TP Mix #127 – Elijah Nang
Elijah Nang aka Audio of Eli is an Audio Novelist and visualiser based in London, United Kingdom.
In his music, you will find a frequent homage to East Asian culture and his sound crafts a new niche in the lofi hip-hop genre, a mixture of electronica with Japanese influences, something he often refers to as japtronica.
Elijah listened to a lot of music like Grime and House growing up, then he transitioned to Hip-hop, Jazz and Ambient. Artists like Fat Jon, Nujabes, Jdilla, and Bob, plus a few composers, have helped him carve a unique sound for himself.
Set the tone for us. Why the arts?
My art helps me to formulate a story and it also helps me to escape from reality.
Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?
Sound, I just make anything then the idea comes after.
Does your material feature any collaborations?
What’s on your current playlist?
My current playlist is filled with original soundtracks from films, ambient and lofi hip hop.
Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.
I think we love the Japanese and Anime culture that’s what brings us together.
What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound? *
Sidechaning, Panning and Eqing.
Take us through a day in the recording studio.
I spend at least 1-2 hrs listening to a particular genre of music before I get started on a track itself, then finally while mixing I will tend to watch tutorials as well at the same time.
Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?
When one of my tracks on Soundcloud got reposted, I knew I could do this.
What do you keep close by while you’re playing a set?
Any emerging artists on your radar?
Probably guys that i’ve worked with such as Kalaido, WEI and that’s just to name a few.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Manga, Anime, Films, Games and tutorials on plugins
Take us through your collection of gear, tech or software that accompanies your creative expression.
My gear is quite minimal, simply I have a Maschine MK 2 and a midi keyboard. For software I use Maschine 2 and Logic pro x respectively.
Any side projects you’re working on?
Yes I’m working on an audiobook.
How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry?
Definitely, I’ve gotten a better understanding in terms of mixing.
Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you this year?
Famous last words?
I’m going to change the world.
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