Lo-Fi Culture Presents: Linanthem!

Welcome back Lo-Fi listeners! 🙂

This week’s feature is special as it includes a mid-decemeber present by Linathem called  the “Enlightened EP”.  Linathem had his start in lo-fi in 2016 where he grew fond of the lo-fi music scene.  Fast forward to today, he’s garnered up over half-a-million monthly listeners on Spotify and has been featured on many Youtube channels like Yotsu, Black Lotus, and Ryuzy Music where many chill vibes like Linanthem can be found. He’s been around the scene and has worked with many great lo-fi producers like bsd.u, sleepdealer, and many more!
I invite all of our readers to give his music a play while learning about his background, some music production tips, and his general opinion on lo-fi production.

Linanthem Soundcloud (our private playlist)

 

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Found on Linanthem’s Twitter

BEGINNING OF INTERVIEW

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What is your name? Would you like to share your ethnicity?

My names is Esaias, it’s kind of an unusual name, as far as I know its Greek for Isaiah. As for my ethnicity, i’m pretty much black and a little bit of white.

What is the back story behind the name “Linanthem”? 

I get asked a lot about the name I choose and where it comes from, but there’s no grand story behind it unfortunately. I was watching an episode of Regular Show where [the character] “Rigby” was coming up with his artist name and put the first two things he saw together and that was his name. My first two words were lint from my pocket and “Gotham City” from Batman. I just rearranged it to Linanthem.

How long have you been doing music as Linanthem? 

I started Linanthem during the summer of 2016. Before then I was still around in the scene, I just wasn’t actively making lo-fi. I was making music under a different name before then, but i was really inspired to start making lo-fi beats because of how unique the music was and how the producers involved were constantly pushing boundaries and were just doing their own thing.

What is your daily schedule like? How does lo-fi hip hop fit into your schedule?

As far as my daily schedule, I’m in college right now, but I still devote a large amount of my time to my productions. As soon as I’m done with class, I’ll usually go digging for samples, finish up beats or start new ones. It’s like that almost everyday.

 

 

What’s your favorite thing about the Lo-Fi hip hop genre? 

My favorite aspect about lo-fi is the community around it, it’s unlike anything else in music. Everyone pretty much knows everyone and we’re all like-minded individuals. Most days i find myself talking to them more than anyone in my real life.

What got you started into Lo-Fi HipHop? 

I got introduced to lo-fi through a group called the coast crew, they’re all well-known artist like datfootdive, [ocean jams], and a couple other members. I found them because they were really connected to future funk and vaporwave which was the type of music I made prior to devoting my effort to lo-fi.

How did you grow your audience to what it is today? Do you have any advice for future/current artists in lo-fi?

There’s no such thing as a self-made person. I’m not going to take full credit for what I have now, even though I’m not the biggest lo-fi artist, I’m thankful for what I have. It was a joint effort between every person I’ve met and connected with through music. I’m very thankful I’ve gotten to work with people who I look up to a lot and even be able to call them a friend. My advice would be to connect with people and create bonds with them.

What do you think about the future of Lo-Fi? How will you transform with it?

Right now I see the lo-fi scene as the wild west in music right now, kind of an anything goes attitude, my hope is that it will always be like this, but that’s naive to think. The trend at least for now is soft repetitive music perfect for Youtube streams and Spotify playlist. Instead of pushing boundaries, a lot of producers are becoming complacent, trying to get a large audience over becoming a unique artist. For me I’ve always had a unique take on lo-fi, I like music that can tell a story without uttering a word. That’s my goal for every beat I release, in addition to collage artwork, I try to deliver an experience with every beat.

Do you feel like experimenting with other fields of lo-fi music? 

I do experiment a lot, that’s what making music is all about. I make electronic beats for fun sometimes although they don’t get released, but for my upcoming project, I took everything I learned from making electronic and integrated it with some really chill lo-fi I’m excited to release it.

 

 

 

Do you have tips or tricks on finishing beats?

You can’t rush the process, if it’s not meant to be, then it’s not meant to be. A lot of my projects can go unfinished from a couple [of] days to over a year. I usually just work until I feel like I’ve hit a roadblock and come back to it whenever i feel the vibe.

