French rapper Eklips on his creativity


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“It has been a year since I drafted a song onto paper,” French hip-hop MC and beatboxer Eklips says. “Tablets and smartphones are ubiquitous,“ he adds. “One almost forgets how to write by hand.” He finds it easier and faster to dictate ideas into his iPhone.

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Eklips finds stimulation for his creativity in all kinds of music. “Michael Jackson very much inspired me,” he says. He particularly loves Jackson’s early songs, but he also covers all kinds of classic tunes that you can hear on the radio. “Hip-hop, jazz, I like them all.” His favorite piece on his new album, an album that took him a mere three weeks to record, is an imitation of Stanley Clarke’s stately saxophone number from the movie “Boyz n the Hood”. If all goes according to plan, the 10-track “Lips“ will be released in early summer, by the end of 2015 at the latest.

Eklips’ craft is beatboxing, also known as vocal percussion. He produces drum beats and rhythm using only his mouth, nose, and throat (for a demonstration of his talent, watch this Youtube video:

Though beatboxing began early in the 20th century with musicians imitating percussion instruments while performing blues and hillbilly numbers, it wasn’t until hip-hop artists in the early 1980’s developed the technique as a perfect companion to breakdancing that the technique came to be considered an actual style.

Ideas for new songs don’t come easy to Eklips; he has to work hard for them. “I prefer to write in the studio”, the 34-year-old says. “I like the work atmosphere.” He lives in an apartment in Paris and sometimes, he says, he is struck by an idea right there. “Maybe it’s because I really like my home.” He enjoys being by himself. He writes in French (“I still have to work on my English”), then has lyrics translated into English by somebody else.

Only once, he was able to write a song within 20 minutes. Usually, it can take weeks to finish. “But when it’s fast and emotional”, Eklips says, “that’s the best.”