Eli Brown has firmly established himself as a presence in the world of house music. His ability to craft gritty raw club-ready hits such as ‘Brazil’ (Repopulate Mars), ‘Inside My Head’ (Black Book Records) ‘Our Love’ (Truesoul) and ‘BS48’ (Big Beat) demonstrate why he is held in such high regard by fans and peers. Including support from titans of the scene Annie Mac, Carl Cox, Green Velvet, Fisher, Claude VonStroke, The Blessed Madonna, Denis Sulta and Calvin Harris, leading to a collaboration with Love Regenerator (Calvin Harris) for “Moving”.
Lockdown saw a shift into the techno world for Eli, demonstrating his versatility as a producer with further hits “Immortal,” “Killer,” “NRG,” and “Desire” with the latter productions part of his recently announced “Unlocked” project and tour.
We had the pleasure of catching up with this enigmatic talent to talk about his influences, what he has been up to over lockdown and his favourite places to DJ.
Hey Eli, welcome to Mr Afterparty. For those of our readers who might not know who you are can you introduce yourself and tell us how becoming a dance music producer all started for you?
Yes guys, great to be chatting with you! I’m Eli Brown and I produce the darker end of Tech House, Techno and everything in between! I’ve been writing music for a long time but started the Eli Brown project about four years ago!
We’re always curious to find out who or what has had the biggest influences on your music career to date?
That’s a difficult question to answer as a lot has influenced my music over the years. Growing up in Bristol definitely played a huge part, the dark and heavy sounds of drum and bass that were really predominant in Bristol when I was first clubbing really inspired me and can definitely be heard throughout my music. My first visit to Space in Ibiza and hearing Carl Cox and Jeff Mills switched me on to House and Techno music. More recently the likes of Solardo, Eats Everything, Green Velvet, Adam Beyer have all played a major role in influencing and inspiring me.
We hear you have been busy over lockdown. A shift in musical direction too, can you tell us more about this and what we can expect from you in the coming months?
Yeah, I’ve really knuckled down in the studio over lockdown and released a lot of music. My sound has definitely shifted a bit more to the harder end of Tech House and Techno and you can expect releases coming on We Are the Brave, Filth On Acid and Polydor before the end of the year.
Have you had any gigs since the reopening of clubs, any favourite moments so far? Any upcoming gigs you’re particularly looking forward to?
I’ve loved being back at it. Creamfields was definitely a highlight of my recent shows. It doesn’t get much better, or nerve-racking, than playing to 15000 people! I also really enjoyed playing The Egg recently, it’s great to contrast playing big festivals with dark, moody club shows where I can be a bit more experimental in what I play.
A fun question to end on – who would be your top three people to afterparty with dead or alive?
James Brown, I’d love to pick his brains on music… Valentino Rossi is the best motorcycle rider on the planet and someone who I’ve always admired…and Carl Cox, I don’t know him personally but he’s influenced me massively over the years and I’d love to have a beer with him.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us and we hope to see you in a club very soon 🙂