EMesi – Producing Connecticut To The Top
Elijah “EMesi” Mesidor was born on October 7, 1994 in New Haven, Connecticut. Elijah was always in to music. Growing up, Elijah was surrounded by powerful music. His mother noticed that at the age of 2, he would try and play drums with sticks.
So she brought him a little drum set and from there he began to hone his craft. In the 4th grade Elijah joined the school band and learned more about percussion instruments and how to read music. At the age of 12 Elijah began to create his own tracks on a piano. Elijah and his sister Malaysia began recording music on his computer in his room. After seeing Elijah’s passion and talent for music his mother bought him the necessary equipment and got him the training he needed to be the best producer he can be.
Now at the age of 19 Elijah has mentored with Adam Von Gooktkin (Onyx Soundlab/ Zoo Records) and Kim Lee (Ricky Blaze). He has worked with artists all across the North East from Flyy B (Lookin’ Out My Window), Renzo (Rocket), Yung Nate (11:04), and Malaysia (The Elephant Graveyard).
Elijah has also worked along side engineers from the Crosby Collective based out of SoHo New York. EMesi is currently studying Audio Engineering at Full Sail University and continues building his repertoire of artists he’s worked with – pursuing his dream.
HipHopLead- We see you out there with a heavy grind on the net. Lets start with some basics … how did you come up with the name EMesi?
EMesi – As I was finishing up my mentoring with the guys at Onyx, I didn’t have a producer name or an alias to go by yet. But, my cousin had always called me EMesi or EMezz as a nickname so I had just decided to go with EMesi.
HipHopLead- We know you were born in Connecticut. Is that where you spent most of your life or did you move around a lot?
EMesi – I still currently live in CT actually (laughs). I like to move around as well too. I’ve been out west for music as well as I’m constantly going to New York to do work as well. But, CT is my main home and where I reside most of the time.
HipHopLead- We really loved the sound of the “Lookin Out My Window” production you did for Flyy B. Did you have the beat made before you linked with him or was this a custom track you did for him?
EMesi – I made “Lookin Out My Window” when I was bout 14. Flyy is originally from the Baltimore/Philly area, so he was staying at my house for a little. I was just working on something in my basement studio while he was around and that how it came to be.
HipHopLead- Were you guys in the studio together when he recorded it?
EMesi – Yea we were (laughs). Once I was done working on the beat that night, Flyy and I stayed up working on the record in my studio, he wrote while I mixed the beat to prep it for recording and it went from that to recording the record in my basement where I did a lot of recording overall. After that, we took it to Crosby in New York to finalize it and do a final recording of the song.
HipHopLead- What are your weapons of choice when making a beat?
EMesi – My main weapons are the Native Instruments Maschine and Ableton Live 9. I first started off with Reason, and then moved up to Logic and about a few months ago I went from Logic to Live. Every now and then I go back to logic for schooling as well as records I’ve made in logic.
HipHopLead- Speaking of that you had the pleasure of working with some affiliates of industry vets Onyx. How did you guys link up?
EMesi – My beginning year of high school, my sister Malaysia was working with the guys at Onyx for vocal lessons. A few months after my sister was going there, I had came in with her to view one of the beats I made for her. After going there with her that day, I was offered if I wanted to take up being mentored by him after school.
I agreed to it and that’s how it went down. I would go in on certain days of the week and together we’d go over learning different techniques that would help me be a better producer.
HipHopLead- We love the fact if you make dope music that it unites all people with your sound. Out of all the artists you work with to date who do you feel meshes best with your sound?
EMesi – Wow – this is a tough one (laughs). I feel that because of how I make my beats anybody and everybody is very compatible with the way they’re made and I would say that just about every person I’ve worked with to date meshes perfectly with the sound I’ve produced for them.
HipHopLead- Who were your personal influences to get into music?
EMesi – When I first started making beats I really looked up to Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. Now, I’ve grown a lot since the age of 12, and I really admire jazz and other forms of music like symphonic compositions and instrumentals as well.
HipHopLead- What track of yours is your favorite that you created?
EMesi – Wow, a favorite track? One of my favorites is 1234 by Yung Nate, Produced by me of course. I’m really into jazz and that’s exactly what I did. I made a jazz beat with a slight hint of hip-hop. You can listen to the track here:
HipHopLead- Who does EMesi lean towards for more inspiration … the Dr. Dre’s, Just Blazes, Premo or Swizz?
EMesi – As weird as this may sound, I think of a lot of beats – almost like a stream of consciousness but with music. When I think I have a constant rhythm going at all times. You’ll always see me beat boxing or tapping a pencil (laughs). Honestly, a lot of my inspiration comes from inside, many thoughts, many experiences. But, if I had to choose, one person I feel that has made a huge impact in inspiration for me is Timbaland – everything he does is outside the box and you know when it’s a beat made by him as soon as it comes on.
