Sunday, April 21, 2013

4/20 Show Recap: An Interview with D. Elles

D.Elles and Delano Taylor - Flowers 4 Zoe

D.Elles is an Austin native and a rising star in the ATX hip-hop community. From his beginnings under the name “Elles Infanit”, he has quickly captured the attention of other local artists in the span of just a few years. His sophomore project, “Flowers for Zoe” was inspired when Elles was told he was going to be a father. In light of the Lenny Kravitz song, “Flowers for Zoe” is birthed from the hopes for his child. Many of the songs subliminally suggest that Elles is deliberating his success as a future parent, growing up as an outcast himself. He speaks on the importance of clutching on to his individuality in spite of what the world perceives as popular, speaking on himself as “somewhere between Common and Straight Outta Compton”. Delano Taylor provides a symphony of production for all types of tracks: grungy garage band drum kits, old and soulful R&B samples, and even 8-bit tones for electronic sounding beats. Elles evokes a grungy, washiness himself; using distortion on his vocals for every track and giving his sound that “tape” feel. Notable features include Austin’s own PC and Alesia Lani.

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