My communication with Summer Heart started in November of 2017 when I reached out via Twitter DM:
“I Wanna Go” by Summer Heart takes me back to my freshman year of college when I first started discovering electronic music that resonated with me. His music among other artists in the genre like Flume, Disclosure, Petit Biscuit, Purity Ring, etc. inspired a new chapter in my production and taste in music. I saw these artists not as peers but as professionals that I wanted to someday have the opportunity to sit next to. That was the goal.
After a few weeks of talking back and forth with David (Summer Heart) we both agreed that we wanted to work together but preferred to do so in person. Without hesitation I invited him to come stay with us in Chicago for a week so we could do just that. Inviting someone I’ve never met or even talked to over the phone to live with us for a week was definitely a risk but a risk I was willing to take. Even though we had just started talking, I felt like I already knew him through his music. I had a relationship with him that surpassed his physical being. It was spiritual connection that I trusted.
March 19th, David flew in from Austin, Texas after performing at SXSW. Picking him up from the Belmont blue line station felt surreal. After dropping off his bags at the apartment we went on a little walk in the neighborhood which was a cold shock to his system. We quickly found a local bar, sat down, and ordered a couple PBRs that to our surprise were tinted green from St. Patricks day. Maybe it was a psychological effect of drinking green beer but it was definitely not the best PBR we’d ever had.
No matter, we started discussing our experience working with artists and our process when we’re making music. He told me how he’s been put in sessions with artists because he was the “cute Swedish guy” that had weird ideas. I thought that was amazing. Obviously we both had an appreciation for collaborating in person. Neither of us knew how the week was going to go but we committed to working and living together which already speaks numbers.
Not only did we start some great ideas, we spent an amazing time just talking. It was my first introduction working with an artist like David. There was something that felt familiar about him that I later realized was a cultural similarity that I hadn’t ever experienced. Growing up spending my summers in Paris exposed me to the French culture that I really hadn’t been able to fully understand being so young. It wasn’t until this past month in Paris that I realized that there’s a great appreciation for making time for conversation and time away from work. This was also the first time I was working with an artist as "Elias Abid the artist" and not the producer. Once again, Summer Heart opened up a new chapter in my life that I’ll always remember.