Elias makes up with his past with the new single Focus

By on January 31, 2018

Three years have elapsed since Elias stepped into the Swedish and international music scene with the debut single “Revolution” and the tribute chorus drown out each other. Elias became the second debut ever to perform on Skavlan, the song was heard in the trailer of the American big movie “Birth of A Nation” and he was nominated for Swedish Grammis as “Newcomer of the Year”.

Elias unique voice drew attention internationally and Noisey described him as a blend of James Blake with Bon Iver’s potential while i-D found similarities with FKA Twigs and Anthony Hamilton.

Now Elias is up to date with the new single “Focus” he wrote together with Humble & Blisse who also produced the song. This year, Elias will also release his long-awaited debut album that includes collaborations with Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Coldplay, Florence Welch) Fraser T Smith (Adele, Stormzy, Sam Smith) and HYENA, acting as Elias right hand.

Listen to “Focus” here>>

“The song came very naturally, the chorus and the concept itself came by standing in the vocal box in the studio and only singing over some chords. Just then, I had a lot of thought about leaving something like that. Different relationships I should have get over a long time ago. Relationships that are a reason for who I am but which I can no longer be in. There has been a lot of that lay over me and in various ways made me live a pretty destructive life, it becomes like a breakup song to all that.” – Elias. 

Already at the age of 13, Elias voice was discovered by childhood friend Sabina Ddumba. She took him along to the Tensta Gospel Choir where artists such as Lykke Li, Janice and Mapei were more or less active. The choir served as a plant school for Elias and it did not take long before his own visions became reality of writing and performing his own music. Since then he has performed both at Way Out West and Popaganda for international festivals such as Eurosonic, Longitude festival, by:Larm and Reeperbahn.

Last Friday was the music videos to Focus also released. 

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music