Interview – Elina Filice

Hamilton, ON-based genre-defying singer-songwriter and spoken word artist, Elina Filice is back with her third release of the year, “Everything About You”.

Filice this time enlists the help of friend and groove-master, Neolithic. The pair met while studying at BIMM Dublin, and have collaborated on projects and performances over the years.

“Everything About You” features a laid-back beat, jazzy guitar licks, and a stuck-in-your-head chorus. Sprinkled with hooks and layered vocals, the thoughtful lyrics are coupled with intricate production and a surprise acapella outro.

“This song is about when love gets hard,” Filice shares. “It’s realizing that love goes through seasons, and even the less shiny things about someone or a relationship are still your favourite parts.

“All of the imperfections make up a perfect whole.”

“For me, the song represents the moments when you take a second to reflect the little details of a partner, whether preferred or not, as a means to remind yourself how much you adore them,” Neolithic adds. “Even when they have their own things that might irritate you, or vice versa, it’s about taking in the little things that make their personality whole…

“It’s about the beauty that truly includes our perfect imperfections.”

“Everything About You” was recorded by Wavefarm Productions (Dublin), and produced by Zachary MacPherson and Elina Filice.

Check out the lyric video below, and find out more about Elina via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’d love to! I’m Elina, I’m a singer, songwriter, and storyteller. My influences are varied and include jazz, blues, hip-hop, and spoken word. I have a passion for performing, I’m also a bit of a nomad having lived in Singapore, Spain, and most recently Dublin. I founded Red Vine Records through which I’m a creative consultant. I’m in the midst of releasing some groovy singles ahead of my sophomore EP, coming soon! I’m also an advocate for queer rights, and regard music as a powerful tool for the queer community as a space for authentic queer storytelling, solidarity, and visibility.

Tell us about the recording process behind “Everything About You”?

I laid down the main guitar lick over a simple drum beat with a producer friend of mine. The chorus lyrics were only half-written, so I wrote them on the spot and improvised the harmonies and backing vocals. I knew I wanted a fire feature on this one, and my friend and collaborator Neo came to mind as my top pick. We met while we were studying songwriting at a music college in Dublin, he’s an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist and rapper. He loved the demo and sent back a voice note of a verse and it was perfect! We then recorded the guitars (me) and bass (Neo) at Wavefarm Productions with my long-time collaborator Kevin (legend). As well as the myriad of vocal parts- Neo had the idea of throwing in the acapella outro, replacing all of the instruments and beat with vocal equivalents. I then produced the track long-distance with another long-time collaborator Zachary MachPherson. All around a rewarding process with some of my favourite collaborators!

What was the highlight of 2020?

Despite everything happening in the world, I was lucky enough to have had a pretty good 2020. I had the time to invest in my music, pivoted to working online in music PR, and continued consulting through Red Vine Records. I moved back here to Hamilton and re-connected with family and friends. I shot and released the music videos to “Thinking of You” and “First World Problems” (check them out!) as well as a bunch of other live videos and content. To name a few!

What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021? 

I hope to keep this year going strong with my EP release (soon!). I have a few groovy singles in the works. I have some talented producers I want to work with, some acoustic stuff I’d love to record, some video ideas… so many ideas so little time!

Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate or open/close a concert with in the future? 

There are so many artists I’d love to collab with! I love a collaborative songwriting process and the talent and ideas that other people can bring to a song really excite me. Look out for some fun features on my upcoming EP 🙂

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