We had the good fortune of connecting with ELEW and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ELEW, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I’d say the most important lesson my business/career has taught me is the importance of accuracy and how it relates to endurance. It becomes rather clear over time that physics of truth, at the mathematical level, will always bear down on any endeavor. Meaning what one is trying to sell has to match up to what one claims it is or able to do. There is a type of Erosion that takes place over time which really punctuates and reveals the level or depth of truth in ones claims about the product or its capacities. No one necessarily sees everything or knows everything about their product nor can they know how the future marketplaces will evolve so this is where beyond accuracy, Endurance enters there conversation. Because the learning curve or the adaptation curve is typically frightening and rather often, astonishingly Rigorous. So I had to learn increasingly sharper levels of Toughness to survive all while figuring out the flaws in my accuracy. But overcoming is very Fun. definitely invigorating. As dear Kurt Cobain put it “I found it hard, it’s hard to find, oh well, whatever, never mind. “
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a concert pianist, which is a way of indicating that I primarily perform in a solo piano, concert hall level format. What sets me apart is that through just the piano alone, I am able to create levels of excitement and awe that are typically experienced by audiences attending EDM festivals or club gigs with a complete band and singer. I am able to do this because of two special techniques I have innovated on my instrument, Rockjazz and Counterbop. Rockjazz was first and like the name indicates, it takes Rock, first and foremost, and filters it through the improvisational piano techniques of Jazz piano history. I’m referring to ragtime, Harlem stride, 60’s modal, and experimental free jazz. It also uniquely embraces the experimental Euro classical piano elements of playing upon the strings Inside the piano, which has become a fan favorite thing for me to do. Lastly, it calls upon the legendary coordination techniques of Art Tatum and Errol Garner to create a DJ experience in which I play two Different songs, most extraordinarily, in different tempos and keys simultaneously while maintaining the fascination and enjoyment of the audience who get a kick out of the rarity of the whole display. Counterbop is a more recent breakthrough which further explores the aforementioned counterpoint elements but is a deeper dive into the possiblities of it with a heavy focus on Jazz piano, more specifically the 40’s style known as Bebop. It is a true embrace and display of the techniques of Baroque Counterpoint made famous by JS Bach seamlessly and creatively merged with the jazz style of Bebop so as to render piano work that utilizes the Duet capacity of the two hands but unlike Euro Classical, it Swings it’s rhythms, working perfectly in conjunction with jazz bass and drums, thus solving the long suffered Enigma of how to integrate the pianistic duet capacity with out muddying the sonic waters plus stifling the accompanying instruments in the process. I’ve practiced piano since I was 2, being the fourth generation of musicians in my family . There were plenty of difficulties surviving and learning through the years but it’s just par for the course. As Common says, ” The People, that’s the Prize.” I’ve overcome all my problems by focusing on the Love and Joy I have dedicated my life to bringing The People. Ain’t no Mountain high Enough to keep me from the People who need the ELEW vibrations. Nor will there ever be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them to Runyon Canyon to enjoy the gratifying hardships of the beautiful challenge that place holds. I’d take the to Sofitel Beverly Hills on a Monday night to enjoy me and other fantastic high level artists Jam the night away at Monday Night Jazz Eclectic. I’d take them to the Mondrian and Chauteau Marmont where, in addition to the absolute iconic scenery and lore of these places, they also have some pianos where I could have a little fun with them and everyone. I’d take them to the beaches in Venice where we could ride bikes, workout and go to the amusement park. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out AJ Molaee my previous manager, who have been indescribably transformative in my life and career. I’d also like to shout out the beautiful Lady in my Life, Mackenzie Davis, whose steadfast love, and patience has been the most vivid encouragement in the ultimate decision to come to LA and truly Realize my personal and professional destiny. I’d like to shout out my dear Mother, Dr. Carol D. Lewis, who put in such work and Love into me and my well being and is still just as ferocious a guardian as ever not to mention my biggest fan. And last but not least, I’d like to shout out LA VOYAGE for so graciously having me be a part of this experience!
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