VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Elderbrook On How He Got His Name, New Music, EDM
Elderbrook, one of Britain’s rising stars of electronic music, is making a name for himself across the pond with new music, including the recent hit, “Capricorn.”
“The song ‘Capricorn’ is about two people in a relationship,” Elderbrook, who was born Alexander Kotz, explained in an exclusive with uInterview. “The girl in the relationship is super into horoscopes, to the extent that she lets it define their relationship. The male character in this [story] goes and gets a job at the magazine that she reads and then just changes the horoscopes to make it all good again.”
“He was basically pastiching an English accent and he was naming all these English-sounding names until he said ‘Elderbrook.'”
“So I said, ‘ooh, that’s a nice name. So I looked it up, no one else had called it, and I went for it.”
Elderbrook’s song “Cola,” a collaboration with British DJ duo CamelPhat, was a chart-topper both in the U.S. and in the U.K. and received a nomination for Best Dance Song at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Eldberbrook also remixed the popular 2016 song “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit featuring Anne-Marie.
This summer, Elderbrook went on tour with Bonobo and Rüfüs Du Sol and is now headlining his own tour.
Elderbrook also explained how “Cola” was created. “[CamelPhat and I] went to the studio in Brixton in South London, and we were there for maybe three or four hours,” he revealed. “We got three different songs together in that time, and of them was ‘Cola.’ Three months later, Defected Records wanted to put it out and ever since then, it kept on surprising me.”
Last year, Elderbrook released his second EP Talking. In the spring, he released the single “Sleepwalking,” which he co-wrote with Empire of the Sun’s Nick Littlemore.
What makes a good dance track, according to Elderbrook? A song that makes people want to dance, he simply said. Regarding what makes a “great” dance track, the singer said: “I think what makes a really great dance track is something that’s just a bit different than just the standard ‘kick, snare, bass’ or whatever. Something with a little more emotion to it.”