We’ve asked bands/artists to share with us their highs and lows of 2016 and what they hope the New Year will bring to them. Here’s the year in review with Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone.
On a scale of 1-10, how was 2016 been for you?
Musically: 8. World perspective: 2
Have you learned any life lessons this year?
Every day is a life lesson. As I get older I’ve learned that people are a reflection of who you are. If you respect others, they will do the same with you. It’s a pretty basic/clichéd lesson… but it’s one that many of us see to forget.
What was the highlight of 2016 for you?
Releasing our new album, Ship of Fools, on my own label Elephants On Parade and Burger Records. It’s good to take control of your art and be giving it the support it needs.
Any low points for you?
Where to begin? The passing of so many great artists… America choosing a buffoon as their leader… England choosing buffoons to guide their future…however, there’s always hope in that these events are beginning to stir revolution in the hearts of the young.
What was the most overhyped thing of 2016?
America. Seriously, let’s all get over it.
Worst of 2016?
The spread of anti-intellectualism.
Best of 2016?
The hope of revolution presented by Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter, and Killer Mike.
Best albums of the 2016?
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound. Seriously, I love this album so much… it touches a nerve with me.
Worst albums of the 2016?
If you have nothing nice to say…
Any new year’s resolution for 2017?
To not give into the fear and dread presented by the media and politicians.
Ship of Fools is out now via Elephants On Parade and Burger Records.