I think it’s safe to say that a song with almost 3.5 million plays on YouTube, “sad and boujee” that elijah who is clearly the MAN! THANK YOU ELIJAH! Having your own sound must feel pretty nice.
It was too easy to make a “favorites” playlist this time. So many tracks that are so solid! I’d encourage our viewers to just listen to all of the music and to find out just what you like. Here’s ours.
Lo-Fi Culture’s Favorites Playlist
Let’s begin the questioning! 🙂
“What is your real name? Do you have a photo that you’d like to let your fans see?
[*] my name is elijah ! i’d rather not give out a last name :^)
How would your schedule be on a day you’d consider as “normal”?
[*] i’m always up late since im currently unemployed and dating someone
in a different time zone,, so i usually wake up late (around noon my time) and go downstairs to figure out what my family is doing for the day,, and then i’ll base my plans around that. usually i come back up to my room and make music for a few hours and text/facetime friends and respond to work emails or play instruments to stay in practice. i really don’t do much haha sometimes i’ll go shopping or hang out w irl friends when they’re not busy,, but
95% of my life is spent in my room making music,, responding to people, talking to friends, or watching movies right now.
– Elijah who
When people listen to your music there’s a very distinct harmony of vocals and melody you play with. I think it’s safe to say that you have a “sound” that is fundamentally unique and good. How long did it take you to get to where you are in terms of skill and in popularity?
[*] hm … as far as “skill”,, it didn’t take long haha maybe 2 months? i’ve
always liked composing (i want to use my own instruments in my music very soon)
and sampling isn’t very hard to get good at :^) it only took a week or two to figure out how to use the software lol i really wasn’t popular until i got on the animevibe youtube channel (february 28th,, i think the day was) and i hit 1k followers on march 1st of this year so it’s only really been a few months.
Why did you decide that this “sound” was something you could pursue as something more than a hobby?
[*] i’ve kinda been forced to pursue this as a job haha im from a *very*
small town with almost no opportunities for jobs and i can’t find an employer. i’ve been trying to get a practical job or start college but neither have been working out so music is the only thing i’ve got going for me as of right now :^)
How old were you when you found out that music meant something more to you?
[*] i think i was like 4,, i was riding around with my dad in his truck and i
grabbed a cassette from the glove box and put it in the deck and “close to you” by the carpenters started playing and i was humming it all day and i took that tape and played it in my walkman all day every day when i got home from school haha either that,, or when i was 7 and got my first guitar and learned blackbird by the beatles !
I understand that you’re a very social-able person. How many messages do you generally go through in any given week?
[*] i try to be sociable online haha im very shy irl but i honestly cant
count them all. its an average of 5-6 soundcloud messages per day,, 7-8 instagram
dms every day, 2 or 3 twitter dms daily, 4 or 5 emails each day, and probably around 30 snapchats a day … so… it adds up very quickly and i havent been able to get to everything lately oof
Even though you are social-able, is there a certain type of people you try to avoid talking to?
[*] i honestly try to talk to everyone at least once but i wish i could ignore
the people that ask for things like trading reposts or people who get angry at me when i tell them im too busy to have full,, two-hour-long philosophical conversations with them haha
Who are your biggest influencers in music and how did they help you become the musician you are now?
[*] i’d note tomppabeats as a big influence in the way i make my lofi instrumentals ! his music influenced how i eq and mix my songs,, and how i leave my samples very untouched as far as compression and bitcrushing and warping and things like that. driver is another influence,, he made a song called “the way i’m supposed to feel” that mixed a jazzy charlie brown sample and a Waka Flacka flame acapella and that juxtaposition made a big impact on my tastes in vocals. i love meltycanon so much,, his soundfont choice and melody choices are so beautiful and i want to make music as beautiful as his,, but in my own way.
What kind of equipment, tools, and programs do you use in your process of making music?
[*] up until literally a few days ago,, i was only using a 2009 Toshiba Satellite and fl studio 11, but now i’ve got a new laptop haha same program and setup tho, just the laptop and fl studio 11 !
Would you ever consider doing another interview with us again @Loficulture?
[*] yea definitely :^)) ”
(end of interview)
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LoFiCulture’s Favorites https://open.spotify.com/user/loficulture/playlist/71ljSRGm4gyba3fN4Zlza7
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Spotify Followers ~2,000
Soundcloud Followers ~7,500
Numbers are subject to change
“What is your real name?
[*]Magnús Valur. Have fun trying to say that name!
How old were you when you decided music was “your thing”?
[*]Music has always been a huge part of my life since i can remember myself. I’ve played bass guitar in bands and all that stuff, but not that much really. But regarding when it became “my thing”. I have to say it was around 2014 after listening extensively to beats by my favorite producers like Pete Rock, J Dilla, Buckwild, 9th Wonder, Vanilla and plenty more.
What is one message that you want all of your followers to feel when they listen to your music?
[*]Good question. I’m a very calm person, almost too calm haha. My message to the listeners is just to take it easy, breathe, relax, and enjoy themselves. No stress.
What is your daily schedule like?
[*]Wake up, eat breakfast, maybe go for a walk, make beats, play video games, meet my best friends. It all depends, really.
Is there a short story you’d like to share with us?
[*]Not really, but i can tell you that i just finished making a bunch of beats this summer that will hopefully be released on vinyl maybe around September, we’ll see how that goes.
How did you become as popular as you are today?
[*]I think a lot of it just comes from working really hard on trying to get “that sound” that i like so much.
How is it like being one of the pioneers of Lo-Fi Music?
[*]Well, to be honest. I think i’m far from being a pioneer of “Lo-fi” haha. Guys like Wun Two, F ro st, Smuv, [csd], even Dilla and Madlib. I might be a pioneer of “Lo-fi” in Iceland, but im only one of maybe 2-3 in the whole country.
What kind of music do you listen to?
[*]Oh man, i listen to almost everything, except for Opera and Death Metal… and Trap music. I love Jazz from the 30’s-50’s, classic rock like Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac. Metal from the 70’s like black sabbath, dio, judas priest etc. And don’t forget the golden era Hip Hop like Tribe, Organized Konfusion, Blackstar, Pete Rock & CL Smooth etc. The list never ends!
Do you have any advice for up-coming Lo-Fi musicians/rappers?
[*]Beatmakers: Start out by listening to a lot of Jazz, A LOT. Your beats will sound like a bag of shit at first, but these things takes time. Keep grinding and developing “that sound” you like so much. Rappers: Learn how to mix your vocals right with the beat. Try to make it blend together.
How many times a day does someone ask permission to, “rap over” one of your instrumentals?
[*]It’s kind of strange because, sometimes i don’t get any inquiries like that for days, even weeks, and suddenly i get like 2-5 of them at the same time by different rappers. But yeah, 90% of my inbox is people asking to rap or sing over my beats.
What drum kit, instrument, or tools/devices do you use to produce your art?
[*]What i use for almost everything is a software named Ableton Live 9. I also bought a SP404-SX last year too, i mainly use it for certain effects or just to do live shows.”
Software and SP404-SX Links
Ableton Live 9 Intro
Ableton Live 9 Intro Ableton Live 9 Intro DJ and Mixing Software with Sound Library
Ableton Live 9 Standard
Ableton Live 9 Standard Ableton Live 9 Standard Multi-Track Audio Recording with Sound Library
Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler with DSP Effects
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