New Artist Alert!
Keep a look out! AEli is one of the most creative artist I have came across in a long time. And guess what? I had the opportunity to interview him for MusicByLife today. Great guy and even greater artist. But enough with the intro; let’s get on with the questions!!!
AEli! Where are you from and how did you realized you had a gift for music?
I’m from Los Angeles CA, I’ve always been passionate about music from an early age. Playing with my keyboard and learning how to play the piano by ear, creating beats in my head. When I was 14 I was introduced to a free production/recording software called “GarageBand”. After school I spent most of my time making beats on the program. Some of my friends that rap heard my beats and thought they were really good, so I started producing and engineering for all the local rappers. Just by all the positive feedback I was getting I realized that music was something I was talented at. Starting off as a producer and engineer, I soon became my own artist, writing my own music and recording my own voice. This led to me being the artist that I am today.
So how did you come up with your name AEli?
The name my parents gave me is Elijah, and for short my friends have called me Eli. The fact that I have worked with so many artists, I have created traffic for myself. People constantly asking me for production, engineering, and collaborations. From hearing “Aye Eli, let me get a beat” or “Aye Eli, lets collab” or “Aye Eli, lets hit the studio” for so long I just decided to call my self AEli.
You say that you aren’t the typical artist. You have gone so far that you’ve invented your own genre called Pulphead. Why the name? And what makes it so different than other genres?
Yes, I have created my own genre called ‘Pulphead’. Although I do make songs like “Millionaire” and “Thinking Too Much” which are obviously hip hop, you can hear songs on my previous projects that have a very unique sound. Songs like “Be Mine” and “All for You” are songs that I like to consider ‘Pulphead’. A ‘Pulphead’ artist or sound, is an artist or sound that you can’t put a label on, it just has too many varieties in it. A song like “Be Mine” for example, is a song that has hip hop drums, with a slow jazz tempo, and classical instruments with soulful vocals, it is a sound I find hard to label. ‘Pulphead’ is also a character/alter-ego of mine, he represents the sound that the genre ‘Pulphead’ carries, hence the bag over his head. You are unable to identify the person, but you can identify the emotion the person is trying to portray. Same with the artist, that is why I consider myself to be a ‘Pulphead’ artist, so that I can create any type of sound that I want to, without being limited to one or two.
What song has been your favorite creation thus far? What’s the meaning behind the track?
“Double Minded” from my first project “Reminiscing With Wine” is one of my favorite creations so far, just because it represents the idea of ‘Pulphead’ in my actual personality. I find it hard to be one type of person, being exposed to so many people and cultures, I can and can’t find a way to relate with any type of person. I’m still trying to find myself, it is a constant struggle I find myself in. Am I a tough guy? Soft guy? Hater, lover? Intellectual? Idiot? Smoker? Sober? Christian? Sinner? What do I know or believe in? This track is the perfect representation of this constant struggle of self-reflection and the idea of being unable to identify the artist but only the emotion the artist is portraying.
Thanks AEli for your questions! Where can we find more of your music? And when can we expect some new releases?
I am currently working on my next official mixtape, it is currently untitled and should be dropping Summer 2013. You can follow me on Twitter @aeliprod and on Tumblr aeliprod.tumbr.com