“… now I see more musicians having concerts here which I love.”
Check out the interview with Elias exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Elias: I first started with my friends around my neighborhood of Park Heights. We started making beats and freestyling to them for fun at first. This was around early 2000’s. At I started to write more and come up with whole songs and concepts for hooks that were real catchy or anthem like, seductive and emotional. I came up with the Legend In The Making series and drop the very first mixtape in the summer of 2007. Now I plan to release 3 new projects under my new moniker Elias.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t give up no matter what. You gotta have faith in whatever you do and work hard. Live, breathe, and eat what you love so it doesn’t feel like work. Just enjoy life and live right. Shoot for the stars.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Trying to figure out when to just let it go and not give a fuck.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media, personal connections, good music and quality – sometimes.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Baltimore has a lot of good musicians that I’m sad to say won’t get recognized if we don’t step out of our city. There’s some real talent here. Last time we were in the spotlight it was because of Dru-Hill, but now I see more musicians having concerts here which I love. Now I don’t have to travel far for a good show from my favorite artists.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
At this very moment I would like to be somewhere I haven’t been before doing what I love and enjoying my life with my son and the people I cherish the most. Hopefully on tour or somewhere on vacation.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I look up to most of all is my mom, I watched her go through a lot in my life and I want to see her happy and care free. My son is my biggest inspiration, I do it all for him and me. I look up to people who are deep down to earth and I feel I can relate to such as Jay Z, Jeezy, T.I., Ludacris, J. Cole, Kendrick, Big Sean, Big Krit, 2 Chainz, and Chance the Rapper just to name a few.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some of it is ok and some is just trash, like there’s no concept, no story, no rhymes, no thought at all. It’s just a hard beat and someone barely speaking over the beat. It’s cool if you want to just dumb out, but I like for my rappers to tell a story, make me think about something different, or change my view on life or I can relate too.