Alt-pop angel ELUNIA has recently unveiled she will be releasing her debut EP. In this interview, we talk about the latest single ‘Pressure Points’, what 2021 is looking like and three words that best describe her sound.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Ethereal, liquid observations.
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
I didn’t decide – I always just knew that it was what I had to do. I’ve experienced a lot of isolation throughout my life and felt different because of my mental health struggle and the suffocating situations of bullying and exclusion that I’ve been in. It made everything hurt less to turn it into something meaningful – it felt like a way to almost justify the things that happened to me, like there was a reason for them. I feel everything too deeply, and have a simultaneous fascination with understanding the world around me, and society, and human interaction. I’ve always joked that I’m more comfortable being the person behind the camera in any social situation rather that participating, and not just because I spend a lot of time behind a camera (I produce all of my own visuals). Creating music has always been like that for me – it’s not only been a coping mechanism, but a lens to view my experiences that makes everything feel like it has this inexplicable significance.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
My writing process is a constant flow of reorganization and rearrangement, like fitting together a puzzle. It usually starts with what I call “song fragments.” I’ll hear someone say a word, or I’ll see an interesting phrase, or I’ll think about a situation in my life in a new way and feel compelled to stop whatever I’m doing and write down a fragment in my notes folder on my phone. There are over a thousand song fragments currently floating around inside that folder on separate notes, each containing one or two lines, a full verse, or even just a single word that happened to speak to me. Then, when I feel inspired again, I go back and draw from those fragments and rearrange them in order to create something more fully fleshed-out. That’s when I usually sit down at the piano, experiment and settle on a chord progression, and begin to hum melodies until the phrases begin to make sense. Often I don’t know exactly what I’m writing about, or what the fragment means, until I start the musical side of things. I love the feeling of singing whatever flows out of me until more words emerge, shaping the melody at the same time.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
“Pressure Points” came about one afternoon in the middle of summer with all of the windows open. I finally felt at peace with something inside of me, and the right chords stood out effortlessly, which is a rare occurrence. Lyrically, it’s about idolizing someone as the hope I was looking for through a struggle with mental health, and the fear of losing them. At that time in my life, I felt like I was finally seen for my full potential, which gave me a glimpse of possibility when I could only see nothing before. You can hear the original voice memos in there from the day I started writing it with birds singing in the background, which felt so right to keep in since it’s quite a vulnerable song. The idea of “pressure points” felt so strangely accurate to me when I came up with it – it’s not like someone is outright saving you, but more that they’re just existing in the right places and the right ways, and it’s really subtle, but that makes it all the more powerful.
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
The rest of the year is looking surreal. I’m releasing an EP called DEEP END on June 11, which is the culmination of the past 4 years of my life. It centers around the idea of conformity vs. individuality while struggling with mental health, and my journey moving from one mindset to the other. After that, I’m completely throwing myself back into the creation process. I want to continue developing this universe.