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INTERVIEW: The Future of South Florida w/ Eli Hawkins

Eli Hawkins is a dynamic young professional with diverse education and experience in directing marketing communications and event production. A keen ability to assess both client needs and organizational objectives to define and execute the most effective operational strategies. Demonstrated persistence in exceeding goals, with proven success in utilizing clear and precise communications to enhance quality results.

Eli has previously worked with iHeart Radio, Circle House Studios, and Midtown Studios Miami.

Eli currently has an event company that specializes in events for the college market. In recent years our events have featured artists such as Young Thug, Kodak Black, Rick Ross Maybach Music Group, XXXTentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Wifisfuneral, Yung Bans, Playboi Carti , Retch, Pouya, and Denzel Curry.

I should start off by asking who is Eli Hawkins? Also, where are you from originally? 

Eli Hawkins is a dreamer, Eli Hawkins is someone that loves bringing his ideas to life. I’m a hardworking Young Black Male, Who loves working with other creatives who are equally passionate about there craft and as my brand grow I try to bring my peers along with me. If I would have to sum it up I’m I would say I’m culture Shifter. I’m originally from Carol City , a small city in south Florida hometown to Rick Ross, Denzel Curry. 

Where did your love for music come from?

My love for music Has always been rooted from my family but once I grew up Music started to become my safe place. especially when bull shut would be happing in my life,I would always turn to music rather that be creating it,producing it, showcasing it, or even just being around it. Music has always been my safe place and I think that’s where my love comes from. 

A major question I have is, how did you get so involved in the south Florida scene at an early stage for our generation? 

So I was first introduced to the south Florida scene by Denzel Curry in my freshman year of high school, at carol city high school they had a early morning school program for kids that needed help with there homework. So I would be in there, Denzel would be in there and the tutors would let’s us use the computer to work on our homework, So this is around time Raider Klan had just started up, they we’re building there whole movement. And Denzel would put me on to all there music on Datpiff and I would be like wtf this isn’t traditional Miami rap it sounded like a whole new sound. So after I left carol city I moved to Miramar And that’s where I met my best friends and we started throwing Events under Xlaced we all had a love for discovering South Florida artist like Raider Klan, Pouya, Lofty 305, ao we throw our first show and started booking the same Artist that we we’re listing to while giving Artist from our city a chance to perform. And from there everything just took off! We started booking bigger actsSo in recent years, you’ve put on events that have featured the likes of Kodak Black, Rick Ross Maybach Music Group, XXXTentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Keed, Glokknine, Lucki, and many more.

How did it feel to accomplish these things and bring the music right to the fan?

It feels good to have accomplished all these things But when I first started I never look at it, that way or like it was a major accomplishment. Just because I was a fan first and it felt like I was doing my duty as a fan And someone that wanted to be in the industry. I just really had I high appreciation for the art form And the Love of music. 

As 2020 gets underway, you just announce the Coi Leray tour. Are you excited for this and what can we expect? 

Ahhhhh man I’m so hyped for this tour, it’s going to be one hell of experience. I just really wanna execute me and my team vision for this tour, rather that’s from the venue,the lighting, You guys can expect a lot of surprises a lot special guest and overall a lot of dope female talent coming from south Florida. It’s gone be a sold out show We already Sold out on the first tier of tickets. So if you don’t have a ticket I’d advice you to get one!!! For Miami Date and Orlando!!!! 

What are the dates for this exciting tour and where will it be taking place?

January 31st for the first stop in Miami, February 2nd for the Orlando date, then we’re back in Orlando I’m the 13th for Danny home coming show.

Are there any big expectations for this tour or you just happy to be apart of it?

I’m expecting a crazy ass show lol, like with most of my event I really try to put out positive energy and make sure everyone is having a good time, Network and discover new talent. 

We also peeped that you are putting together the Danny Towers, Orlando homecoming show. This to me is a huge deal, what do you think of the momentous occasion that will be happening on February 13th?

Yoo Danny Homecoming show is going to be crazy I’ts a huge deal to me, I’m Honored for the opportunity to even present Danny HomeComing Show in Orlando. It’s gone be another sold out event!!! And I’m ready to make history on the 13th. 

Danny Towers has been working endlessly to get where he’s at right now, what can you say about that? 

That’s a fact. Danny been grinding for a minute and to see where he’s at right now, is inspiring I think it gives inspiration to a a lot of artist coming out of Orlando. And If you think about Danny and Glocknine really like the first artist to pop from Orlando in a minute. So I feel like it giving hope to a a lot of upcoming artist from the Orlando. 

What was that significant moment in your life/career that you knew hosting shows, being behind the scenes, etc. was what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?

It’s actually not what I want to do for the rest of my life,I mean solely. I’m a creative, I enjoy making music I enjoy the creative process of producing a record and I’m into fashions Designed, I also enjoy film. It’s all art to me. And this year and the years to come I just plan on show casings more of my artistry, Helping More Artist, And of course more lit Party and tours!!!!!

