E'LA is an Artist/Songwriter. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he has been doing music for Six years with four projects out at the current moment. When not in the studio, E'LA is constantly writing and perfecting his craft. His goal
with his music is to unify and inspire people to have a better outlook on their life and dreams. He believes anything you want in life, you can have as long as you invest in yourself and put in the work.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
The musical genre that best describe my music is hip hop,pop and urban with a twist of story telling, My sound is best described as free flowing like the ocean, very different and unique.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
The first part of my name is a combination of my grandmothers name and my cousins name. They both passed away a few months apart from each other in 2011. The second part of my name is Carter which is how I see myself in music, it set the tone for me. Most people with the last name Carter are great people and they have character and integrity and that is how I see myself.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My musical influences are KRS-One, Scarface, Jay Z, Rakim, Andre 3000. And most recent influences are Drake and Big Sean.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am working on my mixtape The Manifest and the EP called How Can I Leave You. I don't have any future collaborations at the moment but I am open and looking forward to collaborating with artists in the near future.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the Music Industry is to let people know there is nothing wrong with being different. I want to bring back diversity, different styles of music as well as different sounds of music. My plan is to create music that is still up to date but also out of the box or out of the norm that would still be relatable in today’s world.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track is Little Boy Fresh and I can't wait to perform that track because the lyrics just really come to life and it gives me chills, it gets me hyped and it is very motivating. its a great story telling song. I feel like the fans would definitely love it.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
My biggest challenge is to get a big machine behind me that can push me to my best potential. Being independent is good but you need a great team behind you to become great also.
I think on one hand people know my music but on the other hand i am still a mystery.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My typical songwriting process is that I listen to a beat at least three times all the way through.
The first time listening is to get a fill of the actual beat.
The second time is catching certain notes and elements that stand out.
The third time is free styling and brain storming to the notes and elements inside the beat.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media influenced my career because it gave me a platform so that people all over would be able to hear and or listen to my music and know who I am as an artist like putting a face to a name. My social media also provides feedback whether good or bad to let me know if they like or dislike my music.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Some tracks and artists currently on my playlist is Kendrick, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Jay Z, Big Sean, Tupac, 6lack, and J Cole.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Before music I was singing karaoke, running track, playing football and writing poetry.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My advice to young people pursuing music would be to stay focused on your dream, network when you can, and don't let anyone tell you that you can't succeed. I would tell them that it is ok to be different and to not think of yourself as weird but that you are a blessing because your uniqueness is what will make you stand out from the rest.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
If I were a top music executive I would change how record labels don't listen to music unless it comes through an agent. You maybe missing out on a great artist just because they don't have the financial backing to have a agent to get the music to the right places or through the right doors.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is everything. I feel you have to stand out from the rest - you have to be an original artist, like a walking goldmine. You definitely get noticed by being original.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?:
I would just like to say thanks for this opportunity for interviewing me and giving me this platform I greatly appreciate it. I am open to collaborating with other artists in the near future. Please take the time out to listen to my music and check out my social media pages and provide me any feedback that you may have. Thank you!
Websites or Social Media Pages:
Youtube: E’LA Carter Vevo
Soundcloud: E’LA Carter