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Elliot James' career has been a total musical journey. From his early days of making music with the band Hey Monday to now releasing his own new music as Baallet, he's had quite the evolution of sound and personal philosophy – and when he caught up with TWIST recently, he told us all about it.
"Since my departure from Hey Monday, I've been writing full time," he tells us. "I've been doing a lot of stuff for younger, breaking, pop girls, and now this is my first stab at going out again and doing my own music, in my own direction. I wouldn't necessarily call it a solo project, since there was a ton of collaboration that's gone into it, in terms of the producers I'm working with, and the recording, but it is very much my own project that I'm the face of, and that's a first for me."
We had to ask Elliot to share the advice he'd tell the younger version of himself, now that he is where he is today.
"Honestly, I feel like it's my teenage self that could give me advice now," he laughs. "I would probably say, without sounding cliché, to just do what you want. Don't do anything that you don't want to do. I've never been happy doing something that other people wanted me to do. I made a decision last year to only do what I wanted to do, and I've been much happier in all walks and area of my life."
"I feel like when you're younger, it's super easy to succumb to peer pressure, or just in general feel like you always have to go with the flow," he continues. "You totally don't, you don't need to go with the flow at all. You've got to do what's inherent and primal to you. I think the more you trust your gut and not question yourself, and just say, 'I don't know why I want to do this, but for whatever reason I do, and I'm going to,' I think that is more and more the trend we need to see in our leaders. When I was younger, I wish someone had been there to instill that in me just a little bit more, especially since, coming from myself, I wouldn't really believe it."
Alternatively, "I think my teenage self would have told me now that he was going to make sure I got to where I am now, and that would have kept me motivated to get to where I am now," Elliot shares. That's pretty awesome!
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