Elephante Releases “High Water”

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Elephante Releases “High Water” and it has an important message you should pay attention to. A wildly innovative producer, artist, and songwriter fusing melodic electronic dance music with pop, blues, rock, and other genres, Elephante (Asian-American musical artist Tim Wu) has garnered hundreds of millions of streams across his two indie EPs: I Am The Elephante (2016), a nine-track exploration of progressive house, synthpop and trap; and Glass Mansion (2018), which shot to #1 on iTunes’ U.S. Dance chart.

Elephante Heavy Glow

His upcoming project, Heavy Glow, represents his first full-length studio album, a largely solo effort further pushing the boundaries of dance music, featuring the debut single, the high-energy “Dopamine.” Elephante has headlined two sold-out national tours, played nightlife residencies including those at Hard Rock and Wynn Las Vegas, and appeared at such major music festivals as Lollapalooza, EDC Las Vegas, Hangout, ULTRA, and Electric Zoo.

Interview with Elephante in his Releases “High Water”

“High  Water” Is about your struggle with Opioids. What message do you wish to convey about addiction and how to overcome them through this song?

I just wanted to tell my experience. Writing about the darkest times in my life is like therapy and helps me process them. I think the hardest part of any mental struggle is feeling like you’re alone, so I just wanted to bring mine into the light. I hope that it’ll remind people going through similar struggles that they don’t have to be ashamed of what they’re going through.


What are the most important words in the song? Why? 

“I don’t mean to bore you / but I’m twisted on this hotel floor”

I remember how embarrassed and disgusted I was with myself and the deep shame of not wanting to reach out for help. Then, I think that crystallizes the soul of the song; you’re going through hell but you’re trying to pretend like everything is okay.

How do you want your fans to think or feel when hearing “High Water?”

That’s really up to them – once a song is out, it’s not mine anymore, it’s the listeners. If it makes you happy and gets you to want to dance, then great; if it makes you want to cry then that’s ok, too.

Tell me about the incredible music video, the direction of how it was shot, and what the audience gets a feel of?

Like a lot of people, I went through some pretty tough emotional struggles in the pandemic, and the music video is really reflective of that. Depression can feel like being underwater – you have this incredible weight on you, but you still try to pretend like everything is okay. You want to cry out for help, but you don’t really want to bother the people around you.

I was very set on the concept of being underwater. Truly, I wanted it to be real, no matter the challenges; I was ready for it. It was a very exhausting shoot of 12 hours straight in the water- dizzy, violently shivering, and a case of pink eye to top it off. Then we added the floating scene to represent the “High Water” mark. This is what I was trying to reach when I was underwater. I loved the stark contrast between the high and low, light and dark. I was so happy that it came through all put together. 

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