Hello! We’re Eli & Fur (Eliza Noble and Jennifer Skillman). Welcome to our weekly download of stories from the road—a snapshot of what our lives look like while embarking on our first ever North American Tour. For the next four weeks we’ll be stitching together our thoughts, photos, film and music to give you a little bit of insight into who we are and what inspires us, excites us and drives us.
Day 1 — Thursday, Oct. 29
The excitement of finally getting on the plane and crazy anticipation about the next four weeks is far outweighing our fear of flying. It’s finally happening, we’re heading to the States for what feels like an important piece in the next phase of our music career. We are insanely excited.
Day 2 — Friday, Oct. 30
There’s a fancy dress shop in Tacoma that’s like a scene from a movie—somewhere you wouldn’t want to be at night. I nearly bought a squirrel head mask, but it way too overpriced. We went for Batman (Batwoman) outfits instead, which got us thinking. If Fur was a super hero, her power would be that she could have all the powers of a Unicorn. I (Eli) would take invisibility.
Freaknight was our first gig—a great way to kick things off. The outfits were incredible. People in the US put way more effort into their costumes and Halloween than we do in the UK. There were Circus freaks everywhere and one girl was dressed as Barbie in her Barbie box.
Here we are with the gorgeous Daley AKA Hot Since 82, who played after us. The lineup for this show was huge. We were lucky enough to play in the All Gone Pete Tong Arena with some of our favorite DJs including Kölsh, Luciano and of course, Pete Tong. Pete’s always supported us and is probably the world’s biggest champion of dance music so it’s always an honor to be asked to play at one of his events.
Sadly we couldn’t hang out for too long. We were off to Portland to play a night called “No Vacancy” at Evergreen. That meant a short flight on a propeller plane—one way to kill our buzz. When we arrived, the place was jumping. Fur described it like “a high school prom, but with a void speaker system.” It was a great feeling to walk into a sold-out party that we were headlining. What a first day—we were exhausted, jet-lagged and slightly delirious, but blissfully content.
Day 3 — Saturday, Oct. 31
We were up early to take two flights to Edmonton and Canada.
Tonight we played another big event called, “Scream,” spinning alongside Robin Schulz and Oliver Heldens. It was another chance for a dress-up, which we loved.
Day 4 — Sunday, Nov. 1
We’re off to Hollywood. It’s particularly exciting for us at the moment because we’ve just signed a three-track EP, California Love, to Anjunadeep.
We arrived, picked up our car and carved through LA Traffic to our Air BnB—our little bolt hole for the next few days during studio sessions, meetings and soaking up the Cali vibes. Work never stops for us at the moment. Like most industries, it’s a competitive one and we have to stay on. There’s always so much to do, whether it’s making music, touring or just coming up with new ideas.
Day 5 — Monday, Nov. 2
We had a studio session with the awesome Tâches today. It’s always interesting to work with someone else to see how they produce and where they draw inspiration from. The session was great, dark and moody. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with him soon. In the meantime, check out this track from Tâches, which we love:
Day 6 — Tuesday, Nov. 3
We went to Silverlake today to meet an English guy named Dave Taylor. He started Major Lazor with Diplo, has produced for Beyonce, M.I.A. and a ton more. We hung out, played him some music and generally just vibed. We’re definitely going to work with him on some tracks. We look forward to catching up with him again when we’re back in January for some more studio sessions.