Asian-American producer Elephante (real name: Tim Wu), Indonesian singer-songwriter Stephanie Poetri, and Chinese singer Zhang Yanqi have come together for the pop-disco influenced single "No Explanations," available now on all streaming platforms.
"'No Explanations' is a song about first love – that giddy, unapologetic feeling of falling for someone, and hoping that they're doing the same for you. It's a feel-good, synthy bop. It was a lot of fun working on something outside my normal comfort zone, and a blast putting the song together with Steph and Zhang," said Elephante in a press statement.
Poetri in motion
The lighthearted music styles of Elephante, Poetri, and Yanqi complement one another beautifully for this collaboration that comes just in time for spring, the season of new beginnings.
"'No Explanations' is a fun, summery, disco song! We wrote about how much I love someone – so much that I don't need to actually say I love them, because the way I feel and behave already shows that," said Poetri.
For his part, Zhang said: "There are so many wonders and uncertainties in life... You're not sure what's for dinner, or if tomorrow will come on time, but the feeling of love is certain, and you’ll perceive it clearly. It's here."
Poetri made waves after signing with transformative, internet-savvy, musical powerhouse 88rising, a taste-making giant for Asian talent, which allowed her to explore the other areas of artistic expression. She has an active presence on Twitch, along with other social media platforms, where she offers her fans an authentic look into who she is.
Along with music, Poetri's creative background includes a love for visual arts and video games, both of which have been a big part of her aesthetic as an artist.
Citing contemporaries like Beabadoobee, Julia Michaels, Lizzy McAlpine, Gracie Abrams — and the ever-present touchstone of Taylor Swift — Poetri has been working on plenty of new material and is ready to enter into a new phase as the pandemic era comes to a close.
'The elephant in the room'
A wildly innovative producer, artist, and songwriter fusing melodic electronic dance music with pop, blues, rock, and other genres, Elephante is living what many people might call "The American Dream".
As the son of Taiwanese immigrants, his Asian-American upbringing in Michigan was unique and sometimes isolating. He graduated from Harvard University and entered corporate America at a top global consultant firm... and hated it. So he addressed his unhappiness — "the elephant in the room" — and pursued his passion for music.
To date, he's garnered hundreds of millions of streams across his two indie EPs: "I Am The Elephante" (2016), a nine-track exploration of progressive house, synthpop and trap; and "Glass Mansion" (2018), which shot to No. 1 on the iTunes US Dance chart.
His upcoming project, "Heavy Glow", represents his first full-length studio album – a largely solo effort further pushing the boundaries of dance music, featuring the debut single "High Water". Elephante has headlined two sold-out national tours, played nightlife residencies including those at Hard Rock and Wynn Las Vegas, and appeared at major music festivals such as Lollapalooza, EDC Las Vegas, and Electric Zoo.