If you’ve been anywhere near the festy scene this summer, chances are you’ve had a chance to see Eliot Lipp at any number of larger festivals; Wakarusa, Electric Forest, and/or DEMF just to name a few. However, Lipp will be changing pace and laying his beats down on Indianapolis with Ben Samples Thursday, September 15th for IndyMojo.com’s Altered Thurzday at the Mousetrap. I recently had the chance to talk with Eliot about summer festivals, the melding jam/electronic scene and what he has been working on recently.
For those who aren’t aware, Eliot Lipp has been taking the electronic scene by storm since the mid-2000s using funk fusion, house and hip hop to mix his own brand of contemporary electronic music. He has worked with some of the best producers, DJs, MCs and musicians in the world and continues to push the envelope of electronic music.
With that in mind, I asked Lipp how he feels about the merging of jam and electronic music in recent years and how that correlates to some of the festivals he has played. “I think there was more melding a few years ago. There’s more of a gap between live bands and DJs now, but with festivals like Pitchfork and Coachella, you have a more diverse group of fans. Jam festivals are more of a niche. I like them all for different reasons, but indie fests have the coolest, most diverse line-ups. They offer a way to open DJs up to other scenes.”
From there, I asked his thoughts on switching it up and hitting up a smaller venue/bar such as the Mousetrap. “I started in that scene doing late night shows and after parties. That’s where you found most DJs back then, so it is very familiar to me. It’s a more intimate setting, so you are able to respond more to the people in the room. I don’t normally have a set list, so I just go into it and vibe off of the room. It’s the same with Samples (Ben Samples of Fresh2Death). He isn’t as well-known in the Midwest, but he has a great following in Colorado. He started in a smaller room and built a crowd.”
As for what he has planned for his Altered appearance? “I’ll have a live drummer, so I’ll be remixing some of my music with live drums on top. It will be more like my Electric Forest set with some brand new songs.” Speaking of brand new songs, I inquired about new music he’s been working on and if there would be a new album in the near future. “I will be releasing a new single this month which people will be able to download for free. The full-length will come out in October and possibly be free, too. I don’t know yet, but we will see.”
If you don’t want to (or can’t) wait for the new album, check out his website for links to his latest set of mixes “Summer Nights” which is accompanied by Old Tacoma label mate Leo123’s “Summer Days.” You can also check the Old Tacoma Records page to download Lipp’s “Brolabs Remix” album.