BY HENRY LYONS
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Creative ideas exist on a higher level than a specific product - a chef can be inspired by a painting as much as a recipe. The medium might be different, but the core idea will translate and manifest. My goal is to give you a personal introduction to songwriters and music producers. We will learn more about what inspires them and explore the different mediums that influence their craft.
A new profile is published every Tuesday.
This week, meet Elijah Scarlett, a 20-year old producer living in Manhattan’s East Village. Already successful on Soundcloud for his own electronic music, Elijah was recently pushed into the spotlight for his work on “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” the first track on J. Cole’s recent album, 4 Your Eyez Only. Elijah regularly releases his own music via Soundcloud.
“I love cartoons. It’s my favorite shit ever. It’s what got me into comics and super heroes which I also really love. They inspire me because I always thought making music is kind of like a super power. You can make anything, and make people feel a certain way.”
"He’s a bad motherfucker. He does these simple stick figure drawings, he animates it all by hand. And he tells these really sad stories about people and humanity. It’s all really beautiful. And you can tell that it’s all him, that he made it all himself. That’s why I think it’s so cool – and the stories really affect me, too.”
New EP “Heart” - Released under pseudonym Doon Kanda
“I heard it and right away felt the need to produce something. It fits into certain genres, but it’s still its own thing. It’s one of those situations where I’m thinking, I could have done that and made something cool, which is part of why it’s inspiring to me.”