Is there a certain process or ritual you have before you get in your creative zone? What is your process (if you have one)? 

Well when i really became serious about making music, I would channel my negative feelings into the music I made. So now whenever I’m feeling some kind of way, instead of sitting in those feelings I will just start making music.

What kind of instruments, tools, equipment, programs, and inspiration do you use when making your music? 

For the most part, everything I do is digital, all the melodies, sampling, etc. all digital. I have made beats on a sp404sx and messed around on a Korg, but everything I have released has been completely digital. I think that I have gotten really good at achieving an analog sound digitally and anyone can do it as long as they keep at it. Some of my inspirations are artist like j^p^n, and Nujabes, they’ve been such a blessing in my life.

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“The number one resource that I would give people are the lofi.hiphop forums, it has so much valuable information about everything from production tips and tricks to sample catalogs, drum kits, instruments, and much more, even if you’re looking for a friend to talk to chances are you can find someone on there. I’m really thankful to have had the opportunity to work with bsd.u with helping out on the forums. “

-Linanthem 2018

Would you ever think about having another interview with Loficulture?

Of course, I’d love to come back and talk again about anything really. It’s been a pleasure.

 

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END OF INTERVIEW

That’s all for this week’s guest interview 🙂
If you guys liked this week’s guest be sure to follow-up by showing some love on Linanthem’s social media and bump his tracks if you’re feeling that lo-fi vibe. Another thank you for Linanthem for joining the site, sharing his time, and thoughts on the entire genre. Follow him on the links below!

Linanthem Social Media 

Fanlink — Linanthem

Spotify — Linanthem

Bandcamp — Linanthem

Instagram — Linanthem

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Lo-Fi Culture Presents: “☺KUDASAI☺”(ください )

Let’s welcome Kudasai to our Loficulture page! We’re pleased to have heard many tracks by Kudasai and by the Grape Records Label. Featured on Youtube music channels like Ikagai and DreamWave, Kudasai’s song ,”the girl i haven’t met yet” has reached over 332k views just after 3 weeks of posting it! Its currently at over 3 million views on Youtube and made it’s way to the top chart on the Lo-Fi Hip Hop platform. Come take a listen to find out how this musician fits music in his schedule and find out his opinion on Lo-Fi Hip Hop.

Play some sweet lo-fi hip-hop beats by this artist while taking a quick read! Here are Lo-fi Culture’s favorites for kudasai.

KUDASAI

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Kudasaibeats. The phrase written in Japanese means “please” or “(respectfully) give me”.

INTERVIEW


What is your name? Would you like to share your ethnicity? Do you have a photo you’d like to share with viewers?

My name’s Christian Songco I’m a filipino/mexican artist from Socal and I go by the alias “kudasai”
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How does lo-fi hiphop fit into your schedule?
I really have more time working on music than I should be allowed. I’ll be in my library at uni working on tracks in between classes and sometimes I get too into it while I’m like jamming so people just kind of look at me haha

How long have you been creating music as Kudasai?
I’ve been using the alias “kudasai” for about a year and a half now. I used to make random tracks before that an another account, but it wasn’t anything I took seriously at all.

What’s your favorite anime to watch? I made this assumption since your name is “kudasai”… Also, what’s your favorite anime to use for cover art?
Actually ( common misconception ) I got the name “kudasai” from an old song called “Chotto Matte Kudasai (Never Say Goodbye)” by Sam Kapu and then also by The Sandpipers. It directly translates to “Please wait a moment” and I figured if I isolated “kudasai” and made it a name, anytime somebody would say that phrase it’d remind me to wait a moment and appreciate where I’m at. IT’S A LONG THOUGHT PROCESS I KNOW. Anyways, yes I watch anime, one of my all time favorites has to be “erased” it’s just really thrilling and dark. I don’t use a particular anime for my cover art, but it’s just for the aesthetic of course! Also it’s temporary while I’m currently painting and designing for real cover art.

