Sound Check: Elhae

Upon the intro of “Halfway Love,” the coating of the slowed-down sample of “Rock With You” calls for a warm embrace that is followed by feel-good live instrumentation and some smooth bars. This is the vibe of 2015, created by Elhae within the generation of discovery in digital music. While vinyl returns, digital music is bringing all walks of life together at a much faster rate. Elhae sat down with to illustrate the combination of generations of music, as well as his upcoming project AURA. The first thing I want to ask is about your name, “Every Life Has An Ending.” How did you come up with that name?

Elhae: I just really wanted to create something that I could look at and be proud of. I really wanted to draw inspiration from it. Every Life Has An Ending is to say to live life every day to the fullest and try the hardest with whatever you do. I also wanted something that no one could duplicate. If you take Elhae the same way my name is spelled, you know you got that from me. So it’s to stand apart and mean something to me. So how does that play into the kind of music you do? The songs we’ve heard lately are more so geared towards the ladies, so is that message specifically for us?

Elhae: Not necessarily. Elhae has the two meanings, but relates to people as a whole. The music that’s been coming out lately has been relatable content to everyone, where who it’s for goes either way. The ladies can hear it from the guys’ perspective, and the guys get the other perspective. I have to go over how you can spit and sing. What came first, the rapping or the singing?

Elhae: I started out as a singer, and I wasn’t that good. I couldn’t really rap, either. A good friend of mine wrote my first rap for me when we were in a group called Movement of Truth. That actually sucked, having to read someone’s rhymes. From then on, I wanted to write everything I do, and that was around when I was 14. I eased into singing more, and got into rapping more, and now have that merge down-pat. The samples you’ve used are very interesting because they will instantly remind folks of 90s R&B—Michael Jackson and New Jack Swing kind of R&B. Thinking back to your childhood, what does that mean for you?

Elhae: I was born right between great music and soulful music at 1990. You felt everything and there was much more thought going into those records. I heard a lot of Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and even B.B. King through my dad’s speakers in the house. Taking it now and putting a modern twist on it is always great because it gears towards two audiences, and brings in a new generation to that era. I love how I can connect a younger generation to an older generation. Right, and hearing about you through SoundCloud at a time where discovery and digital music is now becoming highly social helps it on the other end.

Elhae: It’s a great hub for music. I love it! How do you feel about it all?

Elhae: A lot of people say music is over-saturated, but the same rule applies: If you’re good, you’ll stand out. I think it’s more important now more than ever, especially for me. The main thing I want to do is connect. What are we looking forward to in your new project AURA?

Elhae: I think I did a good job with establishing the lane I’m in, both the singing and rapping sides of it. That’s why my latest three singles, including “Halfway Love,” had both vibes heavily into the music. That’s exactly what to look for in AURA. So will the lyrical content of AURA be a lot like “Halfway Love” and the other three singles?

Elhae: I did an EP towards the end of last year that told a story about a break-up I went through, and the AURA EP picks up where I left off. It takes place after the break-up and the pain, and everything begins to fizzle out. “Do you still think about that person?” “Are you ready to move on?” I’m really excited about it.

Check out Elhae and his music on SoundCloud!

Starletta Watson

Starletta Watson is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Atlanta. For the past few years, she has contributed nothing but great work to outlets starving for culture of substance. You can catch her on I Am Classic Hip Hop’s Raw Radio on the online radio show The NAPPturallY Progressive as Boog Avery airing every weekend, as well as head of the company’s blog team. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram under @starpowiiir.

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