“I’m an artist that fuses genres together to make one genre. So what I do is I listen to different music, music from each generation and I incorporate genres together because artists like to just stick to one thing and I don’t.”
Check out the interview with Eli Purks exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Eli Purks: I’ve been wanting to get into show business since I was about five years old, but I really started taking it serious when I was around sixteen. My buddies and I in high school would all go to my best friend’s house because he had a “studio” set up in his house and at the time we thought that was so cool. We would record all night after school and on the weekends we would be over there from sun up to sun down; doing that made me really want to get my career in music going.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Social media of course. Social media is key now because that’s kind of all there is. You can create buzz on social media and when you go out to perform the people who connect with you will come out; it’s amazing. There’s so many outlets now to promote yourself on the internet. 10 years ago the internet wasn’t really a big deal. A record company promoted the artist, but now an artist can promote themselves because of technology.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
There’s a lot of competition, a lot of artists are doing their thing, and it’s hard trying to be different and not try to sound like what’s out. I’m an artist that fuses genres together to make one genre. So what I do is I listen to different music, music from each generation and I incorporate genres together because artists like to just stick to one thing and I don’t.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I’m from San Antonio, Texas and from what I see the music scene here is very hip hop. What I like about it is that artists are making a name for themselves locally and doing their thing. I don’t have a dislike for the music scene here. I think it’s cool and I applaud everyone for doing their own thing, whether it’s making beats, producing, rapping, whatever. A lot of these artists and producers that are in the music scene here I grew up with and went to school with; so that’s really cool.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Honestly, who knows where music will be in the future. I just hope that it’ll still be a part of people’s lives and that it can still make artists a living. I do feel there will be more independent labels. I feel like huge record companies will still play a main factor, but I think indie labels and indie artists will take the main seat. I just hope that artists will get more involved artistically in what they’re doing.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I think the main thing is just staying true to yourself, be goal oriented, be ambitious, think outside the box, stick to your instincts, don’t listen to the word no, and don’t give up. I think it’s important to have mentors and to learn from them and don’t think you know it all. Learning and soaking up information will help in the long run.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Everything inspires me: life, heartbreak, love, having fun with my friends, etc. I will be doing things in my day to day life and I say to myself, “Hey that would make a great song.” Just the little things in life.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First I send my producer ideas, he brings in people who play instruments. My favorite being guitar, bass, and drums. He works on the songs for about a month or so and he sends me the beats and I collaborate with him and a songwriter. Then I go in the studio. It’s a very fun and exciting process.
What do you think makes a great song?
A catchy hook, catchy lyrics, and a catchy beat. Catchy is key. If you can make people sing along to your song then you have a hit record because a catchy song will sell; just saying.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Facebook: @Eli Purks