East of Eli (a.k.a. Nathan West) is sharing his new single, ‘Child’s Play,’ EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife.com. The single features Nathan’s wife, Chyler Leigh, and you’re going to want to add this song to your playlist ASAP. Plus, check out our interview with Nathan and Chyler!
“Child’s Play” is the latest song from East of Eli. The single off of East of Eli’s upcoming release, Lost Transmission. “Child’s Play” is about falling in love for the first time and features Nathan West’s wife, actress Chyler Leigh, 35,on backing vocals. This coming-of-age song is so much fun — Nathan, 38, raps! — and such a cool experience from start to finish. HollywoodLife.com talked EXCLUSIVELY with Nathan and Chyler about the song, the inspiration behind it, and more!
In the stages of working on your album, when did you decide you wanted to write this song for your son, Noah?
Nathan: My son is at that age where he’s starting to look at girls a little differently and stuff. I don’t want to embarrass him or something, but the thing is, you know, you start to have a lot of questions. I thought a great way of approaching that instead of sitting there and having that “talk” was writing a song about it. It’s like why not write a song about my first experience? To just kind of show him what he’s going to come into. This is the world you’re about to walk into. It’s going to be chaotic, it’s going to feel like a roller coaster, it’s going to be wild, it’s going to be confusing, but it’s also a defining moment in your life. “Child’s Play” is playful, and it kind of really does feel like that racing heartbeat. For me, to be able to share that with him, to be able to relate to him, is really important. That way, he always knows he can come to me if he needs me to talk about things. This is to kind of have fun with it and not take things too seriously.
When did you decide you wanted to put Chyler on the song?
Nathan: That really started after we had finished production. We were working on some of the kinks towards the bridge. That was the hardest part of the song to figure out. This whole rap thing comes out of left field, but it just felt appropriate for the song. But there was just some space in the transition, something was off. As I was listening, we’d add a couple of bars and it was like, “OK, we need to set it up because it does come out of left field.” But at the same time, it then felt like there was too much space. Finally, I realized the song needed something, it needed a girl’s voice. All of a sudden I’m like, Chyler’s perfect for this. At first, she was really intimidated by the whole thing. She was like, “I can’t do that.” I’m like, “Come on, just give me that sexy voice. I need a sexy voice here.” She’s like, “I can’t!” I said, “Just have fun with it. You do this every day. You act so just act!” Finally, she did it, and she did like one take. It was great, I sent it over to the producers because I recorded it actually at my house. We were just sitting downstairs and record it there. I sent it over and they were like this is genius.
How does “Child’s Play” compare to the other songs you’ve released and are working on?
Nathan: I believe that music is medicine for the soul, but that doesn’t mean it has to be completely serious all the time. Coldplay is great. I love Coldplay and U2, but I also like stuff like Weezer. I think you have to find that balance and joy sometimes. I feel like “Child’s Play” really fit well on the album because it is more playful, it is more upbeat, it’s just a really fun song. I get to really let loose. I get to rap in it, which has just been a dream of mine forever. I don’t know if I’m good at it, but it works. I think the upbeat thing and letting people let loose a little bit is important. I’m not trying to change the world with it, I’m just being me.
What were you feeling when you heard the completed song for the first time?
Chyler: The moment I heard the completed song for the first time, I immediately got some serious goosebumps. It was one of those lightbulb moments where I looked at him and thought, “He can do anything he wants.” His range vocally and his range across genres gives him so much room to play with.
Has your son heard “Child’s Play” yet? If so, what did he think?
Chyler: Yes! He loves it! Noah has heard the evolution of “Child’s Play” from the beginning. Even in it’s very early stages, Noah emphatically signed himself up to play the main character in the music video!
If you’re looking to see East of Eli in person, here are a few dates to catch Nathan in action.
Tuesday, April 4/25: Pianos, NY (Sold Out) w/ Nix, Habits, and Paul Howe
Thursday April 4/27: The Knitting Factory, NY
July 7/29, 2017: The Roxy w/ State to State and Dirty Diamond
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of East of Eli’s new song? Let us know!