The Elements are a music duo consisting of my sons Joey and Raphael Tingen, who are still only 15 and 12. The boys are mostly inspired by modern pop and hip-hop/R&B. Despite their youth, they’ve already reached a level advanced enough to garner interest and kudos from people working closely with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Future, Gotye, Adele, and more (see below).
Until June 2017 they’ve developed their beat-making skills in private, but their first three singles, “My Dream Was,” “Full Flow,” and “Abandon,” have since been distributed by Tunecore to streaming and digital track sales services around the world, and music videos have been posted on Youtube.
“My Dream Was” features a mesmerising lead sound and melody, which would be right at home in a dream-sequence in an art movie, off-set by deep bass and hard-hitting drums. “Full Flow” blends a fast synth arpeggio with floating and impressionistic piano melodies, with an airy, optimistic video. Both the video and the music of “Abandon” are much darker. The boys have also done a remix of Zedd and Liam Payne’s “Get Low,” with a new drop that’s as catchy as it gets.
Below the three The Elements videos to date, plus their remix of “Get Low.” The boys wrote and played all the music, apart from an acoustic guitar I added to “My Dream Was,” and obviously they used sections from the original of “Get Low.” I produced their singles and mixed all songs. The boys use Mulab as their DAW, and Henry Sarmiento of Sonic Vista Studios was production consultant for “My Dream Was.”
Look out for more releases in 2018 by The Elements on our label In.No.Sense.
By the way, the boys have been mentored by some pretty high-profile guys. Below Joey and Raphael in August 2017, receiving Skype coaching from Josh Gudwin, producer, engineer and mixer of Justin Bieber.
Plus a collage of some pics from further in the past. Top: Raphael and Joey in Sonic Vista Studios in Ibiza in 2015, bottom left, Joey and Manny Marroquin pulling faces while listening to something, and bottom right, Joey and Raphael with Jack Joseph Puig. The bottom two pics were taken at La Fabrique in France in 2013.