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Producer Elite chats with “On the Come Up” about his first-class sound.
Where are you originally from?
Elite: Byram, CT - right on the border of Connecticut and New York.
What was your first introduction to the music industry?
E: When I was 17 I took my first college course at SUNY Purchase to study music abroad in Spain. Part of the course entailed putting on shows in local night clubs. We had a bunch of live musicians just play old hip-hop beats and I would just kick verses. On the trip was Alimah Deen, the sister of Dee and Wah (CEOs of Ruff Ryders). She saw me perform and took me to her brothers when we got back home. At first I was interning at Powerhouse Studios, but then I would play the beats I had been making for myself for people. My first placement ended up being for Drag-On on theCradle 2 The Grave soundtrack - a song called, “Fireman.”
You have worked extensively with J. Cole. How did you get the opportunity to work with J. Cole? How was your experience working with him?
E: Me and Cole have been friends since we were young, and [have] been working together for a long time. I always believed in his talent since he was like, 15 or 16. He would send me songs that were way ahead of his time. It’s been a privilege to get to witness and be a part of his growth over the years. Working with Cole is great. We speak the same language, musically. I always have full confidence in him bringing out the full potential of my production. That’s rare. Plus, we get to work together in the studio hands-on instead of just emailing tracks back and forth. If I can get in the studio with an artist, I feel like it’s impossible to fail. The vibe will create the music itself.
What are you currently working on?
E: I just released my first mixtape as an artist titled, Awaken. I’m working on my follow-up along with Cole’s second album. I have an artist that I’m about to sign too. He is an incredible songwriter and singer. It’s a whole new challenge working with him because it’s a different genre - like an indie rock/pop thing, but I’m really excited about it.
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