We had the good fortune of connecting with Elthia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elthia, how do you define success?
I think we often define our success by other peoples’ metrics – streams, fans, numbers, followers – but I think it’s most important to define your own success on your terms, by how much the work means to you. In my work, I feel most successful when I really genuinely like the work I produce, whether it’s a song, video, art piece, etc. When I have an idea that I need to learn a new skill for, and end up creating something that I like with it, I feel really proud and excited to share it with people.
The video for my most recent single, “omen”, is the first full music video I’ve ever edited. I learned how to use editing software for the first time so that I could create this creepy, striking, found-footage style. I am completely hands-on in the creation of the visual aesthetic, and I think that when I get that excited, overjoyed feeling from looking back through my own work, it’s most successful.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an indie pop artist & classical guitarist based in LA. My first single, “i love you but you make me cry”, went viral on TikTok and just hit over 1 million streams. I love making wearable art pieces for each of my songs, like the candle wax rings on the cover of “i love you but you make me cry”.
I just released my third single, “omen”. The song is a story about two people following a path in the woods – they start seeing ghosts, realize that the world they’re in is changing into a completely different place and time, and they need to find a way out. The song follows their relationship and need to depend on each other in order to survive; when they’re in danger, they see an omen, not knowing if it’s predicting a good or bad outcome. There are lots of echoing background vocals to depict ghosts in the forest, and guitar harmonics that are very ethereal yet creepy, to show our characters in a place that is really beautiful but dangerous. I wanted to paint the story using images like smoke silhouettes, moonlit paths among evergreens, blood moon skies, deserted homes – and the ambiguity of a sign in your time of need.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite spots in LA include both the Getty & the Getty Villa – both are so beautiful and everyone should see them. I also love bringing dinner to the beach in Santa Monica and sitting by the water at sunset – it’s so gorgeous!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
SAUNDIA is an incredible musician, her mentorship and kindness have meant so much to me as an artist and friend.
All photos by Charlie Sehres