Elephante Plunges Into Superhuman Territory For Chilling New Video

For 'High Water,' the Los Angeles-based musician wanted to take viewers on a 'wild adventure' that was inspired in part by personal struggle.

5/7/2021 3:41:00 AM

For 'High Water,' the Los Angeles-based musician wanted to take viewers on a 'wild adventure' that was inspired in part by personal struggle.

For 'High Water,' the Los Angeles-based musician wanted to take viewers on a 'wild adventure' that was inspired in part by personal struggle.

, his latest work finds him exploring alternative rock and “the organic feel of Damien Rice.”Lyrically, he’s delving into more vulnerable territory, too. “High Water,” for instance, was inspired in part by his early struggles with opioid addiction. It was only after he started therapy in the early days of the

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COVID-19lockdown that he began to process that experience.“I had some rough times in quarantine, as we all did,” Elephante recalled. “I realized that the excitement of being an artist and touring and doing all this cool shit was glossing over a lot of cracks in the foundation.” Therapy, he added, “helped to clarify what’s important to me creatively. I’ve always injected my own voice into my music, but I was filtering it. I was telling stories I thought other people wanted to hear and would want to rage to at a show.”

Matt Cowan via Getty Images“I think there’s a lot about my experience [that’s typical of] the Asian American experience,” said Elephante, shown onstage in 2017. “So I’ve been trying to lean into that and tell my story.” Moving forward, Elephante is especially eager to reflect his Asian identity in his work ― a subject he’d previously avoided. His parents emigrated from Taiwan to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and encouraged their son to pursue a career in medicine even after he’d demonstrated a penchant for music. headtopics.com

“Growing up, I’d never seen an Asian American doing what I wanted to do,” he said. “All we had wasJackie Chan, and I didn’t do kung fu and I wasn’t funny. I always felt like an imposter. It wasn’t until I was 22 or 23 when I was finally like, no, this is what you’re meant to do.”

These days, Elephante finds himself “so moved” by the scope of Asian storytelling in music and film, as exemplified by the Oscar-nominated smash “Minari.”“When I was younger, there was always that voice that was like, ‘No one really cares, so stay in your place and be a good boy,’” he said. “I think there’s a lot about my experience [that’s typical of] the Asian American experience. So I’ve been trying to lean into that and tell my story.”

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