 

What got you started into Lo-Fi Hip Hop?
I would always mess around with ideas I had for music and a close friend of mine in high school really drove me to continue making music. I just randomly came across lofi hip hop on Soundcloud and I loved the feel of it !! I don’t wanna go into the cliche of how it inspired me to create more than I was comfortable with and explore my ideas, so I won’t but yeah exactly that 🙂

What inspires you to make beats in this style?
Well it’s been a gradual change in style and I think where I’m at now is where I’ve been wanting to be. I can’t say I have a particular inspiration, it’s just been making music track after track I get a little bit more experimental which I think really shows if you were to go from oldest to newest.

 

What’s your favorite thing about the Lo-Fi Hip Hop genre?
Vibes vibes vibes. It’s a similar template with almost every lofi hip hop song which is great it keeps things simple, it’s a good foundation, and allows people to get into it whether it be producing or just listening to it, but the feel for each song can be unique. Other than that, the community is one of my favorite things. The people in it can be so great especially my Grape Record boys keepin me busy and motivated.

What made you realize you wanted to find your “own sound”? Was it after listening to a particular producer? Was it self-motivated?
WOW. I definitely want to answer this one haha 🙂 !! Like I said before, I like the template we have going in lo-fi. I listen to the classics all the time ( tomppa, jinsang, idealism, luv.ly, etc ) Those guys made a staple in lofi hip hop and that kind of trickles down to us newer artists. I wanted to take that concept and expand on it ( not that I don’t love classic lo-fi I just wanted to do more than I thought I could ).

Why do you think Lo-Fi Hip Hop genre should be taken seriously? Do you feel like lo-fi is under appreciated in current hip hop culture?
I think my biggest concern for lofi hip hop is that there’s a spectrum of musicians from people that actually create to people that just take an mp3 of an old jazz track and put J Dilla drums over it. I can’t be saying much because when I first started in sampling that’s all I would do and I was never happy with it. Now I just put out originals with maybe a vocal sample in there and I have one song primarily with just sample chops and I hope that does the justice, but sometimes being able to determine the difference between an artist putting out what they want to put out and what they think people want to be put out is such a grey area. I don’t think it’s under appreciated at all, I think it just doesn’t have that level of demand in popular culture. That doesn’t make lofi artists any less than a pop culture artist (in fact in my opinion most lofi artists are better musicians than a lot of pop culture musicians mainly because you can tell a lot of pop artists are just in it for the money)

Is lo-fi hip hop transforming the current hip hop culture? What do you think about the future of lo-fi? How will you transform with it?
I think lofi hip hop is branching out into it’s own thing rather than changing hip hop. It’s hard to change hip hop, but it happens (s/o the mumble rappers haha). Lately I’ve been trying to mix in some future sounds into my music like in my track “ginseng&honey” so I’m willing to expand out of the lo-fi comfort zone and I only hope other artists would be willing to also

I’m hoping lo-fi gets more creative, I want to see something new…
-Kudasai

Do you feel like experimenting with other fields(like electronic, etc) of lo-fi music? Do you prefer lo-fi hip hop category over any other lo-fi music?
I did try more future sounds like electronic synths, especially in my song “petals” and my EP “Solicitude” which was more future beats than lo-fi. I prefer making lo-fi over any other genre, not that I’ve tried making a lot for other genres. I love the idea of being able to have a chill, smooth sound from lofi, but also the energy from future/electronic sounds and I think I was best able to capture that in my song “first sight.”

What kind of instruments, tools, equipments, programs, and inspiration do you use when making your music?
As a college student, not much haha. I use ableton and I have an M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32 which I’m very grateful to have. Lately I’ve been using my guitar and Serum for my tracks primarily.

Would you ever think about having another interview with Loficulture? 🙂
Definitely, although I’m quite boring haha. Thanks so much for the interview I sure had fun doing it!!



END OF INTERVIEW

Thank you all! I hope you guy’s learned a little something from this week’s short interview.

*Note* 1.5% of all sales provided by the amazon links above will be donated to a Grid Alternatives. I believe that the sun can be the source for music someday. Let’s get technology for it!

That’s it for this short interview! Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about your favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it. Also, be sure to show some love to artists like Kudasai by catching them on social media!

