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. (See Pt. I, here).
Day 7—Wednesday, Nov. 4
Today we went to work with Erick Morrilo at his studio in LA, which was truly incredible. The studio is in his Hollywood Hills house and looks out over the entire city. It’s glass-fronted with panoramic views that stretch out forever. I (Eli) actually remember the first time I came to Los Angeles and how the high view initially blew my mind. This view was next level.
It was amazing to be in the studio with Erick and see how he works—see why he’s been so successful. We worked together developing ideas, melodies and lyrics. We always love to collaborate with other people and it’s great having someone so experienced to shake things up and push you out of your comfort zone. We worked until the day turned into night, when it felt like the city was really coming to life. The buzz is infectious.
Day 8—Thursday, Nov. 5
We were sad to leave LA, but excited for Salt Lake City—Good to be off again. There’s always the nerves with flying, but the flight was only an hour and 40 minutes, so it wasn’t too bad. The first thing that shocked us when we arrived was the cold; we were surrounded by snow-covered mountains just a short flight from the heat of California.
We checked into the hotel and went out for drinks with Vaughn, the promoter to have some local whiskey called, “High West,” which was the bomb—definitely recommend it. Then we headed to the club. It was a great space—really intimate and lots of energy. We loved it.
Day 9—Friday, Nov. 6
We’ve both always wanted to see Chicago. Although most of our short trip was spent in cabs, gazing out longingly at a city with such incredible music history. Playing Sound Bar was a great experience and enabled us to feel the city’s energy. We wish we could’ve stayed longer and can’t wait to revisit.
New York. The hotel view was amazing and the city was so loud and fast-moving. We stayed in the meatpacking district and arrived early evening. The streets were filled with people rushing from bar-to-bar with car horns and the smell of delicious food everywhere.
It just so happened that Eli’s whole family was in town, so we had no down time; we changed, showered and headed out into the night. One of the best parts of NYC is the food; we had dinner at Molé, a Mexican restaurant with the best fish tacos.
We played a four-hour set that night at Provocateur NYC. The club was dark and seductive with red lighting and stripper poles. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family, and the party was amazing. We made it back to the hotel just in time to watch the sun rise from the balcony.
Day 11—Sunday, Nov. 8
We had a day off (ish).
We recommend Cafe Cluny in the West Village for the most amazing brunch, it’s so good and also in our favourite part of Manhattan—a great place to get lost and wander around. In the evening we played at Le Bain’s On Top at The Standard, offering another amazing 360-degree view. It was pretty special DJing and being able to look out over the city.
We stuck around after we played and then headed to Whiskey Town in East Village with some friends, the only bar we could find open past 2 am on a Sunday. They have a ton of different whiskeys.
Day 12—Monday, Nov. 9
Today was a day of rest, catching up with emails, a little bit of exploring and getting everything ready for the big release of our new California Love EP on Anjunadeep. We can’t wait to share the music with you.
Our ‘California Love’ EP comes out Nov. 27 on Anjunadeep
When we’re back in NYC soon, we’re hoping to see more of the city, but here’s a list with some more of our favorite places to eat and drink in Manhattan:
Day 13—Tuesday, Nov. 10
Bye bye New York and hello Miami. We’re so excited to have a day off in Miami, so right when we arrived, we went straight to the beach.
Not a lot goes on in Miami on a Tuesday night, but someone suggested we try out The Broken Shaker—such a great vibe. It was pretty chill, but with really cool people and nothing too mental—the calm before the storm . Next up it’s the Mad Decent Boat Party, which will see us at sea for the next four nights. At sea with thousands of ravers and no way out, wish us luck.