We had the good fortune of connecting with Ali Elohim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ali, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want people to know that I am a seeker. Throughout my life, I pursued physical mastery of the martial arts, yoga, and weight lifting. Spiritual growth through meditation, prayer, and fasting. Mental development through reading, writing, and daily learning.
I knew which principles I wanted to live my life by — strength, discipline, respect, honesty, and authenticity.
I want to be remembered as someone who made the lives of people I’ve impacted better and did as little harm as possible to the world.
I want people to remember me through my creative endeavors — merging martial arts, music, and fashion.
I implement warrior philosophies in my life journey because I truly believe in the Chinese proverb that was said by Bruce Lee, “It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.” I don’t look at martial arts or being a warrior as violence — I look at it as preparation physically, but more importantly, mentally and spiritually. Life is hard; you never know what it will throw at you. It can destroy you if you’re not prepared. My goal is to prepare to be at my best for whatever challenges life will bring. People should know I chose to be strong because I had been weak. I chose knowledge because I had seen the results of ignorance. I chose to love because I had experienced evil brought about by hate and fear.
I want to be remembered as a peaceful warrior.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Music at a high level isn’t something you can do all by yourself. Finding the right people was something that was difficult for me in the beginning. Instead of focusing on being my own producer, engineer, and doing everything myself, I challenged myself to be the best lyric writer, rapper, singer that I can be and focus my energy on that.
Working with people that are focused on what they do best and coming together to make and put out the best work possible has made all the difference.
My work now is very versatile because early on, I had so many different influences and was not afraid to experiment. I’ve learned along the way how to be myself and express myself authentically.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot in the city is Will Rogers Park. I like to hike up to Inspiration Point and check out the view, meditate, and feel a sense of peace.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thanks to everyone who has supported and been there for me. I love you all.
Brennan Peirson, Allyssa Cornier, Ana Ochoa, John Logic