"I don’t think there is anyone I’d rather be than myself. I do admire the career many others have had and I dream of epic success, obviously, but I feel like if I had to give up any part of my life, it would dull the artistic nature of the music and would ruin the entire intent behind what music is supposed to be." - A quote from Eloy as he expresses his individuality and need to remain true to himself.
1. Q: - Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
A: - My name’s Eloy, and I’m from Tampa, FL. I’m a writer turned game designer turned youtube channel host (of multiple channels) turned musician nowadays. I’m the kind of person who is always trying new things to see what sticks, and I really pour myself into it everything I do. That’s one of the reasons I’m so proud of Strays of the World, and the project’s debut album “In My Head”. I’ve learned so much about music in the past few years, from guitar to piano to mixing and mastering; whatever I can do to express myself, I do that!
2. Q: - One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
A: - It’s a strange thing for me… I can’t pinpoint one exact moment where I decided I wanted to be in music. I’ve always had music in me, ever since I was a child, so it’s less “when did I decide to do it” and more “when did I decide to stop holding back”. And the answer to that question came to me about 2 years ago when, in honor of the legendary musician Prince, I tried to learn guitar. I utterly failed a few times at it, and I beat myself up a lot, but I didn’t quit. I’m not the kind of person to give up on important things, and music is one of the biggest things in my life. There was a lot of floundering until I wrote my first real song… and it was a snowball effect ever since. More and more songs have poured out of me, which is why the debut album has 12 songs on it.
3. Q: - Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
A: - One of my goals in this huge musical journey I’ve been on was to learn everything about the music-making process. That meant taking vocal lessons, learning my instruments, spending hours diving into my DAW, and in the end, yes, also mixing and mastering my music myself. It’s a skill unto itself 100%! Recording the album took about 4 months and then there was about 1 month straight of mixing and mastering. Very happy with the result, though. Well worth the effort.
4. Q: - What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
A: - I have a lot of motivations in my life. Not just my family and friends, who have all had my back through this endeavor, but also having a unique outlet for self-expression. Music just has a certain quality that always called to me in my listening tastes, but the be able to convey my thoughts and dreams in the same manner is quite honestly life-changing. I’ve put my heart and soul into the music
we’re releasing, even note of it reflecting a moment in time that I wanted to share with my listeners. I also feel like there needs to be more music in the world made by creators and not hit-making farms of a million songwriters one song and catchy tunes. Don’t get me wrong, i love those songs too, but being a singer/songwriter will always carry with it the weight of the future of music.
5. Q; - I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
A: - I’m pretty green, so nothing really annoys me about the industry yet. I’m very much someone who is making music to express myself and I hope others find something in the music to connect with and come along for the ride. Speaking with other artists, their goal is to “make it” or “get a sync contract” or “money”, but to me those things are more steps along the way to a final goal of bringing people together and not the end result of your efforts. Or at least not my efforts. I believe in #love4oneanother, and it’s a huge reason why I believe music is the way.
6. Q: - Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
A: - To those who know me, the answer is pretty obvious. I’m a huge lover of one-person creative projects. That includes amazing artists like Billy Corgan, Tori Amos, Trent Reznor, Kid Cudi, Damon Albarn, Fiona Apple, Beck, M.I.A., Stevie Wonder, and several others. But at the top of that list is Prince. I’ve listened to him since I waas 11 and have combed through his lyrics and musicality with a fine-tooth comb and am still finding new things even today when I hear his music. Not only did he play all the instruments on most of his albums, but he wrote his own songs, didn’t stick to a single genre, changed up the entire music industry, and honestly, he just made his own rules. There’s a lot there to admire in both his career and his example to other artists to fight for creative control over your work.
7. Q: - One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
A: - The music scene mostly died in my town, but that was just the physical space. A lot of music has moved online. Lots of livestreams and lots of fun times are still being had, since we’re not 100% open as a country yet. That said, without COVID, I don’t think I would be making music. Being home with time to practice and learn everything necessary to the music-making process was only possible because of stay at home orders, though being surrounded by my children still made it tough. I was hearing a lot of music coming out from people in a similar situation, and it dawned on me one day… “maybe I could do that too”.
8. Q: - I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
A: - Social media is a fun distraction from real life at times and a black hold sucking you in at other times. On the whole, I mostly use it for promotion of my various artistic endeavors and for remembering people’s birthdays. I’m not an over-sharer online, I’ll let my music do that for me.
9. Q: - Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
A: - I’m always creating music, and while there ware 12 songs on this album, I have at least another 20 songs in various stages of completion that’ll see the light of day eventually as well. When I get deep into the creation, though, it overtakes me. This album took about 5-6 months in total to create, but I’d say about 3 months of that was just all day, every day making music. Sometimes, it’s not possible to get into that headspace, but I wouldn’t expect too long before the next music is out. I’m currently working on a EP for “My Siren” with different mixes of the song, which is really fun, and then after that… on to the next album!
10. Q: - I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
A: - I’d agree that the 90s was just an amazing time in music, but I was also a teen at the time and I understand the psychology of nostalgia for the most part. The time you grew up in is primed to “the best music in the world” to your ear, which is why everyone - no matter how “cool” they are - will one day utter those dreaded words “music today is terrible”. That is the sign of old age, and sadly, I have caught myself saying it a few times. I also love at lot of the current music as well. Billie Eilish is on repeat for me right now.
11. Q- If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
A: - I don’t think there is anyone I’d rather be than myself. I do admire the career many others have had and I dream of epic success, obviously, but I feel like if I had to give up any part of my life, it would dull the artistic nature of the music and would ruin the entire intent behind what music is supposed to be. Also, for every success story, there is usually a dark underbelly that brought them to that level. It could be selling out. It could be drugs, or abuse. As artists we all have our own struggles, and I wouldn’t trade mine with anyone.
12. Q- What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
A: - Forget about the business. Forget about money or sex or all the things you’ve been sold. Make the music you want to hear, be honest in that music, and others will flock to you. Also, the key to longevity in any endeavor is to learn everything you can about it. Don’t be content with being a good singer. It’s great you can play the guitar, but what else do you bring to the table? Be as multi-faceted as possible, and you’ll prosper in the end.
13. Q: - I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
A: - Thank you as well! It’s great to share my message and my music with your listeners. Shoutout to
Alcée Mejia, The Perv Goggles, Blueautumn, and The Original NPG.
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