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"Hello, my name is Eli Raybon, and I’m 18 years old. I started out singing and playing guitar in a middle school rock band, but I didn’t really become serious about music and songwriting until I was 17. Since then, musical avenues have multiplied, and I’ve been able to stay busy writing, recording and performing. I’ve played at many festivals and events as well as opened for a Grammy Award winning artist! I released my first album, ‘The Machine & My Dilemma,’ this March, and I’m already working on new music!"
Featured Song: Strange State of Mind
‘Strange State of Mind’ is song about making a tough decision. In my experience, society can sometimes tell young people what they should want from their lives. We can be pressured to follow a certain path. My new album explores breaking the mold and the ensuing consequences. Sometimes chasing after your dreams can cause separation between you and the people and places you love. ‘Strange State of Mind’ is about dealing with that dilemma.
How would you characterize your musical style?
I like to say that I’m an artist of many flavors. I put my musical influences in a melting pot and cook my own stew. My first album, ‘The Machine & My Dilemma,’ has a very organic sound. Real instruments were played by real people, all the vocal performances were recorded in three takes, and not one synthesizer was used on the entire record. Nothing was quantized; things aren’t over produced. This makes the album feel very human. For my next project, I’m looking to do something completely different and work with a ton of synthesizers and electronic drums.
What is one thing we should know about you - what's your story?
Somewhere along the line in elementary school, I skipped over a grade. So, two days before leaving for college, I decided to take a gap year! I want to become a better musician, record a bunch of my original material, work on some other projects, and do some soul searching. Things have been amazing so far. I’ve had some great opportunities, and I feel I’ve grown and matured in many ways. (Eli lives in Louisiana but is planning a big move to LA.)
What are your music goals?
I’m really into listening to albums from beginning to end, like watching a movie. One day, I want to create a perfectly paced album that is an engaging experience from beginning to end. I want to create something that’s more than the sum of its parts.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
That’s a tough question, and the answer is definitely different for everyone. I think that (almost) all music can be considered good by somebody out there. I guess to me, great music is much more than what it appears on the surface. Good music may be catchy and stick in your head for a few days, but great music is stuff you can come back to months and even years later and get something different out of it. Great music grows up and changes with you.
What do you think are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
Personally, I think a big challenge many young musicians face is discouragement from other young musicians. There are a lot of big egos in music. Some artists are quick to tell you that you don’t have a chance because you “weren’t on this TV show” or you “don’t have this many followers,” etc. You have to ignore stuff like that. Don’t worry about the numbers - just make music that’s meaningful to you. That’s what it’s all about.
How did you learn about Pavoh?
I followed a link to Pavoh from Indie Music Bus’s blogs page. The submission process was very easy, so I decided I would submit!