Well the year is just getting started, what else can we expect? 

SO MUCH MORE… So y’all keep rocking with the boy and supporting the movement and I’m just keep pushing the culture forward. How do you go about discovering artist and what do you look for in an artist I really have a love for discovering new music rather that’s spending time on YouTube, scrolling through Instagram or just going to different events. II look for inspiration like if artist can’t inspire me then I most likely won’t work with them. 

KAPRI – Double Clutchin’

DIRECTOR: Joel (@DirectedByJoel)

PRODUCER: Flexatelli

California native KAPRI by way of Santa Ana drops the official video for “Double Clutchin'” directed by Joel and produced by FLEXATELLI. As we get near the end of January and 2020 is officially underway, Kapri looks to capitalize on the new decade with a compelling visual. Kapri had the pleasure of telling me that more content and music is on the way. So buckle in and get ready to hear from the rising artist. Check out his new video and single now, also don’t forget to let us know what you think!

Mike Lary – Lamar Jackson

PRODUCER: Saidon

Florida’s own Mike Lary shows love for hometown hero Lamar Jackson with a self-titled track “Lamar Jackson” produced by Saidon. Just like Lamar, Mike bursts on the scene with powerful bars and a smooth flow. Even though Lamar’s playoff run ended a little earlier than expected, Mike Lary keeps the MVP alive with his latest record. Mike even had the pleasure to tell me that more music is on the way and it won’t be ceasing anytime soon. Mike is also coining these releases as “#MikeLaryFridays” so you can expect a new banger every week. Check out the latest single now and let us know what you think!

INTERVIEW: Cave

Who is Cave and where is Cave originally from?

Cave was the result of going through several fairly cringy and failed attempts at rapping throughout high school under names like Tis Wizardry and Samurai Swine Flu. The current form is the result of college just being a little overwhelming and needing something to take my mind of school stuff every now and then. I’d like to think that now Cave is the kid that pops up on stage at rap venues wearing the paper bag mask and just puts on a show people aren’t expecting. The name comes from Cave Johnson from the video game Portal 2 which is just a fantastic game I can’t recommend enough.

Before the music, what was life like for Cave? 

Just a cycle of progressing through life if that makes any sense. Wake up, go to classes, work, eat, play some video games and then go to sleep. Music gave me variety in life and a better attitude/outlook in general.

What are some early influences that shaped who you are?

My earliest music influence is this artist I listened all throughout high school named Milo. He rapped about a lot of anxieties and thoughts that I could really relate too. As I started shaping my own sound and becoming a better artist my influences started to lean more towards Denzel Curry and Saba.

If not music, what would you be doing or better yet, what would you be pursuing in life?

I’d probably be on the same, although admittedly less exciting, path that I’m on right now. Currently working on a Computer Science degree and a business minor at UF. Although I honestly without music I might’ve been graduated by now, don’t let my mom know.

How did making music come into play and not just listening to it?

I have a love for rap music, especially the technical aspect of it. The breathing, the finding sounds that flow well together, finding combinations of words that sound better to the ear, all of that. I’m not a talented singer or producer or engineer, so making sure the technical and emotional performance of rapping is something I take pride in, and always loved seeing in other artists. So I think the serious transition into music happened when I had a deeper understanding of the complexities of rap.

The latest song you dropped is “Bevo” and what exactly does that represent to Cave?

It’s sort of the first song I’ve made explicitly for a girl lol. Most of my other tracks that mention women are 99% fictional and nameless so this was definitely a personal step forward. The references are just a lot of dumb inside jokes in the track and small illusions so she knows its for her but it’s not right in the face of everyone else. Outside of that, this song is definitely my best yet personally I think. It’s the first time I’ve actually sang a chorus, and the features on it are some of my favorite people who inspire and push me to get better at this music thing. I’d say Bevo represents growth in Cave as a whole.

Knowing of you and your last project. Can you say you’ve grown as an artist?

I’m taking time with the music this time around. In the making of WORMS I had studio sessions where I was finishing two songs per. I think the highest version of a song I reached MIGHT have been V3. This one single took around 4-5 studio sessions and the final version was 5, so I’d say patience is something I’ve definitely become more used to.

What are some memorable moments you’ve had along this journey?

As corny as it sounds all the friends I’ve made. When you go to college the idea is you’re going to make a bunch of new friends from living arrangements, class, clubs, etc. but I had a tough time being open and outgoing in those scenarios. The amount of lifelong friends I’ve made because of the Gainesville music scene is something I’ll forever be grateful for.

What else is there to expect from Mr. Cave? Any more music coming?

Working on what may or may not be my final album currently. I’m not sure, I haven’t really though much of how music plays into my future, recently it’s been “please just let me graduate and get hired”. I’ll probably keep dropping singles throughout the process but I’m excited to see what’s coming.

Last but not least, any final words of this interview you would like to let out?

