Artist Session: Elektrik People

Known for their sensuous voals, infectious lyrics, and lush electronic beats, Los Angeles-based trio Elektrik People just released their latest single, "If I Was Your Lover." The bouncy new track was inspired by a spontaneous trip. We chatted with the band about their inspirations, music production, Denmark, and more.

Hey guys, thanks for joining our series. Tell us your story?
All three of us played together in other bands before Elektrik People. We started making more electronic music and perform just the three of us in night clubs such as The Sayer’s Club and Bootsy Bellows that don’t usually have bands only DJ’s. Kind of a hybrid setup with out Bass or drum set. It was fun to do something a little different like that.

Is there a certain symbolism behind Elektrik People?
No Symbolism necessarily but the name is inspired by a more human or natural feeling of electricity – “If it’s not lighting up the storm clouds overhead or crackling in a static spark at your fingertips, then it’s moving through the human nervous system, animating the brain’s will in every flourish, breath and unthinking heartbeat.”

Has being from Denmark influenced your style? Who did you listen to growing up?
Ha ha well Svend is so “americanized” by now that the Only influence would be the funny little spelling errors sometimes!

– No of course the Danish background comes through a bit in the production I think but It’s interesting that I, growing up in Europe listened to a lot of american music and Evan and Reid both growing up here in California listened to a lot of european artist growing up.

Where did you draw inspiration from for your new single “If I Was Your Lover?”  
The song is a result of a one day writing trip to Santa Barbara. The track was already there but we went away for a day to clear our minds from all the distractions and noise of LA. Evan writes almost all the lyrics from a very personal place I think.

Describe your relationship when you’re behind your instruments and computer producing to performing in front of your audience.
The band is constantly evolving and changing as we are changing of course. Right now is a very creative time with a lot of songs being created so that is fun.  

How has your sound evolved from 2014 to present day.
I don’t know – you tell me – has it evolved ? ha ha – well I guess it has we keep getting inspired by new things and the sound moves with us. Speaking of sound – this song actually has the sound of a Red Wood tree packing machine in the Bridge that Evan worked with in North California. – Recorded with his iPhone and it made the track so I guess right now we like to use weird sounds that inspire us.

What’s next for Elektrik People?
We have plenty of more music to share with the world so we will keep creating and keep releasing …

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