On the cusp of his first ever release, Liquid Courage, as one half of the duo Wax & EOM, Daniel Carey aka Elements of Music, is about to turn some heads. Drawing inspiration from some of the usual suspects (Primo, Dilla, Pete Rock, Rza) to guide his production, EOM‘s random attempt to holler at the now infamous YouTube “Driving MC” (Wax) turned out to be a blessing that he even he couldn’t see coming. A former beat-boxer, EOM has turned to production and relies heavily on his many musical talents, his creativity, and of course, his beat boxing ability. We had a chance to sit and chat with EOM regarding his relationship with Wax, his struggle with school and work, his competition, his 2008, and of course, Liquid Courage.
SD: What’s the deal man? Excited about this release? Top spot on CDBaby.com for a bit? Loads of iTunes listeners in the wings just waiting or what?
EOM: It feels pretty good. I will feel great when the album is available on all mediums [iTunes, CDbaby, Rhapsody, etc]. If we could release the album on all those sites at once, the release process would be a lot smoother. We’ll take what we can get though. We were the number one top seller on CDbaby.com for 10-11 days until some 20 year Broadway vet knocked us down to number two. Wax & EOM need to step their acting game up.
SD: [Laughs] Even though you guys are a few hours apart, after listening to LC it seems that Wax has the utmost respect for you and the chemistry is on point. You guys have a tight bond? Is it a good relationship? Were you guys at each other’s throats during the process?
EOM: Wax is the man. I admire his musical abilities, his character and have the utmost respect for him. Wax and I kept it real with each other during the recording process so everything was fairly easy. Only trouble we had was with that Bobby BloodBath guy sending death threats and all that…
SD: I noticed his verse on “Concerto del Muerto,” but back to Wax. He doesn’t really have one particular niche; that’s evident by the way he touches nearly every topic given on LC. How does a producer deal with that? Does it make it easier or harder for you? Was there something that you guys didn’t see particularly eye to eye on?
EOM: Wax made it easy for me when picking what beats to send to him. His YouTube videos only give you the surface of what he is capable of creating. This allowed me to send beats with emotion or vibes and not be afraid that he was going to make a song like “Titties” on it [even though that video is my third favorite]. Seriously, the only problem we had was the release date. We had 5-7 different dates.
SD: Why didn’t you rhyme on the album? Ever want to do that or even just beat-box throughout the whole track?
EOM: I used to rap in high school but I was terrible. Think of an extra monotone voice trying to spit like Canibus and Aesop Rock. Now, imagine that with extra hype adlibs behind it. A mess, that’s what that is. So I left that all to Wax. I would have beatboxed but beatboxing does not get a lot of love in the States. It seems like Europe shows the most love for the 5th element of hip hop.
SD: Staying with Beat-boxing, how much of an influence does that play on your creation of a beat?
EOM: It makes laying the drums down a lot easier. I play the piano which helps a lot, too. Both skills will come in handy when I nab the equipment that I need. I would much rather recreate samples with my own twist than just sampling as my only option. …broke college student.
SD: Move from originality to sampling. We have to talk about sampling on this site. How do you feel about KevinNottingham.com, seeing as that we are huge on the sample/breaks game, plenty of producers might not approve of this?
EOM: Usually, the sample used in a song is credited in the credits. I don’t see what the big deal would be. Personally, I do not let people know what I sampling because I am big on mysteries. I think finding out for yourself is 90% of the fun of discovering music. What you guys are doing is allowing new producers to listen to their favorite producer’s samples and allowing them to flip the sample in their own way.
SD: Another producer that gets talked a lot around here is Remot. I understand that you guys have a close enough bond, but also that there’s loads of competition between you two. Two very comparable styles or two very different producers? Friend or foe? Plan to work with him in the future?
EOM: Remot is a good producer. His name has been out there for quite some time so of course I feel like the underdog when we both are put on a project but only one of our beats will make it. The music speaks for itself though when comparing musicians. Maybe he and I could battle or something. He and I tried to work on a remix project for a J-Live album, but I was still new to the whole remixing deal. It didn’t work out. We have plenty of time to collab though.
SD: Would you say it’s been a good year for you or do you think there was much more you could’ve done? Any opportunities missed or just not able to attain that you think are more than accomplishable in 2009?
EOM: I put out a very good album with a talented emcee and people love it. I was number one on a big independent cd distributor. I made the beat for an award winning music video (The Adventures of Larry and Tina). Andy Milonakis willingly ate white powdery substance off the Liquid Courage case and commanded people to buy it. I always feel that I could do more but I am very satisfied with the outcome of 2008. The plan for 2009 is to double what I did the year before.
SD: “Liquid Courage.” You’re idea for the title, but how much of the albums concept/theme/structure/setup was up to you? I ask this because all duos are different; especially without the physical presence, I’m sure things would’ve been challenging.
EOM: Honestly, everything just fell into place. It was really that easy. The only thing that I was not apart of was the actual mastering process. Morgan and Wax did a good job but it would’ve been nice if I could drop a couple hundred dollars to fly to LA and help master the album.
SD: Tough times. Regardless, the slamming…and I mean SLAMMING beat for “Air Timpani” got so much praise that you guys decided to throw that contest. Over 200 contests and another hundred via YouTube submissions? Explain that (Link to remix)
EOM: Wax and I received some of the most entertaining raps we have ever heard in our lifes. It was fun and almost stressful because a couple people did not send a capellas. Congratulations to the winners of the contest.
SD: So, if you had to choose a beat that you’d devote another remix contest to, which one would it be? What are the odds of that happening?
EOM: Wax came up with the idea for emcees/poets/writers/etc to write fourth/final verse for “The Adventures of Larry and Tina”. The story never really ends (what happened to Larry? what happened to Tina? is youngcumguzzlers.com a real site?). That would be an incredible contest to run since it can spawn a lot of creativity.
SD: Can people cop beats from you? Is it easy or are you picky, or just really expensive?
EOM: My myspace is www.myspace.com/xobtaeb . My email is EOMbeats@gmail.com . We can work out details once contact has initiated.
SD: Good luck with Liquid Courage. Any parting words?
EOM: Thanks for the review, the interview and for helping us out. Everyone: when you see any rating for Liquid Courage, just add a zero (0) to the end of it. For example, 77/100 would be 770/100. That’s how good the album is (laugh). Peace.