Eli Lieb
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Eli Lieb

Fairfield, Iowa, United States

Fairfield, Iowa, United States
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"A Star On The Rise: Eli Lieb"

At a time when most artists would kill for a major music label to sign them, Eli Lieb was turning them down. While other musicians were moving to major cities to follow a dream, Lieb was leaving one.

For 10 years Eli Lieb spent his time in the heart of New York City making a name for himself. His first performance held at the Sidewalk Café instantly grabbed the attention of label executives and producers. Lieb explored the possibility of signing with a label, but decided the best thing to do for himself and his music, was to move home to Iowa.

Lieb felt that Iowa’s way of life was much more simple and easy. He wanted to focus on his creativity and be in a strong place while writing and recording. The drastic move obviously paid off because Lieb’s first album dropped today October 25, 2011.

TooFab caught up with Lieb and got the full scoop on his musical journey. Check out the interview below!

TF: When did you first know music was your passion?

EL: I first knew music was my passion when I was 12. I was in some of the musicals at my school and that is when I realized I could actually sing. I kept doing that for a few years, and by the time I was 16 I picked up a guitar for the first time and taught myself how to play and then started writing songs.

TF: What was your creative concept behind the music video of “Place of Paradise”?

EL: A lot of times when I create something, sometimes things just pop into my head. For some reason when I knew I was going to do “Place of Paradise” as my first single and the music video for it, I just saw this image of myself floating peacefully in the water, kind of representing a spiritual holding tank. The song is about finding a place of paradise inside of you. Far too many times people are placing their happiness out of something that is not within in their control. Somebody they’re waiting for to come into their life to bring them the key to making them happy, when I believe we all hold that key inside of us.

TF: Who are some of your musical inspirations and how have they affected your career thus far?

EL: I have a lot of different musical inspirations. Since I was in 7th grade I’ve been obsessed with Bjork. I just love how she mixes a very industrial synthetic sound with the most beautiful lush orchestral arrangements that you’ve ever heard. I also love Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Fiona Apple and lately I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration from Robyn. I go all over the place, but take bits and pieces of everything I hear and attach it to me as inspiration. Hearing what they have created inspires me to create my own music.

TF: The album releases October 25. What can you say about this album, the vibe etc?

EL: The album has a lot of dance tracks and good beats to it, but there are also a couple songs that are just piano and strings. When I write a song I try to be able to have it played stripped down, that if I am just near a piano it will hold up just as well as how I’ve produced it. This album in particular came from an organic place. When I was writing and recording the songs I didn’t have in mind what I wanted to do with it, I knew that I just wanted to create something. From that place I managed to tap into a very authentic and organic place, where I could just let what is inside of me come out without editing or someone else’s opinion in the back of my head.

TF: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

EL: In five years I see myself doing what I’m doing now; making more music, playing shows, writing more albums and just expanding. Life is about expansion and I hope to bring who and what I am to the table. I want to meet other people to work with and to bring different elements to the table and continue unfolding.

TF: Which artist would you love to collaborate with one day and why?

EL: I would love to work with Fiona Apple. I absolutely love her albums, sound and songs. Another one I would love to work with is Bjork. There is a long list of people I’d love to work with.

TF: After living in NYC for 10 years, you went back to your hometown of Fairfield, Iowa. Do you regret this move and why did you make the switch?

EL: Iowa is where I grew up and I love it there, it’s my home base. I still spend a good amount of time in New York, but I just don’t live there now. The way of life in Iowa is such a simple and easy way of life for me, and I love that. My creativity and focus is stronger when I’m writing and recording.

TF: With your album releasing in a few weeks, what are your expectations for it?

EL: I hope that my fans love it. I don’t put too many expectations on the album, and just let it be what it’s going to be. If I had one wish, obviously that it would do well, but that my fans would be into it and want more from me.

TF: What goes into selecting the songs you cover on YouTube?

EL: The songs that I choose to cover, I first off have to like it and enjoy the melody to the point where I can make it my own. I enjoy performing the song “Hallelujah” the most, and I really like what I did with the cover of Britney Spears “Inside Out”.

TF: What do you think about someone like Rebecca Black who made it huge off YouTube and people have been saying different things about her talent?

EL: Everybody is on their own path and no matter what they are doing I respect it. I think she became a huge overnight sensation because people thought it was pretty ridiculous, but at the end of the day she was a young girl living out the dream of wanting to become a pop star. I hope that she managed to remain okay throughout the whole process and not allow it to get to her too much.

TF: What would you like to say to all of your fans?

EL: I am extremely appreciative of each and every one of them. I am a fan of so many musicians, and you listen to other people’s music and you listen and think you are one of many and that doesn’t matter. Now that the coin has flipped and I am a musician that has fans, I really see that fans completely build your career and allow you to have a career. My fans are what pump my blood and they are the most vital part to a musician’s career. - TMZ: Too Fab

"First Look: Eli Lieb"

Singer/songwriter Eli Lieb spent 10 years playing his music around New York City. But on the verge of signing with a major record label, he packed up and moved home to Fairfield, Iowa where he self produced his first, self-titled album, being released today. The out musician recently spoke with us about the process of making a record on his own terms, the art of a good cover song, and earning a gay audience.

OUT: You lived in New York for 10 years, but moved home to Iowa to record your album. What made you want to leave the city and head home?

