DRIP DROPS of HIP-HOP from CHATTANOOGA
By Sammy Lowdermilk
The magical tones of Elijah Dax seep into your soul and they never leave. I'm convinced that the whole world will soon hear his voice. Get to know Elijah Dax and his music because big things are coming!
We've talked about linking up for some time and finally made the connection for a little Q&A. Check out his interview and bend your ear to his music below!
1. When did you start doing music and was the initial inspiration?
I was singing in church as far back as I can remember. My grandmother and all her kids(Dad’s side) played and preached in the Pentecostal church since I was a baby. So I grew up hearing them scream and holler very soulfully while smashing on instruments and speaking in tongues.
My mom can also sing and play the keys. Her mom is amazing at both of those as well. But the grandparents on that side were stoner hippies back in the day and growing up they played cats like the Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi, The Pointer Sisters, Michael, James brown, the Eagles, etc. But what really hit me was the black artists like Michael, Aretha, Whitney and James Brown. The way they sang and made me feel was clearly just something I needed in my life.
The initial song that blew my mind as a tot was “Baby I Need Your Lovin by The Four Tops.” I saw that it was all men but I could’ve sworn there was a girls voice singing that screeching falsetto. I loved that and then I became obsessed with Michael Jackson. My pappy put literally anytime he was on a screen on VHS for me and I watched every night.
2. What is the vibe like in the Flock House and how have you enjoyed working with EC?
The Flock house are my brothers and we keep each other accountable. We ball weekly or throw the frisbee etc. Trying to not be fat asses and bums. And if a song or mentality is trash we attack the idea of that song or mentality existing.
We’re all brilliant artists so obviously we smoke and drink too much. But it’s all love and creative collaboration. 3 yrs ago I never thought I'd be chilling with ppl I saw as the blueprint, like Isaiah Rashad. He’s such a sweet guy and such a brilliant mind & hands gems out when you want to listen. Then Tut is the homie and makes great music. Watching him finish projects here was something i took a lot from.
It’s just a literal hub for artists passing thru to work or chill like Muscle Shoals or any studio in a beautiful forest-type area. It will go down in history and be highly respected in the long-run.
I came here because Phil McClain and Swayyvo (my favorite fucking artists) brought me in and immediately we started working. I didn’t have much music on the drive and I just wanted to be apart of anything I liked. So they immediately became my bros.
EC was skeptical as hell until I wrote and did this one hook for Swayy. EC and I quickly became tight and working with him is super natural and just flows. We have the same birthday and, in a way, we look for similar types of emotion, chord progressions, and writing styles that we get out of music. We have different opinions, sure. But the goal is the same. We’re gonna throw a big ass show this year for the birthday. July 13th. You’re invited.
3. What does your creative process look like?
My creative process is so scattered and so weird. Something either makes sense or it doesn’t. And it comes in waves. This question kind of makes my head spin because it’s so interconnected with my personal thoughts and airheaded daydream worlds.
Sometimes I’ll be at work trying to make the best of it and a harmonic blast of sound will hit me coming from compressing my feelings of driving there or being there. So I’ll go up to the mic out of depression and I’ll just layer a bunch of harmonies that sound fucking incredible. Then I’ll come back to it and talk about anything ranging from a sad story about my childhood to eating ass.
I’ve been seeing a lot of cardinals around the crib lately and every time I see one of those birds out the window elegantly swoop onto a branch, I at least have a phrase or a few words hit me out of nowhere. I’ve written like 3 songs that way lately. It’s so weird.
4. What do you want to achieve with your music career?
Relation. I want to relate and feel things with everyone on the planet. It’s so sad that we don’t see we’re all so much more alike than different. If I can bring people(white people mainly) to say fuck racism while shaking their ass and crying. Then that’s when I’ll be happy to die.
5. Who do you write music for?
I want to make music for the kids who think too much and lay in bed on youtube until 4 am with school to go to at 7 just studying their favorite artists, the layers, the ad-libs, the chords mainly. Like I did Kanye, JT, Chris Brown, Pharrell, Odd Future. But I want my dad to show his homies. And then Sammy, I want your family to love my sounds and play them at home while firing up the grill. You know I want everyone in sync. Me being vulnerable and hopefully helping their mental state.
6. What have been the challenges in your music career so far?
My challenge has been inescapable slippery slopes of mental pits. That is a challenge but it’s definitely not a weakness and will probably help in some kind of way down the road.
7. What's in store for 2019? Any new music from Elijah Daxx?
I don’t want to say too much. But I’ll drop 3 or 4 big projects by next January. One is going to be with my dawg Phil McClain. We make fucking tight music together. And I’ll appear on some artists that everyone loves projects as well. It’s looking like what I wanted it to look like years ago.
8. What's the first music you ever purchased with your own money?
I bought Street Love by Lloyd when i was like 10. Still a classic.
9. If you're in the car, enjoying a nice day, what song is playing?
One of mine or Frank Oceans songs. Or maybe a cut from something deep in the vault of my mind. Idk.
10. Rapid fire questions:
-Favorite game (board, card, or video game): The FIFA, 2K, or Madden that I’m used to at the moment.
-What you love most about Chattanooga: I love the nature so fucking much. The wings are solid too.
-Childhood toy you wish you still had: I wish i still had a fucking trampoline. So many memories made on my trampoline growing up bro.
-Surprising fact about you: Uhhh... i wouldn’t be here if a priest in Sicily didn’t bang the maid of the church and have my great-great grandfather.
-Live in one place with one person forever, who and where? I would live in a big ass cabin mansion type house near the Ocoee river that you can only get to by landing a helicopter. With hopefully a wife that is also my best friend. Whoever that may be.
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