Mo’ Wax is the label headed up by James Lavelle, and it’s back in the limelight with a new release. It’s the first album by a British electronic prodigy, Elliott Power. We’ve been eagerly awaiting this release after getting pretty excited listening to the first promising tracks which were unveiled online.
The album titled Once Smitten is finally in the world, born of the collaboration of the Londonian musician Elliott Power and the producer Dorian Lutz (as known as Mïnk).
As a gust of Wind, Elliott Power took our breath away with the dazzling « Sword Souls ». Discover or rediscover this dark and bewitching track…
A smooth duality emanates from Elliott Power’s universe and makes it addictive and fascinating. His compositions are coated with a shadowy and creepy haze, which are then suddenly bathed in a searing, eerie and reassuring brightness. Elliott and Dorian’s silky and sensual voices murmur warm and mystical lyrics in our ear, contrasting with sophisticated and icy production. It’s really quite catchy.
Hi Elliott, could you tell me the story behind the Elliott Power project?
I met Dorian (Mïnk) 11 years ago, we were introduced by our mutual friend Luke. I was 15 and Dorian was 14, he took me to his uncle’s studio on Askew Road in Shepherd’s Bush, at this point music was just something I did for fun, messing about, anyway this was the first time I’d ever been in a proper studio with a mixing desk and vocal booth. The most fascinating thing about this experience is that Dorian knew how to use the mixing desk, and confidentially navigate his way around. That day changed my life. I knew Dorian was a rare talent.
Your music is tinged with fantasy and supernatural, is science-fiction a theme that inspires you?
I’ve spent my whole life in denial about the fact that I’m actually a secret sci-fi nerd. Science-fiction and fantasy have been themes that have been with me since a child. My dad let me watch films like Akira and Terminator 2 when I was a toddler, he used to listen to Drum and Bass, at the time it felt normal but on reflection is all very sci-fi on my mind. I live in small West London town called Brentford, it’s very concrete, very grey, very sci-fi, in a dated dystopian way.
Your lyrics are rather mysterious. You write in an esoteric way, so perhaps your songs provoke different interpretations depending on the listener. What are you writing about?
Yes my lyrics are opened to different interpretation and resonance depending on the listener, this is something I wanted to do, I want people to take the song and make their own meaning, their own message, connect with the song in their own way. The whole point in music is to emote, to make people feel something good or bad. I usually write about my own feeling, moods, troubles good or bad, sometimes I can build a whole song just around a single word. It’s always different, the other day I saw some crows pecking at another dead bird, the image stuck with me, I turned it into a song.
You studied photography and art history. Did that influence the visual identity of the Elliott Power project? Do you work on your own videos?
The whole creative direction of the project comes from me, and it’s taken me time to build and establish the Elliott Power æsthetic. I know what I like and I know what I want, I’ve been very lucky to have collaborated with so many great creatives so early in my career: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, Ben Drury and Alex Hulsey to name but a few. My music videos are always collaborations, there is always a discussion, it’s important all parties involved get their ideas across.
Would you say you’re in the London music scene?
If I’m honest I’m not really a part of any London music scene, there are no real meccas for music anymore. It’s sad really.
The Internet seems to play an increasing role for musicians. However, you chose to keep a distance from social media, and you’ve previously referred to yourself as technophobic. It may appear paradoxical but staying away from the internet creates mystery around artists. Do you agree?
The internet is a fantastic tool for creatives and people to connect, sometimes I work on tracks with people back and forth through email etc…I think in this age of sharing and information, sometimes by giving less you stand out more.
Right now, your album is still awaiting release. You’ve already unveiled a few tracks, though. How would you describe the new songs we’re about to hear? Did you explore new sounds?
My album is a lot broader than people are expecting, listeners can expect some beautiful instrumentation with some string arrangement, wild drums… It’s a real time line of British electronic music, but not caught in the past, it’s nostalgic but still modern, both familiar and foreign.
Is there a track you wrote that particularily marked you during its writing?
The track « Surveillance » is my current favourite from the album, but it changes everyday. I think the song is really well-balanced, it has great production, real strings and drums, and I love how my vocals sit.
What are you listening at the moment?
At the moment I’m listening to my boy Mïnk, Thinkpiece‘s new single « No Stain », waiting for the new Autolux album, I’m also listening to early Three Six Mafia.
Mïnk has been publishing very promising tracks and beautiful clips recently, but we’d like to hear more! Are there any more releases planned?
He just throws them up, for people to listen to and download, there’s no record deal, no marketing, no politics. It’s just good music for the people by the people. Let’s see what happens.
It is now time for Limonadier’s recurrent question: if you were a drink, what would you be?
I would be a pint of Guinness, Black & White and bitter sweet.
Thanks a lot Elliott!
Released on February 26, Once Smitten is available for download on his official website just HERE