Emerging Irish electro/pop duo Elephant in The Room have released their new single, Hollywood Hills. We asked them the BIG questions . . .

Hollywood Hills is a personal account of how Elephant in the Room, Irishmen Keenan Copas and Marty Mullally, struggled with expectation versus reality, moving from Ireland to New York.

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Elephant in the Room has worked with a number of artists as ghost writers and producers, most notably Josh Gray, co-writing and producing his track Come Home.

Tell us three things about yourself?

We are both very driven people and have never been the type to let any kind of restrictions or struggles define or limit us in who we are, what we can do and achieve.

We are both fans of traveling and visited many countries, from European countries to South East Asian countries. Fun fact: Keenan has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Fun Fact 2: Marty was too lazy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Keenan is from Dundalk, Marty is from Wexford and both studied song-writing in BIMM Dublin where we became friends and began writing together. We currently write and produce in New York.

How would you describe your music?

We like to think of our music as pop with injections of soul, R&B, and electronic elements. Keenan is a huge fan of electronic production but takes influence across all genres and draws inspiration from artists such as James Vincent McMorrow and many more. Marty dabbles in EDM but mainly pulls vocal and writing inspiration from soul, R&B, and pop. So, our music is a combination of all the above. We like to blend organic and electronic elements as we feel both do a great service in evoking emotion if used in the right way. An example of this sound in action is our latest single, Hollywood Hills, where the verses are atmospheric with a more ethereal and heartfelt vocal approach. This contrasts to the chorus, which is more up-beat and driving, allowing Keenan's "voice" to shine through, demonstrating his production skills.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Keenan takes a lot of inspiration from electronic artists such as, BAYNK, KYGO, Disclosure and more but also appreciates artists of other genres, such as James Vincent McMorrow, Ryan Adams and James Blake, which is part of where the idea of blending electronic and organic sounds comes from.

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Marty is inspired by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Michael Jackson. More modern-day influences in similar genres include Ne-Yo, Allen Stone and Yebba. This is largely where his vocal approach derives from. We both crossover in our inspirations with artists such as, Kanye West, Kevin Garrett, FINNEAS and Bon Iver.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

Marty: The first gig I was at was Ed Sheeran in the 3Arena. It was insane at that time to see a man do so much with a loop pedal and entertain so many people own his own! The first record I ever bought was Green Day’s Bullet in a Bible. My music taste was a 'little’ different back then. Green Day did spark my love for guitar playing though.

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Keenan: The first gig I went to was a Tenacious D concert when I was 10. I remember not understanding why there was giant colourful mushrooms dancing all around the stage, but it definitely makes sense now, gotta love Jack Black! The first record I ever bought with my own money is a record which still means a lot to me today. It was These Streets by Paolo Nutini and it was this album that inspired me to start writing songs for myself.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Marty: The 90s - FINNEAS. This song has a beautiful way to describe life before technology completely took over. The melodies are insanely good as well as the production - as is to be expected of FINNEAS!

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Keenan: My favourite song at the moment is by an electronic artist from New Zealand called BAYNK. The track is called Esther. I find it so interesting because BAYNK finds such a nice blend of electronic elements but somehow makes them sound and feel emotional.

What’s your favourite lyric of all time?

Marty: My favourite lyric of all time is "He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother" by The Hollies (though my favourite version is sang by Donny Hathaway). This lyric encapsulates so much in six words and that feeling of being willing to do anything for someone you care about, regardless of how tough it is, really resonates with me.

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Keenan: My top lyric of all time has to be from Ryan Adam’s My Wrecking Ball. It opens with this verse - "Driving through the streets tonight, It's hot, I got the windows down, I wish I could call you, I wish you were still around, Nothing much left in the tank, Somehow this thing still drives, It forgot what it needed, but somehow still survives"

I think using the cars empty tank as a metaphor for him having nothing left to give but he keeps moving on with his life is beautiful!

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

Marty: A Song For You - Donny Hathaway. This song just takes me somewhere else. So honest and the vocal is so emotive and honest. That along with the instrumental arrangement gets me. You hear something new every time you listen to it!

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Keenan: If I could only listen to one song it’s got to be from the best, Mr. Frank Sinatra. The song would be My Way. I don’t think it needs too much explaining. Just a not so gentle reminder to live your life the way you see fit.

Where can people find your music/more information?

You can find our music on all major streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. Just search Elephant in the Room along with one of our song names. We’re also on Instagram (@itselephantintheroom), Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (@its_eitr).