The Elements are a music duo consisting of my sons Joey and Raphael Tingen, who are still only 16 and 13. The boys are mostly inspired by modern pop, EDM, 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, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Gotye, Adele, Rihanna, Coldplay, and many, many more (see below).
Until June 2017 they developed their beat-making skills in private, but in that month they released their first single. “My Dream Was.” To date they have released five singles on our label In.No.Sense, all with videos. The music videos are below, in reverse order, with the most recent release at the top. All tracks have also been distributed by Tunecore to all major streaming and digital track sales services around the world.
“Dark Side Of The Sun” is trap-influenced EDM with heavy 808’s, and the video was shot close to our home in Scotland. The panoramic “Camel Rider” is a heavy grooving EDM track with acoustic guitar and a whiff of KSHMR, and it has a great sand art video made by Badal Barai. The music for “Crunch Time” is in a more traditional EDM style, and is accompanied by an animated video made by me. “Full Flow” blends a fast synth arpeggio with floating and impressionistic piano melodies, with an airy, optimistic video. The guys debut, “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.
All music was written, arranged, and played by Joey and Raphael, apart from an acoustic guitar I added to “My Dream Was.” I produced all their singles and mixed “My Dream Was” and “Full Flow.” The boys use Mulab and Studio One as their DAWs, and Henry Sarmiento of Sonic Vista Studios was production consultant for “My Dream Was.”
Look out for more releases in 2019 by The Elements on our label In.No.Sense.
As mentioned above, Joey and Raphael have been mentored and advised by some pretty high-profile guys, who work with the likes of Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, Zedd, and many more. Here’s Raphael at Tileyard Studios in London, in January 2018, with top producer Paul Whalley, who worked with Ellie Goulding, Little Mix, amongst many others.
Here are Joey and Raphael in June 2018, talking to EDM star Niles Hollowell-Dhar, aka KSHMR.
And here, in August 2017, they are 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. On the left Raphael sits in the studio, and on the right both boys, aged 13 and 9 at the time, receive instructions from studio owner Henry Sarmiento (Lady Gaga, David Guetta). Bottom: on the left Joey and top pop mixer Manny Marroquin (Post Malone, Rihanna) are pulling faces while listening to something, and on the right Joey and Raphael with legendary mixer Jack Joseph Puig (Black Eyed Peas, U2). The bottom two pics were taken at La Fabrique in France in 2013, when they were still only 11 and 7.