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Elan Lea is Ready For Some American Love
We chat with the singer about writing his own songs, his big break in the US and his dream collaborations.

 

 

You may not have heard of Elan Lea yet, but chances are, you will soon. This singer/songwriter hails from his native South Africa and has recently made quite a splash in the UK. Elan is getting ready to debut his US project, Conversations Over Time. Elan is a protege of the late Robin Gibb and his highly successful Universal Records album My Only Excuse was released in 2009. So be the first of your friends to check him out and learn all about his new album and his transition to the US music scene below!

What is the hardest part about breaking into the US music scene?

Honestly – this is a first for me in the USA, so I’ll have to let you know when I do! Hopefully it all goes well! If I had to think about the challenges ahead that could make it difficult, I think it will be about finding a good space in a majorly competitive environment for a currently unknown Artist/name/brand. But that said - for me it’s not about competition – its about music and expression and nothing else for the major part.

How has it been writing all your own songs? What do you find difficult about it?

Writing my own songs is great! The only difficult thing about writing the songs is having gone through what I did, which leads to the emotions heard on the album. This just proves – everything happens for a reason! Writing isn’t difficult, it’s a gift, sometimes it just needs to be unlocked. I also had the privilege of working with some great co-writers on a handful of tracks, which was great and made the writing process truly fun and enjoyable even when expressing tough, deep, personal thoughts. 

Have you noticed a difference between your fans in South Africa vs. UK?

I’m just glad they’re around in both territories – so to all of you from wherever you are in the world, a massive thank you for being part of my journey! Lets grow old together.

What is one thing you want your fans to know about you that they don't already?

Hmmm.. Well.. I’m not actually into fame. For me it’s truly more about getting my music out and touching people’s hearts, minds and souls with the ideas and melodies behind my lyrics. Nothing is better than the rewarding feeling of having your work appreciated. Succeeding in life because you have a gift that allows you to express emotion – that’s a great story. 

What artist would you like to collaborate with that you haven't yet?

Where to begin on this question, so many great artists! I was very lucky and honored to be mentored by the Late Great Legend Robin Gibb of the Bee Gee’s and if I could work with artists today – well..  Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Elton John, John Mayer, Robbie Williams, I could go on for ages, so many wonderfully talented and inspirational musicians. 

How do you choose which songs to release as singles?

It’s got a lot to do with a gut feeling about a song. Also watching peoples reactions to it, but most of the time in today’s world it’s about what the radio will play. If I had my way I’d put out my ballads – at my shows it’s the ballads that seem to really touch hearts. But it’s not that way with radio at the moment -- particularly for first singles. Unless you’re the exception, like the brilliantly talented Adele. 

What is your favorite track on your album?

Now that’s like you’re asking me to pick between children or something [laughter]. I think my favorite track could be “Space For The Lonely,” I’ve loved the concept ever since I first thought of it and I love it more now that it sits in my song. The concept or rather the question, questions who made space for the lonely, or who made space for loneliness in our lives. Who created loneliness? And if that being or angel or God, had felt it before creating it, would he/she still have subjected the rest of us to the terrible feeling of loneliness? I’m excited for people to hear it.

To learn more about this rising artist, check out Elan Lea online here.