Hi! For those new to your music can you quickly introduce yourself?
Hey, my name is Teri Eloise, I’m 21 years old, born in the UK, raised in Trinidad and Tobago. I’m a singer, songwriter, producer and a visual artist - basically, all I do is create!
So, you have just released ‘Lose Myself’, and it has a very different vibe to your debut release ‘Blossom’ – what inspired you to write ‘Lose Myself’?
Yes, Lose Myself is very different from Blossom. Lyrically it’s more on the vulnerable side and musically it’s a lot more of a lighthearted and fun sound. Writing this song was the most natural process ever. At the time, I was quite lost, trying to figure out myself and my future and I was dealing with some conflicting feelings. I remember one night, (actually it was around 4 in the morning) there was so much going on in my head, so I thought why not write down some of these thoughts and feelings to help get some clarity and ease my mind? I played a chord progression that I was working on and the words just started pouring out along with a melody. The song pretty much wrote itself. I didn’t really know what I wanted Lose Myself to sound like either, I sort of just started playing around on the keys, and layering it with instruments and sounds that I thought sounded good. It’s one of the first songs in which I took such a big role in producing. If you listen to my demo versus the track now, it’s very similar, just more built up and much better quality (and a lot funkier.) So it’s something I'm very proud of and it’s always going to be an extremely special song to me.
Can you tell us a little bit about your song writing process? How do you get from initial idea to fully produced single?
The way I write my music varies, it really depends on my mood or the weight of my emotions, or if I'm extremely under pressure! Usually, lyrics would just pop up in my head at the most random times and I’d have to jot them down in my phone. With that, I’d have some lyrics or a concept to expand on and later add music to. A lot of times, I’d work on the music first and then start writing. Whatever comes naturally! When I have a song that I'm confident in, I’d take it to the studio to record the vocals and I’d work with other producers who could pitch some new ideas and help build the song.
When did you realise that music was something that you wanted to pursue more seriously?
It’s hard to remember a time in my life when I didn’t think about being a musician - I feel like I’ve always known. When I first started making music when I was younger, I remember just how much I loved doing it, and how proud I was of what I was able to create. School wasn’t easy growing up either, I was really shy and I had difficulty paying attention, so I think when I realised how much I loved making music and how much focus I was able to put into it, that meant everything to me and therefore, I knew it was the career I wanted. I became a lot more serious about it when I was 14. I was really shy and I could barely sing in front of other people, but I wanted my voice to be heard, so I decided to start posting covers on Youtube. People started watching and supporting me, which meant a lot. From there, I started to gain more confidence and continue working towards being an artist.
How has your musicality evolved and grown as you have matured as an artist?
I try not to limit myself creatively. I like being different, experimenting with new sounds and simply, not following any rules. I’ve also learnt how important it is to be honest with myself when writing. It can be pretty scary releasing something that is literally your diary out into the public but at the end of the day, the realer you are, the more your listeners are going to connect with the music. There’s a lot of beauty in that.
Can you tell us anything about your plans for 2019? Will we be able to see you live
2019 is going to be an exciting year for sure. I have some special projects in the works, one in particular that I am aiming to release early next year and well... for live shows, I’m in the process of planning! It’s going to be great and I couldn't be more excited because I really miss being on stage.
Do you think your multi-cultural heritage and upbringing has influenced your music in any way?
Oh, absolutely. Growing up, I was surrounded by so many different kinds of music - I listened to everything, from Calypso, Soca, Reggae, to my dad’s old heavy metal LP’s, to my mum and my older sister’s old school R&B CD’s - and the list goes on. The music and culture of Trinidad & Tobago is so vibrant and rich, it’s influenced my artistry a lot, but not to the point where I’d limit myself to one sort of sound. I love incorporating elements of different genres into my music, I could never commit to just one.
Which artist would you most like to share the stage with and why?
There are so many artists that come to mind, but I’d definitely want to share the stage with Jhené Aiko. She’s a huge inspiration of mine and I think it'd be such a vibe performing with her.
And finally... Whose music are you obsessed with at the moment?
I’m really loving Kali Uchis at the moment! Her creativity is unreal and I love her style.
Check out Teri Eloise's brand new single 'Lose Myself' below...