eloquent is : Steven Cochran (vocalist/lyricist ) Randall Erkelens (programming/music).
The journey of eloquent begins in the year 2001, when the discovery of MP3.com was made. The site encompassed a wealth of musical artists without vocalists, or in search of vocalists. Beginning as the solo effort of Steven Cochran, eloquent collaborated with various artists, then settled on a few to record the debut album ‘Future Pop’ in 2003.
As work began on the debut eloquent release “Future Pop”, Steven worked with Patrik Sjöström of “A twice blessed man” from Sweden on a couple tracks. With his appealing “retro-synthpop” sound, they decided to form the synthpop duo Royal Visionaries. Their first release “Back to Yazoo” has been released with much acclaim. In addition, they have appeared on several compilations. More information can be found at www.RoyalVisionaries.com
As preparation and consideration for artists to collaborate with began for the follow-up to the successful “Future Pop” release, and the continuing search for a permanent music partner ensued, Steven met Randall Erkelens at “A Different Drum’s 1st Annual Synthpop Music Festival” in 2004. Randall was performing with his darkwave/synthpop band Tristraum. The two began a friendship and eventually collaborated on a song that was originally slated to appear on the debut Tristraum album. After recording “Carte Blanche” together, the two quickly realized that a partnership was unavoidable. Steven was searching for a permanent music partner and Randall needed an outlet for writing lighter, dance-oriented synthpop songs.
Becoming a duo, and being signed to Section 44 Records in 2005, the Los Angeles / Denver based eloquent opened for the electronic band Provision, and later in the year performed at “A Different Drum’s Second Annual Synthpop Music Festival”, which involved 12 bands performing over a 2 day period.
Randall began his musical journey in college dj-ing four nights-a-week at a dance club and had a regular show on the campus radio station. After graduating, Randall co-founded Twitch Remix Service in San Francisco. Twitch released over 25 double albums, compilation CD’s and various dj loop tools geared towards the underground dj. Twitch held remixes for D.A.F., Celebrate the Nun, The Prodigy, The Shamen, The Orb, Prefab Sprout, Moby, Anything Box and Front 242.
After six years of Twitch, Randall partnered with Pierre Norman and Krystyna Eller to form Tristraum. Their first single ‘Shiver’ was released in Spring 2004 and was followed-up with ‘First Embrace’ in 2005. The trio began work on their debut album ‘Gray’ while producing a string of remixes for other artists that include Underworld, Color Theory, Project X, T.O.Y., Somegirl, Assemblage 23, Fiction 8, Fr/action, Sasha and Echo Image. Randall and Pierre formed Section 44 Records to release The Fixx and Dead or Alive tributes, the ‘4×4’ series and upcoming Tristraum releases.
eloquent currently enjoy great success with radio and club play around the world, having something to offer for every fan of electronic music, with an ever changing blend of sound, be it electro, new wave, darkwave, synthpop, ebm, industrial and several other flavours of the electronic genre. In addition, eloquent were signed on to perform at the Costa Rica Synthpop Festival in March of 2006.
eloquent released Carousel of Life (Limited EP) in September of 2006 holding six new songs. It was produced for the A Different Drum Synthpop Festival in which eloquent performed. The release was a teaser for the full length sophmore release Carousel of Life released in January of 2009. It contained 16 new songs. A few of the songs that were previously released on the E.P. were either rearranged or remixed for the album.
eloquent’s third studio album Party Favours will be released in March/April 2012 holding 17 tracks.