Bold. Vibrant. Enigmatic, yet in your face creative communication of emotion as a means of intense lyrics. Eli Yenskii is the mastermind behind the EP,”3/8”, that is currently out on all streaming sites. Versatile in style, Eli gives listeners something to relate to. Not like most of your cookie cutter rappers that are out now. He takes it there with I.D.K.U and takes it even further with Black Magik. I urge you to check it out. I took a little time out to sit and ask Eli a few questions.
Let’s get to it. Why did you start in music?
Honestly, music has always been the only thing that felt natural. I wasn’t good at sports, I wasn’t really great academically, but there was just something about being on the stage and singing that felt so right for me. It later became more of an escape from my everyday life because I was picked on a lot in school for being “different”.
How would you describe your music?
That’s a good question! honestly I feel like my music is always changing so the styles often vary. It’s hard to think of a specific description, but I can say that my music is like nothing out today, ( that I’ve heard).
Why should people care about you in your career?
I won’t tell anyone why they should care about me, or my career; But I will say that I’m one of the few independent or mainstream artists, that I know, who is completely self-made/produced. This means that everything from beats, to lyrics, to recording, to choreography, etc… ALL come from me. I don’t have a big machine backing me nor do I have million dollar sponsors!
What do you want people to feel when they hear your music?
I want them to feel a sense of freedom, love and self-worth. I want them to feel like they could be having the worst year ever, and it all goes away when they hear my music. That’s the way I feel when I’m creating it.
What is your perspective in the current state of social media and music?
I feel like social media plays a HUGE role in today’s music industry. It’s very difficult to be successful in a music career without a firm social standing. However,social media can be very dangerous and invasive also. It just depends on how you use it.
What do you think would help the music industry survive?
New artists! Supporting and uplifting new talent constantly keeps the music industry fresh and up to date on current perspectives. I believe the industry should continue to reach out to new and upcoming artists often and truly nurture their talent. Everyone who is successful today, was “just starting” at some point and someone gave them a chance.
Who are your musical influences?
I guess it’s pretty obvious (if you listen to my music), that some of my biggest inspirations are artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Gaga and Michael. However, a lot of people may not know that I am also heavily inspired by vocalists like Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Prince.
Is this a hobby or a career for you?
Neither, music is my LIFE.
What is your five year music plan?
A few Grammys would be nice, but I really want to start my own label and develop other artists (at some point).
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a continuation of my first EP. It’s called 3/8 pt 2. I’m also working on other music for future projects and a few visuals.
Interview by @JustKendraKay