Elderbrook

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Elderbrook
Birth nameAlexander Kotz
Born28 November 1992
London, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Years active2015–present
Labels

Alexander Kotz, known professionally as Elderbrook, is a British musician, songwriter and producer. His career as a musician began in 2015, when he released his first EP, which contained the song, "How Many Times" which went on to be remixed by German duo Andhim, becoming one of Mixmag's best songs of 2015.[citation needed]

During 2016, he collaborated with a number of artists, including Gorgon City. He also remixed tracks by a number of well-known artists,[peacock term] such as Clean Bandit.

To date, Elderbrook's most notable song is the collaboration with CamelPhat, titled "Cola". The song reach number one on both the Dance Club Songs chart in the United States and Indie Chart in the United Kingdom. It was also nominated for Best Dance song at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Career[edit]

Elderbrook first ventured into music at the age of 16. He began playing as member of an indie band, before at nineteen switching to a singer-songwriter. During an interview with Red Bull, he stated it was a "folky acoustic thing" part of his career. He then attended university, where he says he was first exposed to quality electronic dance music and subsequently began listening to various dance genres.[1]

Before moving into the electronic music genre, he wanted to pursue a more hip-hop and soulful sound with his distinct vocals.[1]

Kotz began to use the moniker Elderbrook after finishing university and debuted with the track and EP of the same name, Could. His debut extended play featured a number of tracks that went on to garner over a million views on SoundCloud and similar platforms.[2] The EP featured three tracks, Could, Rewinding and How Many Times. All three tracks received positive reviews, with the latter becoming Elderbrook's first major hit.

Elderbrook first major inroads into the music industry when he collaborated with the German duo, Andhim. The track was a reworked version of the original How Many Times from Elderbrook's first EP. The track received positive reviews throughout the music industry. It was released in mid-2015, becoming a dance classic and pushing Elderbrook's name out into the wider dance music genre. Mixmag were one of the most complimentary of the collaboration, giving the track 8/10.[3] It also went onto be listed as one of Mixmag's top tracks for 2015.

Following the success of his first EP, he released a second in the same year. Travel Slow contained three tracks, Be There Soon, Good Enough and Travel Slow.[4] While working on his first two EP's he also became heavily involved in remixing. He released a number of well-known remixes of songs which performed well in various billboard charts. One of the most notable during 2015 was Pablo Nouvelle's, Take Me To a Place.[1]

During 2016, Elderbrook toured and supported a number of well-known acts. One of the main acts he worked with during 2016, was Gorgon City. He was a supporting act for their performance at the Brixton Academy and also collaborated on their single, Smile, which was released in October 2016.[5][6] He also played at the Omeara in London to a sold-out crowd in November 2016.[7]

Toward the end of 2016, it was announced that Elderbrook would be the official remixer of the hit track, Rockabye by British band, Clean Bandit.[8]

In 2017, Elderbrook announced his first tour of the UK, where he sold out XOYO and Oval Space in London. Elderbrook shot to commercial fame when he collaborated with CamelPhat. The song they produced was titled Cola, and went onto become one of the biggest selling song globally in 2017. It was co-written by British electronic house duo CamelPhat, with Elderbrook on vocals. The lyrics over the top of an electro house beat, follow a woman's night out, involving mixing various drinks involving Coca-Cola. The song performed well during the summer months as a club anthem in many places throughout Europe and America, before becoming a chart single later in the year.