EL: Well, I was in NYC doing my music, performing all around. But after being here for 10 years, I stared to crave a different way of life. A more calm, easy-going way. That’s why I moved back to Iowa, where I grew up. It’s a very peaceful, tranquil place, which I respond well to. So I’m based there but come back to NYC on a need-to basis.

OUT: You started to work with a recording label in New York, but decided to go it on your own to produce this album. What made you go that route?

EL: Everyone that I started to work with was really nice and supportive. But I just started to feel that it was about trying to create more of a product rather than the art that a person has to offer. I started to loose that organic quality I can bring to a song, when I can just write something in one sitting and don’t over edit it.

OUT: How long did this album take you to make?

EL: It took a good year or so. Not only was I writing all the songs but I was producing too, which I’ve never done before. I basically went back to Iowa, bought a bunch of recording equipment and taught myself how to use it. It definitely came from the deepest part of me. I think why people are responding so well to it is because I didn’t over think the process.

OUT: Has being an out performer affected your career at all? Was it an issue when you were talking with bigger labels?

EL: It’s really a non-issue to me. I live my life; I’m a really happy person. I make the music I make regardless of sexuality. I never brought it up with the labels, and nobody asked. I don’t feel the need to overexpose myself. I have nothing to hide but if it never comes up it never comes up. If it does I have not problem addressing it.

OUT: Would you say the gay community is automatically supportive of out musicians like yourself?

EL: I definitely have a pretty big gay audience, but I have a big audience from all spectrums. I think to a certain level the gay community likes seeing people doing things and being proud, but ultimately it’s about the music and people have to like what you’re offering.

OUT: You’ve built a lot of buzz online, with over 1 million hits on YouTube, doing cover songs. Do you think this is the way to get discovered these days?

EL: I don’t think it’s the way to break in, but it has been a huge game changer. If I were doing this on my own I would have to do it in a very different way. Like Ani Defranco, who drove herself to every single city in the country and built her audience that way. With YouTube, I can create a song and reach people around the world in one day.

OUT: Would you say there’s an art to doing a cover, in order to really make it your own?

EL: That’s the most important part about making a cover. Most people don’t want to hear another version of the exact same song they just heard. It’s about your take on it, that’s what people appreciate most. - Out Magazine- Popnography

"World Premiere of "Place of Paradise" Video"

The Iowa-based singer-songwriter has racked up over 1 million views on Youtube with his striking covers of hits by Katy Perry "Firework", Adele "Someone Like You", Lady Gaga "The Edge Of Glory", Kings Of Leon "Use Somebody" and even Rebecca Black "Friday".

Now, Lieb is releasing an eponymous debut LP of his own tracks (out October 25), and hes tapped UsMagazine.com to show off his first video from the effort, "Place Of Paradise."

Watch him belt out the pop tune -- and go skinny dipping! - above. For more info, visit the aptly-titled elilieb.com and click here to check out his other body of work. - US Magazine- September 7, 2011


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In a pop musical climate dominated by performers that are auditioned, packaged and produced for the public’s easy consumption, Eli Lieb has self-produced his debut album, titled simply Eli Lieb. The collection of 10 original songs resonates with honest and touching sentiments within cinematic melodies, delivered in the spirit of uncompromising integrity. Appealing to fans of Robyn andJames Blake, Eli Lieb has created something emotional and empowering. Eli Lieb was released on October 25th, 2011, available on CD and digitally on iTunes and other digital aggregates.

Eli Lieb opens with the filmic instrumental introduction, “Red,” as the listener is immediately drawn into a lush melody evocative of the intense color. Brooding and mature, the strings and horns span a full spectrum of emotions. “Red” sets the stage for “All I Wanted,” kicking off the narrative arch of the album with the first of many memorable hooks. “Tidal Wave” is pop at its best with catchy refrains and infectious beats, while “We Own The Beat” transports us to the insides of dance clubs across the globe. “Ghost “ and “Red and Blue” recall the emotive intensity of the opening track, adding to the instrumentation with poignant storytelling. “Call It a Day” showcases Lieb’s soulful talent for keys and brings us full circle to the warmth of harmony and heartbreak on the final track, “Undone.”

Spring-boarding his musical career during his 10 years living in New York City with early musical roots in the East Village, Lieb took the NYC songwriting scene by storm. After his first performance at Sidewalk Café, he was immediately swooped into meetings with producers, label execs and collaborators of the highest caliber. After a year or so exploring the big-labels, Eli put on the brakes and retreated to his hometown of Fairfield, Iowa. It was in this rural refuge where Eli was able to write one of this year’s most exciting club-beat driven albums from his own musical instincts. In addition, Eli Lieb has close to 1,000,000 views on his youtube channel, and has a very active fan-base.

Perhaps one of the keys to understanding Lieb's intuitive sense of melody and insightful candid lyrics has to do with his lifelong practice ofTranscendental Meditation. Raised in an environment in which he practiced daily, he was taught as a child and has been meditating daily since. Eli describes it as a very different upbringing, which he is entirely grateful for: “meditation allows me to go through life with positivity and joy and makes me feel a deep connection to the underlying currents that we are all a part of.” TM is the same meditation that the Maharishi introduced to the Beatles and which the David Lynch Foundation supports with numerous educational outreaches to those groups suffering stress, from at-risk teens, soldiers suffering from PTSD and more.

While the production value on Eli Lieb is of the utmost quality, the honest lyrical content was written the same way any bedroom record is written: straight from the hip, from the depths of the heart; Eli’s tremendous talent, craft, and heart-felt production shines through on every track.