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An intriguing conversation with Elijah Lowell

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Tell me about your journey getting into producing.

I’ve always loved music, but I didn’t really fall in love with music until I heard the Pixies album Surfer Rosa in 6th grade. My mom played it for me on the way home from school one day, and I don’t know… I can’t explain it, but I’ve had this ethereal fascination ever since. I took guitar lessons, played in a garage band for a little bit. But once a few friends put me hip to A$AP Mob, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, etc., I fell in love with hip hop. Didn’t actually start making beats until November 2016 though.

How would you describe your sound to new fans?

Fresh, relaxing, but still uplifting.

How do you separate yourself from other producers in the game?

“If you’re not doing what you love, stop what you’re doing and do what you love. If you’re doing what you love, don’t stop.”

I differentiate myself from other producers by making beats that sound like me, they don’t sound like anyone else. There are so many producers out there that like to think of themselves as artists but all they make is type-beats. There are even producers out there making type-beats but not describing them as type-beats, with a sound seemingly void of personality. I don’t make type-beats. I make elijah beats.

What has been a stand out moment in your journey thus far?

I remember about a week after I started making beats, I showed one of my friends my shit, which was trash in my opinion… But his reaction blew me away. He told me how he could tell I had a lot of potential, and said some super corny shit like “I always knew you were destined for something more” or something like that. It really did hit home for me though… I took it as a sign.

What is next for you?

I’m really trying to take my shit to the next level ASAP. I’m not going to reveal too much… Just know I’m out here grinding and the grind never stops.

What are the main inspirations for the beats you create?

My personal life… Whenever I make music I try to transcribe how I feel into music as accurately as possible. It’s honestly therapy for me. Also, I have to shout out Lil B the Based God… probably my biggest inspiration in life. Lil B taught me how to love myself and not give a fuck about anything else. #TYBG

“Artists are really just professional at being themselves.”

Who are your favorite producers in the game?

Pierre Bourne, Metro Boomin, Cardo Got WIngs, Southside, Wondagurl

What have you learned from your journey as an artist?

The biggest epiphany for me is realizing that being an artist, at the end of the day, is all about authenticity, and above all else, being yourself. Artists are really just professional at being themselves. I try to remember that and stay true to myself at times where it’s much easier said than done.

Is there a particular song that never fails to move you emotionally?

Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky… always makes me cry. No idea why though.

Do you have any other dreams and goals in life that go beyond music?

So many, I could go on forever… One thing I will say is I want to do as much as I possibly can to make this world a better place while I’m still here, because you can’t do anything to change this world if you’re dead. But right now I’m focusing on being able to provide for myself while still being 100% myself. It’s not as easy as you would expect, but that’s the struggle of an artist in society as we know it.

What are your main inspirations right now?

My mom is my biggest inspiration. She suddenly passed away last summer. It’s a huge loss, but I know she’s watching over me. But man, she was the most genuine person I’ve ever met. It’s hard to describe, but it was honestly so mind blowing and inspiring how genuine and authentic she was, nothing but love in her soul. I know it sounds corny, but I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that her legacy lives on, through me. Everything she stood for, I stand for. It’s beyond a responsibility for me.

What is one message you want to send your fans?

If you’re not doing what you love, stop what you’re doing and do what you love. If you’re doing what you love, don’t stop.

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