Missguided Discovered: Elohim
New music, life in lockdown and the importance of connecting with fans.
This week we caught up with singer, songwriter and mental health advocate, Elohim, following the release of her new single Good Day, Bad Day.
LA-Elohim has dedicated much of her career to spreading awareness about mental health issues. She sings passionately about her own struggles, through her genre-spanning tunes and unmistakable sounds.
In May 2019, Elohim donated the proceeds from her BRAINDEAD EP to mental health charities in support of Mental Health Awareness month, and released a series of breath work videos aimed at guiding meditation methods to help people after suffering panic attacks or disassociation.
We chatted to her about new music, life in lockdown and the importance of connecting with her fans.
Hey Elohim, how are you today?
Today I am good! Everyday feels emotionally different these days. Some days I wake up inspired to create and live life, other days I wake up and don’t want to leave my bed or the couch and I want to sink in as deep as I can. Today is a good day!
How have you been keeping yourself busy during the pandemic?
I’ve started making new music and that has been saving me and my brain. I set up a studio in my room in my house and I’ve gotten pretty lost in the creation of this music. It has been one of the blessings from this time actually. I’ve been forced to create in solitude doing absolutely everything myself and it has definitely pushed me in ways I think I may have needed.
You use your platform to speak openly and frankly on mental health, do you think people in the music industry are doing this enough?
I think it is becoming more prevalent which can be a really good thing. I still would love to see more storytelling from personal experiences that aren’t sugar coated, that are completely unedited, raw and real. It’s what I’ve really pushed myself to do, to share those real moments and remind people they are not alone, because it can truly save someone’s life.
“I still would love to see more storytelling from personal experiences that aren’t sugar coated, that are completely unedited, raw and real.”Elohim
Congrats on your latest singles. How was the reaction to Good Day Bad Day?
Thank you! To be honest, it is challenging to read reactions right now without touring and performing at festivals all summer. Live shows were such a big part of my connection with listeners and fans… but right now what matters to me most is the one person that the song has reached who sends me a message saying “without this song I don’t know how I would have gotten through this time. I feel understood.” That is all that matters right now at this moment in time and I’ve gotten a few of those messages so I feel fulfilled.
Why is it so important that you use your voice to not only speak about your own experiences with mental health, but to raise awareness?
It is important for me to speak openly and honestly about my horrible experience with mental health because I have struggled from such a young age and felt completely alone the entire time. I honestly can’t even imagine hearing a song talking about throwing up from anxiety and then on top of that being able to reach out to the artist personally and have a real one on one conversation. And then find this community of others that have also struggled. I think that would have changed my entire life.
“I honestly can’t even imagine hearing a song talking about throwing up from anxiety and then on top of that being able to reach out to the artist personally and have a real one on one conversation”Elohim
What have you missed most about being on tour?
I have missed the hugs and human connection more than anything. I was in the middle of my ‘Group Therapy Tour’ when the official lockdown happened and it was heartbreaking. The connections we made every night, the tears, the smiles, the dancing, the screaming… it was all just a magical dream.
What were your favourite albums as a teenager?
A family friend introduced me to Bjork’s ‘Homogenic” and Radiohead’s “Kid A” and I fell in love with those records.
Most surreal career moment so far?
Playing the Sahara Tent at Coachella! Me, myself and I on that huge stage feeling empowered, confident and HAPPY!