The fact Elephante (originally from MI) spends a chunk of time on our home turf for school at Harvard made it that much cooler to land a brief interview. We were able to connect about mutual knowledge of the local scene while hearing what it was like when he was here. Read on to see what he had to say.
►I interned at a recording studio called Cybersound in Back Bay for a couple years, and I also ran the campus studio. I played out at a few open mics in Boston, like at Cafe 939, but back then I was doing singer-songwriter stuff. I didn’t really produce electronic music or start DJ’ing until after I graduated. I was a big fan of the Middle East in Cambridge though – I went to a ton of shows there.
►It was more that I finally had reached a tipping point where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I could see myself getting complacent and sort of just settling for that life, and could see my life 10 years down the line and knew it was a life I didn’t want. I sort of knew that day was coming so I had been saving up a bit, but I certainly didn’t have any real long-term security – I just knew I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t give music everything I had.
►My mom was supportive; I think she knew how unhappy I was and how much I loved music. And let’s just say I had to ease my dad into the idea… and now that it’s been a few years and I’ve never had to call them to borrow money, so I think they finally buy that it’s a career. I’ve taken them to a couple shows, and my dad especially had a blast, so I think they’re on board.
►Yeah, I lose track of which day it is a lot, and my body is generally pretty confused with which time zone it’s in. I try to work out on the road, and I just really appreciate the days that I get to sleep in my own bed. I get to do what I love though, and the energy from the crowds and meeting people at shows is really inspiring though, and that’s a big part of what keeps me going.
►Yeah, whichever one upgraded me to first class most recently. So… Delta, I guess?
►I travel with my manager, Tom, to most places. He’s pretty responsible and is always on my case about being on time and waking up, so we haven’t missed any flights or anything like that. It’s usually just scrambling to get to the venue if our flight is delayed, like once in NYC we landed in a blizzard and it took us 2.5 hours to get to the show from the airport, and I went pretty much from the car to the stage.
►I definitely like my naps. Honestly, we usually have so little time and are out early the next morning and we don’t get to do a ton of sightseeing. I’ll try to Yelp a cool restaurant or something nearby, but a lot of times we just order Jimmy John’s delivery to the hotel. So yeah, we’re kinda bums – and the more shows in a row we have, the bummier we get.