After debuting at the age of 14, Elan Suave, an 18-year-old music prodigy, has already released an astonishing amount of songs and EPs.
Bam Bam Productions presents the “1 OF 1” EP, the sixth studio album by the New York City rapper.
Yvng Khaa, Na2kaa, Hicks Made That and Nikblor Beats are among the new producers that collaborated with Elan on his EP project, as well as regular collaborator Jose “Clutch” Martinez.
In addition to talking about his most recent album, he also discussed his entire musical career.
What is your real name?
My real name is Ethan Griffiths. It’s funny because not many people call me “Ethan” anymore.
What’s your official Showbiz name?
My stage name is Elan Suave. My brother gave me the name “Elan” and I came up with the “Suave” part of my stage name two years later.
How did you get into music?
Honestly, I’ve been in music my whole life. I started off in the church choir at age 7 and took piano/vocal lessons growing up. When I was around 13, my brother started recording original music and I knew I had the capability of doing that too. I took that opportunity to test my abilities and never looked back.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I don’t like to tie myself to anyone genre totally because I feel like my sound can shift between R&B and Hip Hop. I would describe my genre as mainly melodic rap.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first project was “Elan’s World” and I released this project in 2018. I mainly worked with KayLivMusic, a producer and engineer I met when I first started music. This project was definitely a great start for me and introduced me to the industry.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
My family inspires me the most because I see them do a lot for me on a daily basis. I want to give back to them and put my family in a better position for generational wealth. My love of music also motivates me with my career and work ethic.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
I look up to my brother. He was the reason I started recording my own music. I’ve always been around music, but when I was 13, my older brother started building a home studio in our house. I knew that I had potential, so I expanded upon the foundation I had.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I look to build generational wealth for my family through music, film, and fashion. I also want to put people close to me in a position for them to also win as well.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I faced minor and major challenges in my 3 ½ years of being an indie artist. Minor challenges have been things as simple as writers’ block. The major things though have been about me breaking out of my introverted shell and promoting myself efficiently.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet impacted the music business in a major way. Artists no longer have to rely or sign to major labels. On the flip side, artists can use the Internet to gain attention through the Internet for opportunities.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Don’t hold back. Your gut feeling when you write/record songs is what makes your music unique to you. Too often artists suppress their talent by trying to sound like what’s already out there. I’d also advise aspiring songwriters to focus most of their attention on the hook part of the song. Most times, the hook of the song is what makes it viral.
What is your current project about?
My current project, “1 OF 1: THE EP”, is about being unique and different from your peers. I want people to feel comfortable being themselves because we are all “1 of 1”. The lead single and first song of this project, “1 OF 1”, is a very self-confident song and I want people to feed off of my energy.
What are your hobbies?
Some of my favourite hobbies are catching up on TV shows or playing basketball with my friends. I grew up playing basketball so it has always been a fun pastime for me.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I attend Howard University and I am a freshman mechanical engineering major. Attending Howard has helped my profession immensely. It’s a family environment and everybody is supportive of my profession.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
In whatever you do, consistency is key. Most good things don’t come overnight and the only way you’ll achieve what you want is through consistency. Consistency has served me well so far