Twitter: @kudasaibeats
Soundcloud: Kudasai
TrakTrain: kudsaibeats (leasing)
Bandcamp: kudasaibeats

Lofi Artist: Insight on RudeManners and his production.

Who is RudeManners? Why didn’t you ask sooner?
RudeManners is an upcoming musician who has recognition by others in the lo-fi community. RudeManners has worked with many of other lo-fi musicians and is a talented feature here on Loficulture. RudeManners sees the potential of the Lo-fi genre and continues to contribute the culture. RudeManners is also a talented graphic designer as seen on his instagram! We at Loficulture want to thank RudeManners for being a part of this interview.

Check out a playlist we made for our favorites from RudeManners! I’ll encourage viewers to listen to all of his music too.

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RUDEMANNERS INTERVIEW


What is your full name?
Dalton Mannerud.

What do you do on any typical day?
Most days I just go to my retail job. I then almost always go straight home to start working on music or art. For my part-time job I do freelance graphic design for extra spending money.

How old were you when you found a passion for creating lo-fi beats? How did you find that out at that age?
Well I have been playing music my whole life since I was a young kid .I got my first drum set when I was around 6. I dabbled in guitar for a couple of years but never got fully into it. In high school I was apart of the school band and played the trumpet and saxophone. Once I got a little older I found my love for electronic music which led to my career in producing. I was around 14 when me and my buddy Dylan (also known as Too Ugly) got our first copies of FL Studio. I actually first started producing dubstep in the beginning until about two years ago. I then found artists like Mr. Carmack, Esta, Tomppabeats, and more old school producers like J DIlla and Nujubes. I wanted to mix a style and found myself creating “lo-fi” with my own twist on it.

Why did you decide to pursue your lo-fi music career?
Well I always wanted to create my own sound, and I think lo-fi is something I am able to build off of to help me reach a new sound.

How long does it take to make one of your tracks if you really focus?
Hmm, well most songs I can get done in under a day. If I’m feeling super creative and inspired I can get a whole song done in a couple of hours.

 

RudeMannerism Instagram Please contact RudeManners before any use of these images

When you collab with other artists, how do you tend to divide the workload? How do you handle musicians/artists when they tell you how to produce your music?
Usually we split it 50/50. If were working with samples, ill usually chop, add synths and add effects, while I let them do drums and anything else they want to add. I’ve never actually had someone tell me how to produce so I’m not sure how I would react haha

How many people ask you for your beats and to use them for raps, songs, and other forms of creativity?
Not too many actually, maybe a couple of people a month. Most people just use it without asking

 


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For people who want to use your music for their own (rapping over it, leasing it, etc) do you normally charge a flat rate? Does it depend on the artist and the project they’re looking to make?
This actually depends, and I’m not sure if this makes me sound like an ass but I usually only want to work with artists who i’m really into and dig their music. I don’t want to work with people who’s music I don’t really like. Sometimes I will charge for beat leases but that’s rare.

 


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Where do you see the genre of lo-fi going and how do you think you’re going to transition with it/from it?

The genre itself is pretty underground still, but is slowly making its rise to popularity. It really can go in any direction at this point. It has a lot of open room for people to work with and I’m extremely excited to hear what people are going to do with it. I hope to start making more electronic lo-fi and like I mentioned before, creating my own sound.

How have you developed from being RudeManners and what has been the biggest change in your life from being this personality?
There has been so much progress since i first started RudeManenrs. I used to actually be terrible for a long time until i started taking music production seriously and started learning music theory more and studying it. The biggest change in my life has to be my appreciation for all music. I used to be quite anal when it came to music but over the time I started appreciating and understanding more music.

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Do your friends treat you differently seeing the music you’re able to create?
my friends don’t really treat me differently actually, and to think about it most people don’t really treat me differently.

What kind of instruments, tools, equipments, programs, and inspiration do you use when making your music?
I use Ableton live 9 for all my production. VSTs i use are massive, serum, and kontakt. For actually hardware I use a sp404 sometimes and use my Axiom25i mini keyboard.

Would you ever think about having another interview with Loficulture? 🙂
Of course!

