Collective 024 | Elderbrook

Collective 024 | Elderbrook
Welcome back to the twenty-fourth feature from the Collective Series by The Idle Man. Where we meet up with interesting men who either work in the creative industry, or we just admire the work they do. Styled in our most recent collections, drops and interviewed by our feature writer Georgia Jackson. Read the full feature below as we believe it's more about what we do, rather than what we wear.
Meet Alex Kotz aka, Elderbrook, a Grammy-nominated live act, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in London the singer had always been intrigued and interesting in the musical world, growing up his interests varied as he explored different genres before discovering his electric sound. Dabbling in producing and performing, he has always had all hands on deck approach.

The Grammy-nominated act has been creating music since he was in school and released his first single, 'Simmer Down' in 2015, since then he has worked with world-class artists and has even had his own music remixed by DJ's such as Robin Schulz. In 2017 Elderbrook worked on a collaboration with Camelphat which lead to the track 'Cola', the song travelled across the globe becoming one of the best dance anthems of the year. The track was nominated for the Best Dance Recording at the Grammy's.

This month the expressive musician released his brand new track with Rudimental, 'Something About You'. The track has already been a big success with nearly two million listens on Spotify. Along with the track, the music video expressing his own feelings of accepting that it's okay to lean on those around you and talk about problems. The video portrays a man, who is played by Michael Socha (This Is England, Being Human, Chernobyl). The character goes to visit a therapy group and is chosen to speak in front of everyone. Instead of him talking, you are able to listen to the lyrics to represent the man's feelings as he dances around encouraging others around him to stand up and share his dance and express their own feelings. 

The 'Something About You' singer is getting ready for his tour in October, but before he jets off, The Idle Man is sitting down with him to discuss his love of music and his plans for the future.

What lead you down the musical path?

It’s always been part of my life in some way but it all began when I was about 14 and my parents got me an acoustic guitar.

How did your younger years influence your music today?

When I was younger I listened to a lot more indie and band music. Now that my work is electronic I think I’ve kept the song structures much more like the music I used to listen to. Obviously, I sing over the electronic music so I think that gives it a little indie flavour as well. 

To those unfamiliar with your music, how would you describe your sound?

Deep electronic yet bouncy with delicate vocals sprinkled on top

People have misunderstood your music in the past describing you as more of a DJ, but you’re not, you’re a performer, a singer/songwriter. When did you first start writing your own music?

I first started writing pretty much straight after I got my first guitar. I got bored of learning other peoples songs so as soon as I could put some basic chords together I started to write songs.

You had huge success with Camelphat and your song ‘Cola’, how did that make you feel knowing it was a worldwide hit?

I had absolutely no idea! I don’t think anybody did. I always loved the song but I thought it was too minimal and techno for mainstream radio and stuff like that! Luckily people seemed to like it and it’s brought me a long way. 

The song received Grammy recognition with a nomination in ‘Best Dance Recording’, how did you celebrate this?

I was a bit shocked at first. I didn’t realise it was even a possible outcome! I think I celebrated by going to the pub with my manager as I luckily was with him when we found out. 

You have just released your latest track, ‘Something About You’ with Rudimental, how did you find the collaboration on the whole as an experience?

It’s was great working with them! I’ve known the guys for a while as we were on the same record label back in the day when I first started releasing music. We always wanted to work with each other but it never really came together until this! 

Tell us what the track is all about? Are there any hidden meanings, a message?

No hidden meanings or anything like that! It’s just a song about me realising I need people to lean on. To prop me up emotionally. I think that’s something that everyone can relate to in one way or another.

Your embarking on your tour this October, is there anywhere you particularly looking forward to going or seeing? 

Looking forward to Munich as I’ve never been before but I love Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, all of them! 

Your own music such as ‘Old Friend’ and well as ‘Cola’ has been remixed by the likes of Robin Schluz and Jamie Jones, how does it feel to be inspiring fellow musicians with your own creations?

It’s amazing! I love when people put a different spin on my music. I’ve often heard my songs a fair few times before they’re released so a remix freshens things up  

Who’s your dream artist to work on a song with?

I think Jamie XX

Do you have any plans to record new music soon?

YES! I’m always writing and recording but early next year will be the release of my debut album! With some exciting bits between now and then.

You can keep up to date with Elderbrook and his new music plus his upcoming tour by following him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For now, you can check out Elderbrook and Rudimental's latest track and music video below.

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