The superstar Producers that I looked up to as a kid didn’t have anything crazy special going on other than the fact that they devoted themselves completely to their craft for as long as possible. Plus a boat-load of tenacity and talent.
As a part of our interview series with leaders, stars, and rising stars in the music industry, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Elad Marish of Beatific.
Beatific is a musical project from the heart and brain of award-winning composer, producer, and sound designer Elad Marish.
A California-drenched exploration into how we find our own Beatific moments in a complicated world, the project embodies grooves and modern rhythms rooted in indie rock, pop, and electro, and informed by melodic sensibilities and psychedelia.
With three EPs (Sunshine, Moonshine, and Analog Digital) and full length LP What It’s Like To Be Human to be released in April 2023. Beatific is poised for full blown mayhem.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit about your “origin story”. Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
I grew up part time in Israel and in various states in the Midwest United States and California. We moved around a lot and so the concept of being different was embedded into my psyche early on. A sustaining element through all the motion was music.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was about five I saw the rock band Kiss on the show 321 contact wearing platform boots, black leather, and exploding pyrotechnics behind them. I was pretty much sold from that point on. The cannons in AC/DC “for those about to rock we salute you” were also a defining moment. Something about fireworks and music together felt synergistic, haha
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
Filming the music videos has an interesting component to it every time. When we were shooting strange visions, a woman walked up to us and told us we really should be filming the video on a boat with ornate costumes and hats. During the shoot for whatever I’m not, someone hit my car at an intersection while it was filled with ornate glassware from a chemistry lab. During the video for perpetual glory, I spent about four hours on a motorcycle weaving in and out of traffic on Highway one, completely exhausted, wishing I could just get in the water and surf that perfect glassy day instead of being on the hot bike. During smile dangerous, we took over a laundromat and had a full cast and crew of the most lovely people from Burned Negative that worked all night. Absolutely amazing!
It has been said that sometimes our mistakes can be our greatest teachers. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
When we were in high school during, our first band, we told each other that soon we would be off to college so we had to get signed while we were in high school or else it would be too late!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I need to call out my friend and first manager Michael Frick. He agreed the quarterback the first EP and gave it everything he had to bring us to where we are now. He was endlessly patient and giving with his time and resources and I wouldn’t be here without him.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“It is all about process and the journey, not the destination.” It helped me realize that working on the art is the important part, and not how people react to it or the recognition we receive from it. There is no “there there”, there is only process and everybody is going to have an opinion. Being engaged in the creative flow brings us in touch with the collective unconscious and the notion of some sort of God or greater force.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
We are working on new songs for the next record. I love fleshing out the tunes and making them as great as possible.
We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in music, film, and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
The theme of the struggle comes up for me constantly. But for a simple twist of fate I would not be here. Disenfranchised and underrepresented groups need to have their voice heard because they have the strongest message and story to be told.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.
Five things I wish someone told me when I first started are… one — I risk of repeating myself a bit, it truly is about the process of creating the art and not how the world will react to it. The highest I get is creating and playing music, not wondering how somebody responded to it.
two — that if I kept playing piano when I was a kid, I’d be able to play like Depeche Mode instead of Mozart :)
three — the best artists are free in their hearts and souls. That’s why we have to work on loving ourselves, and being free in our hearts.
four — keep being tenacious. Is only through persistent tenacity that anything gets done in this world.
five — the superstar Producers that I looked up to as a kid didn’t have anything crazy special going on other than the fact that they devoted themselves completely to their craft for as long as possible. Plus a boat-load of tenacity and talent.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Do one thing every day for your heart, one thing for your soul, and one thing for your body. If you don’t know what those things are, figure them out ASAP! :)
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
For me personally, I would inspire movement to have people journal about and analyze their nighttime dreams. There would be an integration step where they would incorporate the action steps from their dreams into their waking lives. Then we could be a society that makes decisions from our nighttime as well as our daytime activities :) we will achieve the so-called marriage of the sun and moon and be in touch with our personal and collective unconscious is as well as conscious selves. I think we have forgotten how to exercise this part of our brains, to our detriment.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)
I’d like to have lunch with the guys from Justice (Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay). I think we could make some beautiful music together.
How can our readers follow you online?
This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!