We had the good fortune of connecting with Theaux Elliot and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Theaux, why did you pursue a creative career?
As cliche as it sounds, creativity runs in my DNA. Growing up, I watched my mom pay the bills and provide for me by painting and selling her original pieces. Over time, the need to express my own creativity morphed into my love for music. Every time she painted, she would blast music and that was what stuck with me, always. When I heard the music, I knew that she would be creating.
In the fall of 2009, my high school offered a beat making class which was where I ultimately fell in love with creating music. What fascinated me was the ability to manipulate sounds and create rhythms to express exactly how I was feeling at any given moment. Just changing the key of a sound could change the whole entire attitude of it.
Music became the way I learned how to express myself and was a means to escape the everyday mundane life. In the same way my mom could channel her feelings and translate that onto her canvas, I began to do the same. Instead of painting with my eyes, I paint with my ears.
For the first time in my life, I felt like I found my calling. Pursuing a career as a music producer and engineer is what I’m most passionate about and from where I derive true satisfaction and fulfillment.
At the end of the day, music can save lives. Music can influence moods. Music is therapeutic. So for me, creating music is how I’d like to give back what music has done for me in my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most proud of being able to overcome the obstacles and prove the naysayers wrong. My journey has hardly been easy and it still isn’t, but I’m proud of myself for sticking to my craft and for my resilience. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I could never go anywhere making music or that I would never last in this industry, including my own father, but I’ve stayed persistent and am still here pursuing a career that I love. It took years for my father to finally acknowledge and accept my ongoing efforts and he now supports my dreams. I’ve had to learn to tune out the negativity and focus on my own success.
I want the world to know that the brand I represent is all about quality and authenticity. What sets me apart from other music producers and engineers is my sound and style. My sound has retro or vintage elements similar to the sounds from you would hear from a video game and my style is different in the way I can mold a song together. People like working with me for my distinct character and innovative personality.
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.
For the best time ever in San Francisco, my best friend and I would travel back in time to my favorite spots from my childhood, most of which unfortunately aren’t around anymore. I’d take them to revisit Melisa’s Chinese Cuisine and Gordo’s Taqueria then Toy Boat for their ice cream and famous decor and Genki’s for the best crepes.
Throughout the week, I’d take them to explore the beautiful foliage at the Japanese Tea Garden. Thursday nights at the Academy of Science is a must to take in their nightlife ambiance and the opportunity to see the animals and marine life at night. We’d ride bikes throughout Golden Gate Park since all the streets are blocked off for the ultimate riding experience around the city.
Traveling to downtown in MUNI to downtown is the West Coast taste of the subways of New York City. Off to the Ferry building for their indoor farmer’s market and then to Pier 39 for calamari and the arcade. We’d head to Ocean Beach for some sun, salty ocean air, and a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
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?
My mentor Jorge Hernandez is someone I can always turn to for advice and help with anything within the music industry. He has taught me a lot about not only making and mixing beats, but also about the business side of things. He leads by example as a producer and engineer himself and I am extremely grateful for all of his help and support over the years.
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