Photo and interview by Koromp
5 Questions - Eligh of Grouch & Eligh, Living Legends and 3MG.
What’s providing you influence and/or inspiration for recent projects?
Influence for me always comes from life experience. What ever I’m going through, working on, growing into, growing out of, dictates my artistic instinct. So, my art is very personal in the end. Recent projects being my newest albums and videos, are all driven by my latest experiences in my life. My quitting smoking, dealing with anxiety, learning to meditate have all crept into my music.
When has been your most satisfying moment in life or career? Why?
My most satisfying moment to date has to be the first show I did clean and sober, which is now 8 years ago..Before that show, I had already been performing for 8 or 9 years, but had never stepped on a stage as me all the way. To be able to conquer that fear, and find some kind of peaceful power in it now, has to be one of the biggest moments for me yet.
How does knowingly having the ability to heal others with words have an effect on your creative thought process?
Sometimes it creeps into my subconscious when I’m writing. I want to make music that helps people, but first, I want to make music that makes me happy, and satisfies me while I’m making it, so if I ever force trying to write something “deep” or meaningful, it usually doesn’t work. I write from the heart period. So if my heart
isn’t all the way into what I’m writing at that moment, I scrap it. Also thinking I have some special ability to heal someone with my words could push my ego a little too much, so I have to keep myself in check..!
What’s the number one goal that you’re still striving for, in music or life?
In music is to be worldwide, with a huge audience of faithful listeners who find some kind of positive affect from the music I make. Its to perform for the world, and make people happy. To share what I see, and change the way people look at themselves and they’re lives. In life, is to be a happy healthy human being, with no regrets, and lots of love in my life.
You’ve always been an independent artist (by choice), do you care to explain why that is and what continuously motivates you to take this path? What are some of the pros and cons of the independent artist lifestyle?
When your an outside the box type of person such as me, its the ideal place to create. In your own space, with your own rules and regulations. It makes it harder when you have no big machine taking up the slack on the promotional end of things, or the website maintenance side of things, when you have to do everything, its not easy. I have awesome people in my life doing some of these things for me, but its worth it, because freedom is something no one can buy. I’m on my own schedule, my own clock. No one tells me when and where I need to drop projects. I make as much or as little as I feel needs to be made. Being independent is the only way that makes sense.