Eli Spiral – InterviewSeptember 24, 2019
Can you give us some background about yourself, origin, years in industry, what drives you to succeed in the music industry?
ES: I have a long 20 year history with the music industry in different forms. As a DJ, Producer, Bass Guitarist, Promoter, Label Manager, Booking Agent, and everything in between. I have always been drawn to the underground where creativity and exploration is encouraged. After all these years I still feel a deep drive to express myself through music. To continue learning and growing in the creative process. Eli Spiral is my latest project focusing on deep hypnotic progressive.
Life and work, with the hours required, is it a challenge and how do you navigate to find your ideal balance?
ES: It is certainly a challenge to balance a music career in the underground with a healthy life at home and at work. I’ve spent countless late nights in the studio and on the road. For me, I try to make sure that when I enter the creative space I am able to devote myself completely to the process. It’s like a form of meditation, tuning out all the background noise and focusing your energy on a single point.
Is there any development of talent in the Boulder/Denver underground music scene and who are some of the new up and coming producers to watch out for?
ES: I have been working with my friends DYNOHUNTER here in Boulder. A super talented trio performing Live Techno/House and making big waves in the US festival circuit. We have collaborations released on Mistique Music (UK) & Clinique Recordings (Russia) with more to come soon.
How do you go about curating the producers that you collaborate with?
ES: The DYNOHUNTER collaborations have come about organically as we’ve been friends for years and have complementary styles.
For remix projects, I have been very fortunate to work with some great labels that connect me with artists from around the world. Andre Sobota, Thomas Datt, Jamie Baggotts, Audioglider, Willscape, to name a few.
Tell us, for new and upcoming DJ/Producers what should they focus on most?
ES: Make the music you love. There are so many aspects to a music career in the modern age, but at the core of it I think the main focus should be creating something that tells your own unique story.
Tell us about your collaboration with JourneyDeep, how did the relationship happen, was it an organic progression or a specific strategy that you worked on?
ES: A little bit of both I guess. I shared some release promos with Josh earlier this year and we made some tentative plans to work together but I didn’t have any tracks available at the time. After I wrote ‘Mandala Visions’ I felt that I wanted to work with a local label since the tune was inspired by a night out in Denver with Whirling Dervish Productions. JourneyDeep was the perfect fit.
JourneyDeep Records continue to solidify their reputation as a platform for tasteful, time-tested talent with the July 15th, 2019 release of “Mandala Visions” by Eli Spiral. Born from a moment of genuine inspiration, the progressive house single blends classic and cutting-edge elements to yield a sonic tale only such a tenured producer is qualified to tell.