’s gonna be one of our better songs. Our songs are like my diary and usually stem from 4AM thoughts and too much time spent in my head.

The track that really drew me to The Elephant Trees was Monster, could you tell us a bit about the writing and recording of that single?

I wrote that song when I was 14 thinking nobody would ever hear it. It’s about accepting parts of yourself that you might not like as you grow up, I remember thinking, “Am I really a monster, or is this just part of growing up” and thought it would be an interesting concept for a song. 14 year old me was such a drama queen, the boys might say nothing has changed.

The first time I played it to the band, they just joined in straight away and we basically had the track in one take, it was probably the first times I thought we could actually make this dream happen.

What is the most interesting venue that you have performed at?

10000% The Royal Albert Hall, that was a massive milestone and I still don’t believe it actually happened.

What do you think is missing from today’s music industry?

Women!! It’s so exciting to see so many female fronted bands around at the moment, but there is nowhere near enough appearing on festival lineups. Even behind the scenes, I’d say roughly 15% of the people we work with in the music industry are women and that needs to change!

Half our management team is female and we pride ourselves in pushing female fronted bands when we pick our lineups, girls are awesome, just saying.

Here at Artistic Echoes we are always on the look out for new artists do you have anyone to recommend?

A Few faves in Ele trees HQ are Iora, Sugar and Bang Bang Romeo, all three are blessed with stunning voices, beautiful songwriting and have female or queer representation. Do yourself a favour and get your ears around Minotaur Mind by Iora.. *Heart Eyes*

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

We are very very excited to be releasing new music soon, we’ve been working really hard on our sound and are buzzing to bring a new level of sass (Mostly Alex) on tour with us in October.

Find out more:

Website: www.elephanttrees.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/elephanttrees 
Twitter: Twitter.com/theeletrees
Instagram: Instagram.com/theelephanttrees 

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