Here at HipHopLead.com we like to ask our features some questions that really are out of the norm. We do this because it gives the fans a broader outlook on you. So lets get it cracking….
HipHopLead- Which duo do you like better The Throne or Bad Meets Evil?
EMesi – I would have to say I like The Throne more. I like both honestly but the throne I say has my higher interest.
HipHopLead- Other then music what do you do with your time?
EMesi – Besides school and music, I hang out with friends, go out, during the spring/summer into the fall I like to long board, which is probably one of my favorite things to do. I play video games every now and then. I’ll play a couple games of basketball here and there too. Going outside and staying healthy is something I try to stay on top of when I get the chance.
HipHopLead- What were EMesi’s high school days like?
EMesi – I was kind of the weird kid, but I knew everyone. Everybody knew me as that guy with the studio in his basement that made beats haha. People I didn’t even know would come up to me sometimes or somehow get in contact with me asking to record or to work on music and such. High school wasn’t too bad for me though, went by quick with lots of great memories and experiences.
HipHopLead- Tell us a hidden talent you have?
EMesi – A hidden talent? Well, I’m pretty quick at learning new things and memorizing numbers really fast. (laughs)
HipHopLead- Gucci Mane is looking at 20 years in jail. Use your Hip Hop crystal ball and let me know what type of sentence he will get?
EMesi – It’ll probably be an “I might be guilty” sentence, (laughs).
HipHopLead- Speaking of that .. if you had to bet money on DMX … would you bet he’ll be back in .. or stay out?
EMesi – I would bet that he’d stay out of jail. I haven’t heard too much on DMX. I hope he’s doing well for himself just like any other artist or producer out there.
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HipHopLead- What projects do you have coming out in the future?
EMesi – I currently have some upcoming projects with South Carolina rapper/singer Renzo. He has an album coming out soon and he’s talented so be on the look out. I also have been working with a CT based rapper named Phe Nom. He’s into the old school styled music but his flow is nice and definitely catches your ear. I am also currently working on this team (including myself) so keep your ears open for that too. A lot of huge things on the way.
HipHopLead- Connecticut never had a chance to get on the map in this game. Is there a particular sound coming from CT, if so what would it be like?
EMesi – I believe CT has a different kind of sound coming soon. I pay close attention to CT based artist and the way CT is looked at is going to change very soon. Within the few years that I’ve heard CT rappers, I think CT has some serious heat cookin’ up lately.
HipHopLead- How has your experience at Full Sail been since you enrolled?
EMesi – Full Sail has been nothing but awesome. It’s challenging and I’ve learned so much from Full Sail. It’s a sped up program but I have so much flexibility since I do the online program. With the online program it’s the same software same learning that everyone on campus is using/getting. I feel Full Sail was a great decision for me to add to crafting my production/engineering skills.
HipHopLead- Have you ever tried to pick up a mic and get busy?
EMesi – Yes, I have written raps or lyrics before, (laughs). But, most of the stuff I write I use as a reference record for artist or rappers. I do enjoy writing and sometimes I’ll have lyrics but no beat and that leads to another record I’m creating.
HipHopLead- Since a youth you have been playing instruments. Can you let us know everything you play?
EMesi – When I started getting into music production I actually taught myself the piano and the different scales. Besides piano, I play the drums, and I’m currently working on guitar (acoustic and bass) to add to my arsenal.
HipHopLead- Being you are able to actually play your instruments do you think that gives you a slight advantage rather then another producer having to get a musician for hire?
EMesi – I think that playing my own instruments helps a lot when it comes to having to hire someone. I have worked with other musicians before and sometimes it can honestly be an amazing and mind blowing experience.
When you combine two minds someone can be viewing your music differently and think of a rhythm or chord progression in a way you wouldn’t have thought and open your eyes to a different perspective.
HipHopLead- Name 1 song you’ve done that will have the HipHopLead.com viewers hooked!?
EMesi – It’s one of my favorites off the 11:04 mixtape and in all honesty it’s one of those songs I was up at about 3 in the morning and pulled an all nighter just to get it done and then bring it to Yung Nate. The name of the song is No One Knows featuring me on the hook. You can listen to it here:
Thanks for hollering at us and in closing give any shoutouts….links to your sites….F.U.’S or whatevers clever
EMesi – S/O to my whole fam and loved ones – everyone that’s always been there for me
S/O to the best of the best, my Mom. Backbone support since day one
S/O to Chels
S/O to Finn and the whole crew Follow me on twitter @EliEMesi The same goes for instagram: @EliEMesi
Like me on Facebook: facebook.com/EliEMesi
For new sounds I’ve made check my soundcloud: soundcloud.com/EMesi Stay tuned everybody and be on the look out.