CAPS LOCK CREW and Minds Alike Collective badman Elevate has been dropping tracks full of vibes left and right. His latest offering on New York based label Onamazu’s single series is no exception. I recently had a chance to catch up with Elevate and get inside his head some…
Who are your biggest influences and motivators that led to you to the style you’ve developed?
My biggest influence in making hip hop beats came from Mr. Carmack, Kaytranada, Mnd dsgn, MF Doom, Madlib, & Hucci. I know it’s a very wide range of artists but honestly, I listen to everything. I’ve been listening to instrumental hip hop for a long while and have been producing it for 3 years, moving more into trap & hybrid stuff this past year. Witnessing Carmack and various others progress throughout these last few years was surreal – I was very inspired to create my own wave after seeing how influential beat music, and electronic music in general, can be
What is your proudest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement would definitely be releasing Unnecessary with my good friend, Matstubs. The track came out with his Sonder EP, which was a massive success. The EP was a well-designed and perfectly flowing piece of music and also had an incredible & carefully executed promo-plan. All proceeds from the record went to helping out the homeless people in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) & Hamilton, where Matt Stubbs is from. A very good thing was done here and I’m really glad to be a part of it.
Tell me about being involved with CAPS LOCK CREW. How did that relationship originate?
ToDieFor & I were introduced to Kurk Kokane little over a month ago, we heard from a friend he was looking for new members to CAPS LOCK CREW. We both already knew of the moniker and were excited to apply for a position. CAPS LOCK CREW is very new to me, yet it feels like a good, new, home. Everyone involved is very intelligent and talented, we have an incredible team that has cooked up some very forward-thinking plans for the upcoming seasons. I’m really excited to be doing more work with the team as a whole; it’s quite inspiring.
Who do you want to collaborate most with?
I have a long list of people who I would like to collaborate with, a few of them are Luzcid, Dakat, Marshall, Wuzu, & G-Rex. They are all killing it right now, I’m always excited to hear a new tune from each of them.
Where do you see your sound in a couple of years?
Honestly, I cannot say where I can see my sound going in a couple years. It all depends on my life experiences to be honest. The things happening in my daily life heavily affect the way my music sounds and its energy levels. All I know is I will definitely still be making music in the next 2 or 3 years.
Do you have any advice, tips, hacks, sushi recipes you’d like to share?
My biggest tip for anyone is just go with the flow while you’re writing. Play with everything, get creative and don’t stop trying to make new & interesting sounds. Don’t make music that sounds like everyone else, just make music that you want to hear and that’s really all that matters.
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