El’tee Interview – Live & Love Music
El’tee discusses musical influences, touring and new tunes…
Hi El’tee. So what are you up to these days?
Currently doing plenty of showcases in and around London and Essex, and always writing new music. (So if you want to see me live, get in touch with my management Avenoir). Also school tours have been a big thing this year, covering an anti bullying campaign up and down the UK thanks to my tour promoter Danielle at Live & Love Music.
Who have been your musical influences?
I’ve grown up on a lot of UK rap, but have always loved RnB and the American scene.
What gigs/festivals have you got coming up?
At present, we’re in discussions for a couple of festivals on the south coast, but gigwise I have a couple of shows in the West End and Brixton lined up for March. 21st March in Soho (The Coffee Music Project). The competition takes place annually in London and NYC. Proceeds from the live rounds directly support Project Waterfall, a charity initiative to deliver clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities. And then March 27th at Brixton Ritzy’s venue for MOE Presents. Music Over Everything Presents is a live music platform for all rappers, grime MCs, singers and spoken word poets.
Any new music to be coming from you soon?
I’ve got my new EP No.1 Contender coming out in April that features some new unheard tracks. I co-wrote with producer Martin West aka BlackIce – I’ve just done a track with the Lost Focus lads recently. There’s also talks ongoing at the moment for a possible collaboration with DJ & Producer Louie Anderson who is getting huge acclaim on the music scene at the moment.
What influenced you to get into music?
Music and singing is in my blood. My dad, Tony, was quite a successful singer in the 90s, being a major influence and one of the reasons for me picking up a mic. I was introduced to professional recording at the age of 13.
If you hadn’t become a musician what do you think you would have gone on to do?
I’ve always wanted to be an interior designer; its sort of something I’ve always enjoyed, like picking out furniture to design the kitchen or living room and how it would look etc.
Any interesting stories whilst gigging/touring?
Nothing really that interesting, but I must say when I performed at an U16s gig at a theatre I experienced slapping all the kids hands – they had me running back and forth on the stage because they all had their hands out the whole time. Singing and running backwards and forwards along the stage took its toll on me and how I never fell over I don’t know!
Do you have any pre-gig rituals or superstitions before going on stage?
I like to have 1 drink, only as it soothes my throat and kind of relaxes me. I also always pray on my own before I go on stage.
What’s a stand out gig you’ve played?
My first school gig – all the kids wanted my autograph, and that meant a lot to me.
What venue has been your favourite to play?
I enjoyed the theatre gig as it was the biggest stage I’ve performed on so far.
What advice would you give to youngsters wanting to get into a music career?
Never think you can’t do it; if you truly believe you have something special you have to go for it. No one can stop you; you just can’t waste your time though, so you need to have a backup plan.
If you could go back in time, would you do anything differently?
No, definitely not, but if anything I wish my management found me earlier as things have developed at a phenomenal pace since they signed me in September.
What’s been your worst show to date?
Fortunately I haven’t had one yet, as they’ve all in their own way been special to me.
How would you describe your sound?
Unique, distinctive, spiritual.
How do you come up with lyric ideas?
Lyrically, I draw on personal life experiences of good and happy times with friends, mixed with stories of my musical journey to date and growing up as a youngster in modern society. Ultimately, I want to bring about positivity and be a role model for others who want to achieve their dreams.
What does music mean to you?
Cliché, but it’s everything to me. I’ve literally tried so many different hobbies and jobs, but nothing excites me besides putting on a beat and putting my own spin on it.
What’s coming up next for you this year?
More gigs, school tours, and a lot more new tunes!
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