END OF INTERVIEW

Thank you all for learning more about RudeManners! RudeManners was one of the first musicians that was ready for the call of action when I first started this blog. I wanted to thank him again for sparing some of his time with us.

*Note* 1.5% of all sales provided by the amazon links above will be donated to a Grid Alternatives. I believe that the sun can be the source for music someday. Lets get technology for it!

That’s it for this short interview! Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about your favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it.

That’ll be all for today! Please be sure to check out RUDEMANNERS on his Social Media! 

Tumblr: rudemanners
Instagram: rudemanners
Twitter: rudemanners
Bandcamp: rudemanners
Snapchat: @rudeman
Facebook: RudeManners
Spotify: RudeManners

Come by next week to check out our next feature 🙂

LofiHipHop’s Wave onto Instagram~

Also known as the artist “Capotal”, Instagram’s official @LofiHipHop page is a feature we’ve been only hoping to have!

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Instagram Followers: 9.5k

Loficulture’s Favorites

Lets get started!

INTERVIEW

What is your full name? Do you have a picture you’d like to share?
[*] My name is Rocco “Capotal” Vitolo, and here’s a picture of yours truly (this is promo for my latest music video, Don’t Work).
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Could you explain all of your identities on soundcloud and instagram briefly?
[*] So besides my personal music pages, I run The Lofi Hip-Hop Blog (@lofihiphop on Instagram, @lofihiphop on SoundCloud, and The Lofi Hip-Hop Blog on BandCamp), a group of social media pages centered around music curation (specifically Lofi Hip-Hop) and, in the case of my SoundCloud and BandCamp, featuring of compilations that I hold twice a year!

You seem to have multiple talents you are able to tap into such as making lo-fi beats,, being a social media handler, and being an all around producer. What advice do you have for individuals who want to pursue multiple creative paths just like you?
[*]Thank you, and while this may seem like back pedaling, I’d say the most important thing is start small and don’t spread yourself too thin. I’ve been a producer and musician for over 10 years so that all comes naturally to me now, allowing me time to be able to handle other projects and endeavors. That being said, even at this level I still wouldn’t be able to do it without careful planning and strict organization, my next word of advice. It’s always important to keep a disciplined mind and focus your time. Half of the work I do on the blog is studying the trends of my audience (through detailed analytics) and of the industry. If Instagram drops a new feature tomorrow I need to know how to use it by yesterday or else I won’t be prepared for it! Tl;dr create schedules and do your studies!

Out of all your talents as a creative mind/producer, which one of your personalities do you like to indulge in the most? Why?
[*] That’s a hard one, but I’d say the avenue I put the most work and time into is myself as an artist. I’m a trained singer (and still train) and a rapper, so I’m pretty much studying two (almost whole) days a week with my teacher and practicing on every other day. I also spend the most time developing myself and my sound. My ultimate goal is to be a well known artist, but even a solid following that I could make a living off of would be great. Otherwise, I usually do freelance producer work (making instrumentals or as a traditional producer) for side money and I work as a recording engineer at a studio in NYC, so I’d say those two come second and third, but are still very close to my heart.

Since this is mainly a lofi-themed blog i’ll ask about your current tracks that are “Lo-Fi Hiphop”. Who do you give credit to for giving you inspiration to create these tracks?
[*] That’s a tough one as well! So the easy answers are the Lofi cats; bsd.u, [slr], chuckee., motion. (the skate tape is my favorite lofi project of all time), the homie Kriracha, the guys over at Cozy Collective, Sabata, Yxng Cxmo, etc etc. There are a lot of names to drop, but those are some of the few Lofi cats off of the top of my head. Non-Lofi acts would definitely be Tribe, De La Soul, pretty much anything Motown, Brother Ali, Big L, Takako Mamiya, Junko Ohashi, and a lot more!