If you’ve listened to my music and like it and also make music I do features for the free so hit me up! Also please pay your producers.

INTERVIEW: Goosymane

Before we get into the thick of things, who is Goosymane?

 First and foremost GoosyMane is an immigrant. I’ve travelled from place to place my whole life. GoosyMane was an outsider, but now I’m a conqueror. GoosyMane is a man of his people, everything I do is for Latinos and kids that grew up like myself. Most importantly GoosyMane is God’s tool put here for a righteous purpose, whatever that might be.

Where are you originally from? How has the played a part in your music and who you are in general?

Originally I’m from Venezuela. That alone influenced everything I am today. That alone politicized my entire existence on this planet. Coming here at such a young age at times I turned my back on what I truly was for years. Now at the age of 25, I thank God everyday I was born where I was. Our history runs deep and the pride I have for being Venezuelan is directly reflected in my art.

What was Goosy’s early life like?

Growing up in Venezuela life was good. I can’t really complain my family was well off. It was when we came to US that we learned what struggle was. My parents worked all sorts of minimum wage jobs to keep food on the table and the lights on. I’m thankful for it all though because it made me stronger. We’re all doing better now, but it was a long road. A road that not only taught GoosyMane valuable life lessons, but my whole family. Lessons we had to learn in order to be successful in this country.

Everyone has influences, what would you say some of your influences are? 

Pimp C, Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Calle 13, Wisin y Yandel, Don Omar and Big K.r.i.t just to name some..

When did you start making music and taking it serious? What was the turning point?

I would say when I was 21 and moved back to Orlando after living in Houston for 5 years was really a turning point. A turning point not just in my artistry, but in my work ethic. Spring 2018 I would say was probably the moment when All this music shit really started making sense and gaining more traction for me. People began to respect my music for what it was and I think that was when I found my sound.

So you have this new song, “Tumbala” that is out now! What can you say about this record and your direction with it?

 Tumbala is the second track I’ve ever released in Spanish and it’s the first single off an upcoming project. I went through a good 2 months where all I listened to was Latin American music. I knew I wanted to experiment with the “technobow” sound and after a couple drinks Tumbala was born in the studio. The main goal was to make people shake some ass though, honestly. Tumbala is just a taste of the project I have coming. I experimented with many different Latin sounds and obviously I have some of the GoosyMane heat my American fans are accustomed to! Just know whatever comes next in 2020 it’s gonna be my biggest moves yet.

We can see that your heading more into your heritage with the Spanish influence on your records. Can you tell us more about that?

 I’m glad you touched on the topic. Honestly, for a long time my family told me I should make music in Spanish, but I always said “it’s not time yet” “they’re not ready yet”. The truth is maybe I was afraid I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a rapper if I was to make music in Spanish or that it wouldn’t gain traction.. Fuck all that negative thinking though! I feel as I was denying myself of a mission I was destined to take. That mission is to speak out on the issues of my people while also empowering them and letting them know they should be proud of who they are. Part of that mission is to make my people shake some ass and party too because it’s part of our Latin American experience! The rhythm is within us, it comes from Africa and our Native American ancestors! Latin Americans are powerful. I want all my brothers and sister to feel that power when they listen to my music. We don’t have to be what they want us to be, we’re so much more. That is why I HAVE to dive into my heritage with my art. I was born to tell this story.

What are your plans for 2020? Videos, records, any other endeavors.

Definitely have a few music videos on the way. A whole project. More partnerships with brands, bigger shows, EVERYTHING! We all in 2020 and to infinity and beyond. FUCK WHAT YA HEARD BITCH IM THE ONE ITS ME GOOSYMANE THE MUTHAFUCKING TROPICAL TYCOON. AMOR Y PAZ PA TODA MI GENTE- Goosy

MoonWalker Lance – Walker Life

DIRECTOR: Hometown Hero

New York City artist MoonWalker Lance takes it up a notch with his new visual, “Walker Life” directed by Hometown Hero. The RubiRosa produced track takes a dip into Lance’s luxurious life and showcases the ins and outs of that life. Posted with his day 1’s, Lance etches his verse and hook into your musical brain with catchy lyrics that attract the ear off rip. I’m ready to see what 2020 has in store for MoonWalker Lance as he looks to drop even more gems. Stay tuned and check out his latest video, out now!

CAVE Ft. DaShawn Watson & Sky Luca$ – Bevo

FEATURES: DaShawn Watson & Sky Luca$

South Florida native CAVE drops a brand new single, “BEVO” featuring DaShawn Watson & Sky Luca$. The trio takes 2020 by the horns and drops this memorable track for us all to enjoy! Off rip, I love this track and the diversity it brings. Both Watson & Luca$ do the song justice with their features as well! As 2020 gets in full swing, I’m curious to see what else CAVE has in store for us. Don’t sleep and check out this new song. Also be on the watch for our exclusive interview as well with CAVE, dropping soon!