The Artist Eljay - 10 Questions Music Interview
ElJay Williams Jr. (Born December 18th, 1983), aka El-Jay or The Artist ElJay, is an American singer, songwriter, writer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and actor. Born the son of Veronica M. Ashley and El-Jay Williams Sr., The Artist ElJay is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Loyal to his roots, he draws from his experiencing while keeping his vision on the global music scene. In late 2018, The Artist ElJay created his first full EP titled Melody. Today, ElJay brushes off his notepad and gathers edgy beats to bring his hot new EP, Champion, to his fans and the world. With exceptional talent, unrelenting drive, and passion driven by purpose, it’s only a matter of time before The Artist ElJay reaches the limelight.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I wouldn’t say there was one particular thing that made me start writing. It was just something that was always in me. While kids were outside playing, I was writing. Whether it was writing music or screen/stage plays. It really has been a God given gift.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
At my first EP release in 2018 of “Melody”, I was in the middle of a wardrobe change and heard my song come on, I was suppose to be on the stage when my song came on to sing a melody, but wasn’t on stage. So, I just turned on the mic while still backstage and started singing. As soon as I was fully dressed I walked out like nothing happened and believe it or not no one knew I skipped a beat.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being that I’m a new artist there’s not too many high points. But one that comes to mind is having the opportunity to work with Grammy Nominated Joseph “Jo Blaq” Macklin. He has wrote for some of everyone including Jill Scott, and Latoya Lockett, just to name a few.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I normally start with the music. I like to listen to a track first to see what type of mood it puts me in. I don’t want to write a love song to something that seems like a party track. From there I just use my current experiences or experience I see people close to me go through and write so that the lyrics can be relatable to the listening artist.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I would say the biggest challenge for indie artist is the knowledge on how to promote ourselves and the distribution outlets. It’s extra harder for indie artist because of not always having the resources at our fingertips as main stream. We have to work extra hard to get our music heard. Not a bad thing because it test the artist and how bad they want it, but a challenge nonetheless.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would probably say Beyoncé. I love her artistry, hard work, passion, and perfection. Her energy is infectious. I believe we would do damage on stage together. *wink *wink
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
For live shows I’m usually running two to three rehearsals weekly at once. So I’ll have a band rehearsal on one day, dance rehearsal on another day, and board or creative team meeting on another day. Then for the last two weeks I’ll bring everyone together to run the show until opening night or show night. It’s a lot of hard work but fun at the same time because we all become a family during a short time.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I would probably say Drip’n. This song has a lot of metaphors and hidden meanings. The listener would have to really listen to the lyrics to understand that I was spitting lol. This indeed pushes me as a writer to be more creative lyrically.
What's coming up in the future?
As of July 15th I will be officially releasing my EP “Champion”, a five song EP that speaks about winning and how winning looks different to everyone. I’m also preparing a show on that same day at The Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO. at 6:00pm. My followers can get tickets at eventbrite.com
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can listen to my music at Reverbnation or on all social media sites @TheArtistElJay1