Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with El'tee find out more about him…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was originally born in Hackney/London then moved to Essex at the age 3 or 4, I first got into music through seeing my Dad sing and always being around him and his music.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My dad was one of em, and I always loved RnB so I’d listen to Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Usher etc. and then I started to slowly move to Hip-Hop which leads me to my influences now as I’m obsessed with Hip-Hop and Rappers these days, I love those melodies man so a lot of the American artists now days I mess with but for Rap I love the UK scene like Nines, Giggs, President T, I have a wide selection haha.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as a unique vibe which involves singing and rapping merged so I like to call it Sapping I think I’m Trappy/RnB.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
I recently released an EP called ‘No.1 contender’ and one of the tracks on there is called ‘Search & Seek’ is kinda the single that took off for me and is my go to song to sing so I’d say that’s my latest single and the influence behind it was me going through different relationships and tryna find the right girl for me so I put it into a song and made what I feel is a banger of a song.
What’s your local music scene like?
Well where I live there’s not much going on musically so that’s why I’m always performing in London and around there as my area is just me and my friends who really do music together and are actually trying to make something of it.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I hope that in 12 months I’m doing a lot more gigs and much more established and successful, I already have a catalogue of songs to fill an album I haven’t even released yet so I hope people can wait on and stay tuned as big things are happening next year for me.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with either a female artist and make a duet that’s a banger or work with an established American artist such as 21 Savage or maybe someone from the UK like Skepta, as I know I could kill the hooks for these people.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Erm not really I forgot my words to the same song twice and laughed about it coz every time I’d rehearse it I’d get it right but nothing to funny has yet happened.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I want people to know how hard I work at my craft and how much I want the world to just listen to my music as I know they won’t regret it so anyone reading this check me out you won’t be disappointed, also just how humble I am to even be doing this for a career path and having a great team behind me.
You can find out more about El'tee at his website or via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or Twitter.