Three years ago, my wife and I lost our first daughter. Her name was Amelia. It's hard to put into words how difficult it is to lose one's child. You feel infinite sadness. You feel desperate, hopeless, confused. One of the things that helped me cope was music. I channeled my emotions into my first album Futuro Humano. It's an album that opened many doors and has allowed me to continue in this musical journey. A year after this tragedy, we had our second daughter, Mila Flora, who has given us immense strength and unparalleled happiness. She has made my life greater and has given me the absolute delight of becoming a parent again. So, I am using music once more, but this time, to show how floral and dreamy supreme love can be.
Being a stay-at-home dad for the past year has brought an enormous joy to see my daughter grow. It is a blessing to be with her on a daily basis, to laugh together and learn from her already wise view of the world. My objective is not just to write another album, but to deliberately create one that my daughter would enjoy listening to (she is a fan of the demos!). Mila is already showing talent and love for music. I love her for that and for recharging my heart and soul.
With all that said, I can confirm that I have finished writing 9 songs inspired by her presence and about this voyage that we call life. These tracks feature sounds that have resonated with me from past and present. It's a mix of post-punk, 80's alternative pop, dream pop, chillwave... and a little bit of italo disco.
I will be recording the album with Steven Aguilar, who is a producer, mixer, and engineer working out of Zero Chemistry and Palmquist Studios in Los Angeles. He has worked with artists like The Head and The Heart, Dave Matthews Band, Moby, TELEKINESIS!, Silver Torches and Damien Jurado. I previously worked with him to record my first EP Sentir while living in Seattle. He is also an amazing songwriter and releases his own music under the name Heatmaps.
I am an independent Ecuadorian artist based in Los Angeles, California. I have produced an EP titled Sentir (2014) and an LP called Futuro Humano (2016), which were well received by critics both in Latin America and in music portals such as: KEXP and Remezcla. I have performed on KEXP radio in Seattle (February, 2016), at the LATINDIE festival in Chicago (January, 2018), at Sofar Sounds in Guayaquil (July, 2018) and have opened for distinguished Latin American musicians such as GEPE, Javiera Mena, La Vida Boheme and Francisca Valenzuela. My music has been described as "lush sonic soundscapes that evoke his deep Andean roots – without resorting to stereotypical pan flute kitsch." (Richard Villegas, Remezcla), "the debut LP Futuro Humano finds Elia sonically filled out - it's a thick, shimmering and driving synth pop dreamland." (DJ Chilly, KEXP) and "emotional, meaningful and futuristic but contemplative, synthesis of electronic and organic" (Joel Azose, musician).
This campaign is to help raise funds for my second album titled Flora.
The funds will help me pay for:
Risks and challenges
I have been planning this crowdfunding campaign for several months and feel confident with the strategy that I have set forth. One of the challenges is to ensure that all the reward items are ready for shipment. Although I already have some of those items in my possession (stickers, pins, guitar picks, CD's), I have set a conservative but realistic estimated delivery timeframe in order to give myself enough time to work on the album. I would also like to add that any of my backers can contact me at any time regarding any questions and/or concerns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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