Galore Darling: Eriel Indigo On Owning Conscious Pop
We love finding young, fun artists that are heading in the direction of big things- Eriel Indigo is just that artist. Check out the rising star!
Where are you from?
I hail from a small gold rush town in the foothills of Northern California called Nevada City and much of my time was spent in an even smaller nearby town called North San Juan.
Tell us about your musical style:
Well, for lack of a better term I dub my songs conscious pop. I am such a music addict and there are songs I love from every genre, so placing myself under the umbrella of “pop” is convenient because then I feel that I don’t have to be trapped in the confines of one auditory canvas and I am free to create tracks in whatever vein that might tickle my fancy in the moment. My tracks range from massive, dreamy, angelic soundscapes to island-injected, bouncy EDM to rowdy hip hop to introspective electro-pop and heart string pulling electro ballads. I think it’s all pretty cohesive but at the same time it’s rather eclectic.
Is Eriel Indigo an alias?
Eriel Indigo is an alias in that it is not the straw man name on my birth certificate but I certainly identify with it as one of my true names. My given name is Arielle and Eriel is just a simpler, phonetic expression of my real name. Arielle means lion of God and it was important to me that the power of my real name remained in my artist name. Indigo is there because I identify as an indigo child.
Who are your influences?
The ones that come to my mind in this moment are Madonna, Michael Jackson, Patti Smith, Beastie Boys, Blackalicious, my mother, Bjork, Portishead, Lovage, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Danny Elfman, Queen, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The Runaways, Prince, Boy George, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Tool, Eminem, Salt-N-Pepa, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Hieroglyphics crew, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Billie Holiday, Gwen Stefani, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M.I.A., Missy Elliot, Peaches, Rage Against the Machine, Trent Reznor, Tom Waits, Robyn and so many more I’m sure I’m forgetting right now, not to mention all of the creators outside of music that have helped form my artistic expression — visual artists, choreographers, performance artists, photographers, actors, directors, comedians, healers and revolutionaries.
Tell us about your debut video:
INNOCENCE is the first track off my debut album, GALACTIVATE and it’s also the beginning of a multi-part audio/visual experiment that I am embarking on over the next year. I decided to premiere the music of GALACTIVATE in episodic form like a TV series. Each track will have its own visual, and this is the first installment. The video tells a story of several beautiful characters who are pulled from a mundane Earthly experience through different dimensions, parallel realities and levels of vibration.
Are you touring?
Not right now! I cannot wait to start performing again, it’s been a while. A big goal of mine is to create a really dialed, massive stage show and blast millions of people full of light and love to carry out into the world and share with others. As of right now I am so busy with producing the music and the videos that there’s just no time to tour. I’m hyped to get out there and travel the world! Galactivating when the time is right.
What’s coming up next for you?
Well, aside from hustling my bubble butt off for the next year so I can pull off this crazy A$$ project, I’m always writing new music and searching for other artists to collaborate with. Mostly, I’m focused on the creative process, and continuing to explore, produce and evolve. Other than that, I am talking with some peeps about manifesting a new kind of reality TV show that is free of drama and competition, about independent artists and creatives. I want to show the world how truly awesome life has the potential to be and hopefully help people detach from low frequency programming that can be extremely harmful emotionally, spiritually and culturally. I have immense faith in human beings to grow, change and evolve. I believe that our true nature is of light and love.