Though the mantra of Cloud City is to feature artists that are under-represented, sometimes their curation aligns with in-place momentum. One such artist on their lineup is Elijah Banks.
Elijah Banks has been slowly rising to prominence in Columbus, playing many a festival and recently playing direct support to Sarob, a hip hop fusion artist that has seen success in the streaming world and with shows in New York City. Like Sarob, Banks’ style is a bit more measured and not as aggressive as some of his peers. Even his single “Party,” a collaboration with Pronto3, opts for a more laid back approach than being a full on club banger.
Look for Banks to provide the chill yet groovy vibes perfect for an end of summer shindig. This is the sort of music I could envision being the soundtrack to a backyard cookout. Don’t miss his set and find all the info you need on Cloud City here. Enjoy our quick Q&A with him below:
Tuned Up: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Elijah Banks: Peanut Butter Chip
If your music was a cocktail (or other liquid concoction), what would it be?
I think my music would be a long island ice tea. It will have you fucked up on so many different levels.
What’s a memorable live show you’ve played?
Breakaway Music Festival
What music has really impacted you this year? Why?
I really have been listening to the new Ari Lennox, SZA, and Brent Fiayaz.
What books or films have impacted you in the past year? Why?
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*CK
What is your one weird thing you never tour without?
Whiskey & Gingerale and a Full Charge on the phone.
What is that don’t miss spot in Columbus?
What is the most exciting thing happening in your world right now?
About to release a lot of new music! My new single called “One Hundred” is coming out right before Cloud City on September 5, 2019.
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