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Get to Know Elianne Nascimento!

Where are you located now and where are you originally from?

I am from Brazil! Although I have spent the majority of my life in Chicago. I still live in Chicago. Who has been your greatest influence?

Growing up I was obsessed with Beyonce. I have always been fascinated by her charisma and her "I don't take s*** from no one" attitude. It's something I've always struggled with as a young Latina navigating her life in the United States. I have certainly come into my own with that ideology. I've also been more recently obsessed with Tori Kelly over the past few years. I love her poise, her humility, and her class. I treasure these aspects about both these women very much. What is your latest and greatest? I’d say my latest work would be with ‘ESSO’. Particularly a song called “Mueve La Cadera” of the latest album that I mentioned dropped this year. It’s my favorite record on the album. My greatest work would have to be my live performances. I’m really proud of my production quality. Particularly a performance I did at House of Blues with Biz Markie (rest in peace) in May of 2018. Such a cool and kind dude. That was one of the most surreal shows of my life. Are you performing LIVE soon?

As a matter of fact I am! I'll be performing with my band, Run Forrest Run, at the St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest in Chicago on Sept. 25 at 6:00 P.M. I'm really stoked for it. I love playing this fest every year. What are you most looking forward to in 2022? Honestly, performing more. It's really something I treasure. I would also like to put out another album. I dropped one last year in June 2020 called "Zinko" and that was absolutely thrilling. It was such a privilege to be able to pull that off in the midst of a pandemic. I'm very proud of it and my collaborators in 'And The Animal'. They wanted to put out something out of the ordinary and I am grateful they trusted me with that project. Another album I co-produced called "Xicago" came out this year - less than a month ago now. This was in collaboration with 'ESSO: Afrojam Funkbeat'. I got the vinyl in my hands not too long ago and I couldn't get over seeing my face and name on something so spectacular. This is the first album I've produced that has dropped and that is also a major accomplishment for me. I want to do more of both of those things again, for sure. How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?

Honestly, initially, I didn't handle it well. I cried. A LOT. I've been dealing with a lot of personal medical struggles, and performing and staying busy were my "way out" in a manner of speaking. I had to really learn to sit with myself and accept myself without the busy tour schedule and studio time and all of that. I turned to making YouTube covers, so I could practice my studio production skills which lended itself to the aforementioned album that dropped this year with 'ESSO'. It also forced me to be open to new opportunities, like working with 'And The Animal' and dropping a pretty successful album. I've been practicing guitar more, and I think I'm finally starting to find the courage to go out and do more music on my own, as an individual. I feel like these last 2 years, as hard and horrible as they were, have really forced me to make some necessary changes both musically and personally. For that I am extremely grateful. I'm also very proud of myself for being open to all those necessary changes and the opportunities that came my way because of it. What would you say to your younger self if you could?

Just relax. You're enough. On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you? Sometimes, a ten. Somedays, a one. It really changes week by week, truthfully. I'm always committed to doing my job, and showing up for my bandmates, that's always a 10, and they know that about me. I don't always show up for myself, though. That's something I am constantly working on. When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?

I just give myself that room to breathe. I used to beat myself up a lot because I would feel unmotivated or "uninspired", but as someone who has many (and I mean many) personal sturggles happening all at once at the moment, I try to cut myself a break more often. I am doing the best I can, and that has to be enough. When I want to get back up, I will. I always do. I don't give myself a choice not to. I do, however, give myself a choice to recompose and then come back to myself. How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success? In my case, I'd say a lot. When I joined Run Forrest Run back in May 2017, I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship, I was laid off from a teaching job, and I dropped out of law school. I was absolutely hopeless. All that time, though, I was making YouTube covers to try and distract myself. My (now ex, but very beloved) guitar player, Louie, reached out to me about an opportunity to tour in a band that did about 100 shows a year and I jumped on the opportunity to participate. Four years later I am now co-owner and frontman for this band that I randomly joined when I was at my lowest point in my life. I'd say luck had a lot to do with that. How can we stay up to date with you?

I usually post what I'm up to on my Instagram more than anywhere else. My handle is @elianne_nascim

Links to any social /music account you want to share?

I'm all over social media! This is a LinkTree link with any and all ways to look me up. - it's super handy :)

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