Eliot Lipp brings flavorful sound to Samana Lounge
December 11, 2013
VAIL — Brooklyn-based DJ Eliot Lipp returns to Samana Lounge in Vail for a show Thursday night.
"It has been a number of years since Eliot has performed at Samana and I am really looking forward to his performance," said Samana Lounge talent buyer Ross Cohen who booked the show. "His use of a keyboard, combined with beats from his computer, set him above many of the artists that pass through Samana Lounge."
The last time Lipp performed there, he remembers "good, warm energy in the club," and that "everyone was getting down," he said.
Despite having been on the scene for nearly a decade, Lipp, who is on Pretty Lights music label, was named of Vibe Magazines top 10 fastest rising DJs just this past summer. Lipp's music tastefully spans genres, styles and techniques and has been called "omnivorous," since it includes everything from electro and funk to indie and downtempo.
Lipp answered a few questions for the Vail Daily, including how his music is like a good plate of Mexican food.
Vail Daily: What do you like about performing in mountain towns such as ours?
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Eliot Lipp: I think people are more laid back. A lot of folks are on vacation … Good vibes all around. People are just out to have fun.
VD: What's new in your world since you last played here?
EL: I've been working on a new album, due out in 2014. That's where a lot of my focus has been really for the past several months.
VD: What can you tell us about it?
EL: It's my signature style… Tons of samples, tons of synths. There's a lot more funk. And there's quite a bit of live guitar.
VD: Tell me about some of the risks you've been taking with your music lately?
EL: I don't like to follow trends, per say. I play a lot of club shows but don't play what you'd consider typical club music. This can be risky sometimes, but I also feel like it's one of the things that sets me apart and makes me unique.
VD: What up-and-comers in the electronic dance music and just music scene in general have been inspiring you?
EL: Djemba Djemba, heRobust and Sir Charles.
VD: What's a question you wish journalists would ask you, and answer it.
EL: What food is your music most like: Mexican food because the synthesizer is basically the avocado portion. It's color is nice and bright; it's kind of fattening, but it's still really good for you. The drums are the beans. It weighs it down, holds it all together. My samples are the cheese and sour cream sprinkled on top… Gives it the flavor.
VD: You just released a remix of a Pretty Lights song that has been very well received. Tell me about it.
EL: They gave me three days to finish this task, so I had to bust my ass on it. I really enjoyed making it because I love Derek's music. I already knew what I wanted to do as soon as they told me what song I was doing.