Elijah Pierre is a 20-year-old artist from Brooklyn, New York. His ever-so-smooth R&B-Soul, Neo Soul, and Jazz-like vibes set him apart from others. Music has always been a part of Elijah Pierre's life, as he was born into a family of musicians and creatives. Elijah Pierre's inspiration came from artists such as Erykah Badu, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Miguel, Masego, Ari Lennox, and many more.
Utilizing his ever-growing sound, Elijah Pierre released his aura-morphing single, "Sweet Mistake," on November 1st. An unadulterated cry of lust, "Sweet Mistake," embodies Elijah Pierre's emotional hunger for his love interest. Speaking about past endeavors between the two, he professes his knowledge that this may all be for not, but he still can't get her off of his mind and stay away. "Sweet Mistake" is an incredibly relatable song that engages the listener's heart and animalistic hunger.
The slow tempo and jazzy nature of "Sweet Mistake" entice you to close your eyes and fully delve into its dreamy atmosphere. Elijah Pierre's sensual vocals transcend the song into an instant hit. His masterful songwriting immerses you fully in his world. He has you following his every word, as a shepherd would. With its gentle vibe and Elijah Pierre's melodic chants, "Sweet Mistake" takes the cake as an easy listening experience that will make the perfect addition to your laidback playlist.
Given his relatively young age, Elijah Pierre's originality is quite inspiring. With time on his side and a drive that has carried him to new heights with every release, Elijah Pierre's potential seems to be limitless. We are very excited to see where his aspirations will take him.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Elijah Pierre, and congrats on the release of "Sweet Mistake." What can you tell us about your inspiration behind the creation of the song?
Like many of my songs (released or unreleased), my inspiration is drawn from the music that plays in my head all day long. Once a bass line or piano/guitar chord progression or tune conjures itself into my head, I hear it clearly, almost as if I already made it. But I will say that I do love a good bassline and piano/guitar chord progression in any R&B song, so what helps my inspiration is listening to songs that I know have a similar vibe to the song I wish to create. So as I go the whole day with the same tune playing in my head, I go and make the music for it.
For this song, in particular, "Sweet Mistake," I started with the baseline as the structure for the song and for the other instruments that will follow. When I came up with the baseline and overall music for the song, I was in the city with some friends enjoying Manhattan after dark, and as we walked around, high af (because of the weed, some goods***) I saw other couples walking around, and I thought to myself "In All these relationships, most of them probably based solely on sex, the other person is only there for the night, and "not to stay." So this is how I came up with the title because the actions leading up to and during sex are so Sweet. Still, then you realize it was also a Mistake because you are not here to stay and the other person has yet to discover, or maybe they have realized, and this is a Sweet Mistake for them as well.
What was it like growing up in a household filled with creatives and musicians? Was there any pressure felt on your end to follow the arts?
I wouldn't say there was any pressure on my end to follow in the arts. I grew up in church (I don't go anymore), where my sister played the piano, my brother played the bass, my cousin played the drums, and I had a family friend who played the guitar. I was in love with the piano, and it was the first instrument I learned to play. I was taught by my sister, who is hands down the best musician that I know. And I know many, but none can compare to the brilliance that is my sister.
From learning how to play the piano, I learned how to play other instruments because I loved music that much, and my goal from when I was 13 years old was to be a well-known musician who could do it all. Play instruments, compose music and sing. If there were any pressure at all, it would be the pressure that I put on myself to be one of the best in this music industry and never stop going no matter how hard it gets. But I love music and making it, so there isn't any pressure in following the arts because when you love it, the pressure becomes synonymous with motivation...in some cases.
How important is it for you to be emotionally vulnerable in the music that you craft?
I need to be emotionally vulnerable in my music because music is the only natural way I can convey my feelings so that others can feel them. People can tell when you have put your soul into your craft. They can tell when you have placed your all into a project. So when I make my music, I search deep within myself for the vibe I'm creating and how I feel in that moment of the song. If I'm feeling romantic and love-struck, that will show in my music. If my music feels like I need to reconcile with something, I will search for that reconciliation. If I feel like the song gives off a middle-of-the-night, sexy time vibe, then that's what I will convey.
All in all, how I feel while making a song is how the listener will hear it and feel it. I remember sending an unreleased song to one of my friends who were about getting back to yourself and the essence of you, she told me that she was having a bit of a rough time and that my song brought her to a place of comfort and reassurance in herself, which is what I wanted to convey in the music. The song is called "Blue," which might be on my next EP/Album...hopefully.
What impact has music had on your personal and emotional growth?
I would say that music has always helped me when it comes to looking into oneself and seeing where you can grow and add more to yourself. I feel as though I have become more in tune with my emotions because recently, I realized I was feeling down about a situation. The music I was making related heavily to the situation. So music, both making and listening to it, has helped me listen to my inner feelings more and see clearly how other people are feeling.
What's next for you, Elijah?
Well, it has been about eight months on a hiatus since my previous release, "Messy Studios," and I have been creating music nonstop. I have about two albums worth of songs that I have created. My time will be spent reworking these songs, making new ones, and releasing new and better music. So my new song, "Sweet Mistake," was a song that I felt should mark the end of my hiatus and start the new era of Elijah Pierre. Because I can tell you now that the songs I am currently creating sound nothing like the songs from "Messy Studios."