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ELI RAYBON performs the song "UNSYMMETRICAL" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY YAEL KEMPE
19 year-old Eli Raybon grew up in southern towns of Mississippi, Louisiana, and North Carolina, where he felt the unrelenting weight of social conformity. While all his friends accepted the cycle of college, job, spouse and kids, Eli traced his love for bands like The Smiths and The Flaming Lips to a wellspring of musical inspiration.
By 16 he was seriously writing songs, and by 17 he had delved deeply into music production and recording. A year later, Eli had more than 100 live gigs under his belt, including opening for a Grammy winning artist. He soon released his first album, The Machine & My Dilemma, which dealt directly with his urge to break free from the domestic pressure of Small Town USA.
In September 2016, Eli drove alone across the country to LA and began a habit of staying up late while recording and experimenting with his gear. Between all-night recording sessions, noise complaints, and threats of eviction, the first single to emerge, “Unsymmetrical”, was an extreme stylistic departure from his previous work. A direct result of his compulsive music-making agenda, the raucous track features fuzzed out riffs and vocals with post-punk and new-wave undertones.
“Unsymmetrical” premiered on Buzzbands.la in January 2017, and its punchy sound made it a favorite among music bloggers. Eli plans to release an EP entitled Green in May 2017. It’s a color the songwriter associates with “feeling particularly creative or crafty” but also serves as a self-deprecating tag on his fresh-faced experience, coming to LA and being ‘green’ to the music industry.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Diego Ferrés
Recorded by: Mateo Barragan
Mixed by: Mateo Baragan
PA: Yael Kempe
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