We had the good fortune of connecting with Elia Berthoud and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elia, is there something you believe many others might not?
Often I got the advice: “If you want to work in music pick one job and stick with only that one. You can’t be professional if you try to do everything.” – I always tried to produce, write and sing my own songs and direct, shoot and edit my own music videos. This may sound like I’m obsessed with doing everything on my own, but in reality, I simply didn’t know who could help me with any of that.
Even though I developed my skills slowly, eventually it payed off, because when I finally started to get chances to collaborate with established artists, they often appreciate that I have some technical knowledge and experience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since I was a child I always wanted to become a musician, but how do you become a professional musician? That was the question I asked myself all my life, and the best strategy I could come up with was to 1) never tell anyone about my dream, cause when I tried too tell people in the very beginning they only tried to talk me out of it, and 2) surround yourself with artists of all kinds and learn with them and from them. The biggest art about being an artist for me is to create amazing things with zero budget – if you never went through a time where you had no budget on your side you’ll probably never be great.
I started with modeling, then i learned how to take photos, then I learned how to make my own songs, then I started working with other people on my songs and then I started making my own videos. It was all a process, and I had to learn a lot and will have to learn a lot, but now that I have worked with several grammy winners and award winning videographers I’m slowly feeling like I’m on the right path. Just 3 years ago I started writing my first songs thanks to some great advice I got from the singer Ron Pope: “just write a thousand bad songs and some of them will be good”. While I have released 5 singles with my current management team, Joey Harris Inc, only one of them was self produced, but when I wasn’t working on recoding or shooting videos I tried to produce a demo every day and my next few singles will come from them.
What probably sets me apart from other musicians is probably, that I never want to be like anybody else and I’m trying to be as far as possible from any references and influences. Sometimes people love the outcome and sometimes they don’t, but I guess I just rather take that risk than using cheap tricks and safe bets. At the same time I don’t try to be any kind of different either. I just want to be. In my creative process I like honesty, simplicity and experimenting with randomness.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So, the thing is, I always make everything about people. I feel like I could go anywhere with my friends and it would be perfect. There is something about the unexpected that I really enjoy. If I would take a week long trip it would probably be a road trip out in the nature. I’d make sure we have either a convertible or any other nice car (quality over luxury – always) and we wouldn’t plan anything, just take off. We’d check for hotels on the way or when we get tired and during the day we’d just see what the world has in store for us.
If we would stay in the city though, I’d just tell all my other friends, that they have to meet my friend who’s visiting and tell them to hit me up whenever they’d wanna join us wherever we’d be at any given time.
Also side note: I am Swiss, so if we plan things everybody shows up on the button, so I’m not good in waiting for anybody, and that’s why after I moved out of Switzerland I just gave up on plans all together. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out my manager Joey Harris who always supported me, believed in me and has connected me to the best people including especially grammy-nominated producer Drew Scott and multi-platinum-award-winning singer VASSY who both made my most recent single “Without You” (with VASSY) possible!
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