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Interview: Eloquor

08 Jun 2017 spotlight words by Terence Ill
Interview: Eloquor

During his long-lasting career Melbourne rapper Eloquor has rubbed shoulders with the best of them - Pegz, Briggs, Hilltop Hoods, Pharoahe Monch, Jurassic5, Souls Of Mischief - just to name a few. He recently released his new album 'Lunch', an honest and very grounded account of where he is at as an artist and as a human being.

Reason enough for me to reach out and find out a bit more about the album and reflect on that time we almost met in my old stomping grounds of Far North Queensland.

We only met in person the other night, but we almost met about five years ago in Cairns, when you were touring with Pegz. My crew at the time, Basement Grits supported that night and my mate Ricky took you guys out to a crocodile farm the next day. What has changed for you since then? Do you feel any wiser?

Eloquor: Yeah, I remember that night very well. The venue we performed in were absolute champions. They lined us up a mad feed and such a killer rider. Really great night. I remember your mate taking us to the crocodile farm. Good times! Not too much has changed since then. I still love creating music. Got a few more tracks and shows under my belt since then though.

You played at Horse Bazaar the other night amongst a bunch of really young emcees who are doing their thing there every week and you commented how it reminded you of a younger you. Since you've been at it for such a long time, do you still feel connected to what's going on with the new generation of artists coming up?

Eloquor: It was cool to see night’s like ‘Can I Kick it’ give young MC’s an opportunity to learn some stage craft and build some confidence. I remember the first buzz of spitting rhymes to an audience on stage and it got me hooked! Hip Hop in Australia has branched off a great deal since I started but it's just a natural progression that can’t be helped. That being said, it was humbling to see that a DJ spinning beats and a young MC spitting raps is just as it was all those years back.

In between songs at this gig, you were saying how you still pop out on lunch breaks and write rhymes. I can relate. I used to sit down in the park and chop up samples on my break. Is that what inspired the name for this album?

Eloquor: Yes mate. I wrote most of the latest album on my lunch break. That's why the new release is titled ‘Lunch’.

One thing I learned about you from listening to 'Lunch' is that you have Hungarian heritage. Please tell me that you have a decent Lángos recipe for I can steal?

Eloquor: My mum is the Lángos queen. I must ask her for the recipe. I can whip up a killer Goulash, though.

On track number 10 on the new album 'Not About You', you have a line in the chorus that goes 'change your perspective, it's not about you'. At what point in your life did you come to this realisation? And what triggered this new perspective?

Eloquor: For most of my life I was caught up in thinking that I was quite special and unique and important, but gradually realised that I'm just one of the 7 billion on this planet and I'm no more or less important than the next person. It was a slow progression. I’m still working at it. Not completely there yet.

You have a feature from Reason on the new joint. I thought he threw in the towel and blasted his 'Final Siren' years ago. Feel free to spill the beans, is he getting ready for a comeback? Or was this track just a one off for old time’s sake?

Eloquor: I don’t think Reason’s having a comeback anytime soon. We are good mates and I always wanted to release a track with him, so we made it happen.

You used to be distributed by Obese Records and were obviously fairly close with Pegz. When Obese closed its doors, how did that affect you as an artist? I imagine you would've had to re-learn how to promote yourself more again?

Eloquor: Yeah Pegz is a champ. We are good mates. I was quite upset when Obese Records finally closed its doors. Obese supported so many local artists with distribution and publicity for many years. With them gone we had to look at new ways of promoting our material and getting it out there. So artists these days need to have a strong social media game. They need to consistently release music and videos to stay relevant. That being said, I find nothing better than a solid full length release by an artist, even if it means not staying as relevant and perceivably active as others.

Where can people buy the new album 'Lunch'?

Eloquor: You can hit up my Bigcartel website for physicals, or jump on iTunes or Bandcamp for digital copies.

Lastly, from your point of view, how would you sell the album to someone who doesn't know you yet? Can you give me a couple of reasons why punters should buy 'Lunch'?

Eloquor: As a number of people have said to me, 'Lunch' is grown man Hip Hop. Solid production weaved with the thoughts and rhymes of a hard working family man giving some advice and having a vent.

Eloquor, thank you very much for your time, I hope it all goes well with the new release and keen to see what you’ve got in store for us in the future.

Eloquor: Plenty more to come! Thanks Jimmy.