What's your name? How did you get started?
Hey, my name is Easy Ell. I got started in music when I was in high school. I always had a fascination with music, especially producing when I was younger, but I didn't know how to get started until a friend introduced me to the program Fruity Loops. I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. I grew up listening to a lot of Hip-Hop music, but I also grew up with a lot of Latin music because that's what was played a lot in my house and also pop music because my Mom loved it. Eventually, I was introduced to rock music by my older sister, which opened up my ears to a whole new place to explore, but I mostly had a connection with
Hip-Hop and Pop. I started making music because I came across 9th Wonder, who was my first real influence in music and made me want to make music as he did. The soulful vibe that he created connected with me and it made me want to create music just like him. It touched my soul and I had this feeling that it was my purpose to make music. It was also an outlet for expressing myself because I've never been good with words all that much, but producing felt like I was saying how I felt without saying anything. I love making music because it feels I'm free in my soul and I'm bringing ideas in my head to life. I got started back in 2007, but I didn't start taking it seriously until 2010 for producing, and for singing, I didn't start taking it seriously until 2019.
Some of my biggest moments so far have been when I got to meet 9th Wonder and talk to him about producing/how he got into/advice when it comes to working in the music industry. I also got to go on tour with Big Krit back in 2018 and it was important for me because I learned so much about the industry and how much goes into touring. It also showed me that you can still be yourself and succeed. You don't have to "sell-out". Lastly, meeting DJ Burn One when I moved to Atlanta was also one of the most important moments in my life because he showed me how to not follow trends, but instead create your own sound. Find yourself in the music and not try to be someone you're not because people can tell if you're faking it.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I have a little experience in the industry due to touring with Big Krit and working with DJ Burn One a lot and hearing them talk about their experiences and sharing their knowledge. However, I don't have any formal training. I learned to play the piano by ear and then, as time went on I picked up learning scales/chords on my own and from friends. If I don't know anything or if I'm trying to learn something, I just go to YouTube University. It has everything to get you started and there's so many creatives sharing gems.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
It's so funny because early on in my career most of my achievements were related to shooting videos/photos for/of big artists, such as Gucci Mane, Zaytoven, Future, Big Kri
t, T.I., Miguel, etc., but it almost feels like my music career is just taking off now. I'm a part of Coolassppl and we got so many talented artists/producers here. I'm usually collaborating with everyone from the group, but I'm looking to produce for more singers as I continue.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influences growing up were 9th Wonder, J Dilla, Prince, Joe, Kanye West, Nas, & MF Doom because they all had their own style that connected with me and opened up my brain to all of the possibilities of where music could go. These days, I tend to listen to Toro y Moi, Sampha, JMSN, J Dilla, Nas, Pusha T, and Joe to name a few. I listen to them because it gives me an idea of where I can be as an artist and the music is dope. I connect with them.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
To be honest, one of the biggest obstacles I faced was myself. Getting out my own way and just creating what feels right to me. I had to learn how to not be so critical of myself and the things I created.
How would you describe your sound and style?
That's a hard question lol. I would say chill with a bit of soul.
What are some of your goals this year?
Some of my goals are to drop 3 beat tapes and 2 EPs as an artist.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
That's so tough! I want to work with Toro y Moi, Sampha, & 9th Wonder.
What is your creative process like?
Lately, it's been starting with me just playing the piano and just playing. I usually create a chord progression and then start to see what it sounds like with different sounds. Once I get a sound I like I start adding more sounds on top to compliment it and then I get into the drums.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Shrimp Fried Rice with a spring roll is always clutch or shrimp quesadilla with a side of rice and beans!