Elijah MC is one of the most unique artists that I have seen in a looong time. I wrote about him a few months in a post called, 5 Most Interesting Musicians to Follow on Google+. He is one of those artists that has one of those styles that is damn near impossible to categorize. Some call it Dubwise, but he refers to it as hip hop/reggae. If you went to a show and saw someone beat boxing and playing the drum machine with their feet, what would you call it? Last week, I was able to speak with this very unique and humble artist about his background in the music industry and his plans for the future.
What is your background?
I started playing music when I was about nineteen. I started off as a singer song writer in a few different bands but recently I have began to work on my solo project. It’s been an ongoing continuation with the different sounds that I have developed over the past few years that have gotten me to where I am now.
Where did the inspiration for your style come from?
I started with reggae. Both of my parents have loved reggae and I grew up in a household with a massive lp collection of some of the best reggae you can imagine. I grew up listening to Grogory Isaacs, Buju Bantun and the influence from the pop music over hear in the UK also has some influence. I’m not necessarily big on pop music but, its influence cannot be denied. You can always find an element in every track that something can be taking from. I think the whole artist influence thing is a bit of a myth.
How would you describe your sound? Someone said it was dubwise, but I like to think its more of reggae/hip hop.
What projects are you working on now?
Im working on an album right now. At the moment I have a enough tracks that I feel that are pretty good. So we are starting to go and play them at shows to get feedback before we release it.
Are there any particular artists that you would like to work with?
Jamiroquai, who was out ages ago I would love to work with him. Buju Banton, anytime!
What do you want people to take away from your music?
I try to say what what people want to say but don’t have the words to say or either they are afraid to say it.Like the great movies like “Gladiator” and “Braveheart,” in my music I would like to become that guy with my lyrics and my song writing that would be a great achievement.