Onism E is New York City’s newest indie rock band. From singer/songwriter Eline Chavez, this new band comes on the heels of her successful solo album titled, The Epic and Reckless.
Known for being a workhorse in the indie music scene, Eline continues to develop her unique and ever-evolving style with Onism E. Rooted in rock music, this is a combination of her alt-rock style and a new-found love of moody and often dark melodies. With 2019 being deemed the “Year of the Single” by Eline, you will want to stay tuned!
Where are you from?
Originally from California, raised primarily in Texas, but my friends say that I am most likely reincarnated 80-year-old woman from Brooklyn. I take that as a compliment.
How did you come by your band name?
The word Onism refers to the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time. That sums up my life in a nutshell; I am a hopeless wanderer that wants to experience everything and see as much of the world as possible. E, is my first initial. Ha.
What was your biggest risk taken in your career?
Going it alone and really trusting my gut and musical instincts. I don’t know many musicians out there that envision spending endless hours in a studio alone. I have always loved those moments where you just click with someone and the music takes over.
Unfortunately, things just kept falling apart and I got frustrated with projects not working out and having nothing to show for my time in the end. With a friend’s encouragement, I finally took the leap. I played every track. I also messed up every track of my first couple of attempts. Ha. In the end, I realized that I could do it so…I did. I’m still learning and figuring things out from the production aspect – what works for me and my style but, I’m happy I took that leap.
Who influenced you to become a band? Why?
I love and hate these questions. Ha. All the women before me…Bonnie Raitt, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Melissa Etheridge, Patti Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, The Ronnettes, Mavis Staples, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dolly Parton…I’d keep going but this is a good sample. Why? Because in a male-dominated industry, they kept pushing forward. They earned their place and helped pave the way for the rest of us. I am thankful for them and the power and strength they brought with their music.
How can potential fans find you?
All the normal social sites like Insta. If you go to the website, you can pick the one you like the best…
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