NYC-based electro pop artist Elijah & the Grapes have released a new single entitled “Now or Never". The track is the follow-up release to “Sleep in Trees,” which debuted in early 2015.
The project began when talented vocalist & songwriter Elijah Greene migrated from LA to New York in 2013, and quickly connected with KBV Records founder Tony Verderosa after performing a handful of solo shows around the city.
Take a listen to the new tune and read our interview below!
Why the move from LA to NYC?
LA is great but I wanted real seasons--some change. Also, the whole LA traffic thing was starting to take it's toll on me. Besides that, I like the pace in NYC. At any time, there's always something to do and someone to do it with. NYC also has no tolerance for laziness and I like to stay busy.
Do you think the scene change has had an effect on your sound?
I'm not sure if the scene has impacted the sound. Williamsburg reminds me culturally and artistically of Silverlake. Bushwick is a bit like Echo Park. LA and NYC are still the two big American cities for entertainment and music so there are a lot of similarities in regards to 'scenes.' I do think the people I've met in NYC have had an effect on the sound. I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing without the people I've met here. Also, I think timing had a lot to do with the sound.
How has been collaborating with KBV Records?
It's been great and liberating in a sense. It's nice to have a label that is on the same page with you. When I started working on the songs, I didn't really know what to expect or where it would go. It's been great to grow together and I hope that we can even go further.
How you do you hope your music makes listeners feel?
I guess that's up to the listener, but I'd like this to feel like an escape for people. I want people to dance and have fun, even if it's at their desk at work;)