The meticulous sampler: An interview with Eliot Lipp

Eliot Lipp
Eliot Lipp will perform at the Yacht Club with El Ten Eleven on August 29 at 9 p.m. ($10-12)

El Ten Eleven w/ Eliot Lipp

The Yacht Club – August 29 at 9 p.m. ($10-12)

Over the last decade or so, Brooklyn-based musician Eliot Lipp has been creating and releasing tracks from a number of ‘home bases.’ Before ending up in Brooklyn — where he currently resides — the electronic music artist spent time honing his craft in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco to name a few, not to mention his penchant for touring internationally.

Lipp seems to have found his sweet spot by way of Brooklyn, however, where the artist produced his last four albums with a fifth on the way. His music is sharper than it used to be, with choice samples and a preference for slow-building, grungy crescendos. It’s easy to imagine Lipp’s apartment lined with wall-to-wall shelves stacked high with countless records for sampling. Each soundbite, each little snippet fits wonderfully into his compositions, and the payoff for Lipp’s meticulous sampling process is well worth the time he undoubtedly puts in.

Lipp is set to take the Yacht Club’s stage at 9 p.m. on August 29 alongside Los Angeles post-rockers El Ten Eleven. Details and ticket information are available here. For more on El Ten Eleven, check out this Little Village show preview.

In the mean time, Lipp sat down to answer a few questions over email in anticipation of his upcoming show in Iowa City.

LV: I’m curious about your current stomping grounds. What about Brooklyn contributes to your creative process? Are you getting anything there that you weren’t getting in your previous home cities of Chicago, San Francisco, et cetera?

EL: Yes, New York City is culturally the most diverse city I’ve ever lived in and I’m very inspired by that. Brooklyn is overflowing with creative people with all different approaches to art & music.

Little Village: What made you decide to start your own record label? I imagine it allowed you to see things through a slightly different lens.

Eliot Lipp: I started the label so that my friends and I would have a way to distribute and promote our music. I’ve done a few releases from new artists that I’ve met while out on tour as well. I honestly never wanted to run a record label of my own but being independent with everything, it seemed like the natural thing to do.

LV: The Yacht Club in Iowa City is a great room — a couple flights down from street level with a lot of old brick and pipe. I can’t imagine you’d play the same kind of set for this kind of space as you would for, say, a music festival. Do you prefer one sort of space over another? How does a venue’s size and ‘tone’ affect the sort of set you play?

EL: I respond more to the people in the room rather than the room itself. The set usually depends on what the mood is like, even if the room is small it doesn’t mean the set has to be all vibey & intimate, I’m hoping we can get people to dance & get sweaty & #turnup

LV: Who are you listening to these days? Any guilty pleasures?

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EL: I love Alex Young, Flosstradamus, Paper Diamond, Madeon, Daft Punk, Wolfgang Gartner, Travis Scott, ASAP Ferg, all the releases on Kastle’s Symbols label, Nick Hook, OBEY City, new trap, old dubstep…but I’ve recently been listening to tons of classical music too. There are some pieces written by Dvorak for string quartet that I like.

Haha I guess it’s kind of odd that I’m either bumping trap or classical all day. “Yo that Tchaikovsky shit go hard son!”

LV: After your current tour wraps up, is there anything in particular that you’re excited about? Any big projects on the horizon you want to mention?

EL: I just finished a new album, it’s called Watch The Shadows. We don’t have the cover art or the masters or anything so there’s no release date set yet but I love the record and I’m very stoked to put it out.

LV: I’ll probably embed a specific track alongside this interview. What should that track be and why?

EL: I’m pretty stoked on this new club tune I made called “Damn.” Its got some pretty samples in it and then a huge bass drop and tons of snare rolls. It’s not a great example of what I usually sound like, but it’s fun to listen to.