As Lofihiphop on IG, how do you decide on what artists and what label gets featured? Do you have a process?
[*]So my choice of features have been quite controversial at times! I do two things; I study my analytics to see what my audience likes the most and what attracts the most new followers and then choose based on those results and what I feel is up to par with my audience’s tastes. As a side note, I, along with many in the community, have been getting a bit worn down by the tropes that have been starting to develop in the community, and have been trying to feature more experimental or at least more artistically interesting Lofi, so I’d say my bar is definitely being raised. I sometimes may really enjoy an artist’s music, but if I feel it’s not what my audience would enjoy/isn’t necessarily great for the community I probably won’t feature it. I will bump it heavy, though.

Why did you start Lofihiphop on IG?
[*] So this is a complicated one. When I joined the community we were just seeing the dust fall from the Late Night Bumps era. It was right before the current boom, but it was starting to build in popularity. Oddly enough, the community was beginning to become stale, though. Not long after I decided to host the first r/LofiHipHop Presents: tape, “Rainy Night Blues”, to get people involved and discussing in the hopes of creating a cycle that could help build up more artists (a community that is connected can help make artists known, and those known artists in turn help the community become known). The second part of the plan was to start introducing the world to the community to build it up and make it more accessible. Granted, I had high hopes and didn’t expect Chilled Cow to do it for me not long after, but alas I created the Instagram to handle that front. Funny enough, my goal wasn’t quite met, but a lot of people daily tell me I’m how they found the sound!

What is your typical schedule like on any given day?
[*]So besides the madness that is being an engineer, a freelancer, and trying to build my brand as an artist, I tend to end every day by going through my submissions and listening to a lot of Lofi. I always make my videos when I get home (usually about 10-11pm every night) as to be able to check as many submissions as possible. As you can probably imagine, I have little to no social life outside of the music world anymore!

How many and what type of people message you on Instagram and Soundcloud? How do you deal with these different types of viewers?
[*] Oh man, a lot. On average I get at least 15-20 Instagram DMs a day. That’s not counting emails and SoundCloud messages. Usually everyone is really awesome and enthusiastic about the page, but every once and a while someone gets out of line. Overall I’d say my followers are the best! It’s also very important to me to interact and get to know my followers, I’ve even made a lot of friends!

In regards to your Lo-fi tracks, what kind of instruments, equipments, and software did you use in making your sounds?
[*] When making my Lofi tracks I try to tow the line between experimenting and making accessible enough music for new listeners to enjoy. I intend on being the artist that people get into before jumping down the rabbit hole. That being said, I’ve molded my set up around that. I sample off of vinyls and have various instruments, all are implemented to varying degrees when making tracks. When it comes to software I mainly use Logic Pro 9 to make the beats and Pro Tools to mix/master. I also use Pro Tools to record vocals and such over them, but y’all haven’t really heard any of my Lofi tunes with vocals yet, as I’ve either not released them at the moment or have been slyly dropping them here and there for you to find!

Would you consider doing another interview with Loficulture again? :^)
[*] Of course!

I’ve had a great time answering these, it was a lot of fun and I really appreciate what you’re doing for the community!” -Lofihiphop

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Thank you for that LofiHipHop! I’m glad you had as much fun as we did while interviewing you. These interviews have been nothing short of great so I’d also like to thank all those people who’ve been checking it out lately! Loficulture will always welcome all Lo-Fi heads.

*Note* 1.5% of all sales provided by the amazon links above will be donated to a Renewable Energy Charity. I believe that the sun can be the source for music someday. Lets get technology for it!

That’s it for this short interview! Thanks for taking a minute to find out more about your favorite musician. Email me @loficulturenow@gmail.com and let me know what you thought about it.

IF YOU LIKED OUR INTERVIEW WITH IG’S LOFIHIPHOP THEN BE SURE TO FIND HIM ON HIS OTHER PLATFORMS!

Lofihiphop
Ig: lofihiphop
Soundcloud: lofihiphop
Bandcamp: lofihiphopblog

Capotal
Soundcloud: Capotal
Youtube: Catopal
Instagram: Capotal
Facebook: Capotal

Elijah who welcomes whoever!

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

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39.1k Followers on Soundcloud
SoundCloud plays per song average: 85.5k plays per song.
33k Subscribers on Youtube
Numbers are subject to change

Let’s begin the questioning! 🙂

INTERVIEW

“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 :^)
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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 :^)) ”
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