The song received critical acclaim during November 2017, when it reached number one on the Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart when it entered the charts on 11 November 2017.[9] The song also reached number one on the UK Indie chart during November 2017. It performed well on the UK singles chart, reaching the Top 20, in 18th position. Cola was subsequently nominated for a Best Dance Recording at the 2018 Grammy Awards.[10] [11]

The success of the track meant it was remixed by a number of well-known dance artists, including Robin Schulz.[12] In the United Kingdom, the single went platinum in December 2017, when it sold 200,000 copies.[13]

In February 2018, he announced he would be touring the United States.[14]

Musical style[edit]

He is known for his versatility as a musician, as he is recognised as a multi-instrumentalist. He has taken influences from country and soul to rock and gospel, classically trained in both piano and guitar. His production techniques follow his ambition to "make some I haven't heard before." He has been known to sample unique sounds such as the breaking of reading glasses and crackling ice in a warm coffee. He also stated in an interview that he would "often bang the table I’m sat at, sample it and use that as my drums”

Following the release of his first single on the label Black Butter, Elderbrook's vocals were complimented by Mixmag, describing them as flawless.[3] When speaking about his style of production, Elderbrook stated "phonetics are as important as lyrics. My voice adds another important harmonic element to the sounds." Red Bull stated that his sound and tracks regularly contained "tender vocals and ambient beats."

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Simmer Down (2015)
  • Travel Slow (2015)
  • Old Friend (2018)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[15]
AUS
[16]
BEL
(Fl)

[17]
BEL
(Wa)

[17]
FRA
[18]
GER
[19]
HUN
[20]
IRE
[21]
US
Club

[22]
US
Dance

[22]
"Be There Soon" 2015 - - - - - - - - - - Travel Slow
"How Many Times"
(with Andhim)
- - - - - - - - - - Simmer Down
"Closer" 2016 - - - - - - - - - - Non-album single
"Sorry" - - - - - - - - - -
"First Time" 2017 - - - - - - - - - -
"Difficult to Love" - - - - - - - - - -
"Cola"
(with CamelPhat)
18 32 23 32 40 76 8 12 1 21
"Woman" - - - - - - - - - -
"Good Times" - - - - - - - - - -
"Sleepwalking" 2018 - - - - - - - - - - Old Friend EP
"Capricorn" - - - - - - - - - -
"Old Friend" - - - - - - - - - -
"Hold on You" 2019 - - - - - - - - - - TBA
"Something About You"
(with Rudimental)
- - - - - - - - - - Distinction EP

Remixes[edit]

  • Pablo Nouvelle - "Take Me to a Place" (2015)
  • Chloe Black - "27 Club" (2015)
  • Alex Adair - "Heaven" (2015)
  • Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul — "Rockabye" (Elderbrook Remix) (2016)
  • X AmbassadorsUnsteady (Elderbrook Remix) (2016)
  • Klangkarussell - "Hey Maria" (2016)
  • Big Wild - "Empty Room" (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Todd, Bella (9 September 2015). "5 things you should know about Elderbrook". Red Bull.
  2. ^ "Elderbrook". SoundCloud.
  3. ^ a b "Elderbrook X andhim Review". Mixmag.
  4. ^ "Travel Slow EP". Apple Inc.
  5. ^ ""Smile" ft. Elderbrook". Hilly Dilly.
  6. ^ "Smile (feat. Elderbrook)". BBC.
  7. ^ "Elderbrook 17th November, 2016". Omeara London.
  8. ^ Williams, Phillip (7 December 2016). "Premiere: Hear Elderbrook's Clean Bandit remix". Red Bull.
  9. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs – November 11, 2017". Billboard. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  10. ^ "60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". The Recording Academy. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  11. ^ "CamelPhat & Elderbrook on 'Cola' Success, Unexpected Grammy Nomination" from Billboard (8 December 2017)
  12. ^ Bein, Kat (12 August 2017). "Robin Schulz Gives CamelPhat & Elderbrook's 'Cola' the Extended Club Remix Treatment". Billboard.
  13. ^ "CamelPhat & Elderbrook – Cola". British single certifications.
  14. ^ "Elderbrook 2018". Songkick.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  16. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
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  18. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 46, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "germancharts.com - Discographie Elderbrook". germancharts.de. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  20. ^ lightmedia.hu. "Single (track) Top 40 lista - Hivatalos magyar slágerlisták". zene.slagerlistak.hu. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  21. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Elderbrook". Billboard. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  23. ^ "ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". ultratop.be. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  24. ^ "BPI Awards". BPI. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
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