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.
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.
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.
Eloquor: Yes mate. I wrote most of the latest album on my lunch break. That's why the new release is titled ‘Lunch’.
Eloquor: My mum is the Lángos queen. I must ask her for the recipe. I can whip up a killer Goulash, though.
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.
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.
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.
Eloquor: You can hit up my Bigcartel website for physicals, or jump on iTunes or Bandcamp for digital copies.
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: Plenty more to come! Thanks Jimmy.