Bonnaroo 2017- A Loophole To Reality

Exclusive Interview with Eliot Lipp

AmberLynn Anderson & Taylor Reed

Overall, Eliot Lipp is an extremely kind and humble artist who knows how to throw down. I saw him play at Roo this year and I was in awe. I’ve come to understand that vinyl sets are extremely difficult yet he was able to master it with ease and shier artistry! I’m extremely happy I got to sit down with him this year and was happy to find that he is down to earth and easy to relate to. Our interview was insightful and his vision and plan for his music in the future is without a doubt going to be unstoppable.   This is what Elliot shared up with us.     Raver: “Do you have any pre-show rituals?   EL: “Not since I quit smoking cigarettes. That would be my thing, I always used to have a cigarette before I went on stage, and I don’t really have any pre-show rituals. I try to get focused, lots of caffeine.”   Raver: “Are you nervous to play?”   EL: “I am a little nervous because I’m playing vinyl. So vinyl is like technically always gives you problems, whether it’s the turntables, or the mixer, or the tone arms, or the needles, but I am really excited about the record selection I brought. I have a lot of really good music that I brought, so I’m really excited about the set that I’m going to play! I’m not really nervous, I usually play on my laptop or CDJs but this trip I brought records. So, I’m a little nervous about technical difficulties that are likely to happen but I’ll just power through it!” Raver: “How would you correct your technical difficulties?”   EL: “It depends on what it is. I’ve had to do all kinds of shit during sets, one time I had to plug in two mixers, because only one channel was working on one and then instead of cross fading I had to just do volumes on the two different mixers. One time I had to plug in my phone because one of the turntables stopped working but I still wanted to blend from song to song. DJing is really easy, you just have to play a song and pick the next one out before this one’s done playing, and then you start the next one.” Raver: “Who are you most excited to see this year at Roo?”   EL: “Probably Chance The Rapper, G Jones, Herobust, and Rezz! Chance is probably who I’m most excited to see and I’ve never seen Rezz before.”   Raver: “So you’re playing the Silent Disco, what’s the difference between a Silent Disco set and a normal set and which do you prefer?”   EL: “I think I prefer a normal set, they’re both really fun though. What I like about a Silent Disco set is that you can play a set that’s a little headier because it’s not about the body absorbing the sound. Like if I’m playing on a big system with subs and people are feeling the bass and feeling the music and you get to focus on different types of music and different kinds of songs. But if it’s just headphone music, then I can play different styles. I’m not as concerned with the low frequencies so I play a little more upbeat stuff, funky stuff. Like I’ll be playing more like house and old school hip-hop. They’re two totally different ways to Dj.”   Raver: “Do you plan on doing any collab with any other artists?”   EL: “Oh, this weekend? I don’t have anything planned…but I am staying in an RV with Jason Huber of Cherub and he’s always curetting super jams and stuff like that. We’re gonna be doing some back to back Dj sets and some improve too.”   Raver: “What is your most meaningful song and why?”   EL: “On my very first album, I have a song called ‘Link’ that I made in like an hour. My self titled album, like the first one I ever put out. I always felt like that was really meaningful, it’s not like the best or anything but it happened so quick and was one that just poured outta me. I wasn’t making a lot of songs at that point, so it was easy to just sit down and work. Sometimes I’ll just get a process down and I’ll work a lot and that was one of the songs that just like busted out. I felt like it wasn’t that good at first, like I just made this song in an hour but I went back and listened to it one more time and the more I listened to it, it became one of my favorite songs! But I always thought that one was special because it just poured out.”   Raver: “Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists?”   EL: “I think that being a perfectionist can…I mean everybody wants their shit to sound as good as possible and they want their music to be as good as it can possibly be but I wish somebody would have given me advice on getting hung up on like making it perfect. I wasted a lot of time trying to make shit perfect when I was first coming up, or like someone would ask for a demo or a label and would be like ‘Show us your music’ and I’d spend weeks and weeks and weeks trying to make something when they just want hear you, they want hear your voice. So just get that across and that’s probably more important than having like something that sounds like it’s professionally mastered.”  ]]]]> ]]>