Welcome back to another read of Revolving Edge. This week I was given the opportunity to inteview Miami based Band Elements.
E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. The Brand is a Miami-based band comprised of multi-faceted musicians and producers including Aaron Marcus Payne (guitarist, singer/songwriter, and drummer), Barry Band$ (drummer and producer), Dj Young Cell (DJ), and Hubert "Big Hube" Phanord (pianist, producer, and writer).
E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S., with a unique blues-based sound as its core (its spinal cord, if you will) and strands of rock, funk, and R&B permeating throughout like veins carrying life-blood, stands for “Epically Levitating Every Mind’s Eye Neatly Through Sound.” From its inception, this dynamic group of musicians and art curators have been focused on providing invigorating sounds infused with various genres of music. As a unit, it is apparent that they are dedicated to the progression of culture and art by using their immense sound and infectious melodies to impact not just their audiences, but the world alike.
I have been blessed enough to experience what is E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. many times at our shared alumni, Florida Memorial University, and I must say they are extremely talented. I live for music and this is exactly the type of music we need in the world. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a fan’s review on the band’s Facebook page “www.facebook.com/ElementsTheBrand/”.
“Wish I could give 100 stars. It's that serious. Let me just drop this story real quick. E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. performed in Brooklyn a couple years ago, so of course I had to be there since they made the long treck to my own backyard. Their music & style of play is so incredibly captivating that after about 20 min of a jam session (or at least it felt like 20 min...I mean that in every good way possible), once they stopped, the crowd just looked at them, waiting for more. The room of approx 150 ppl literally came to a silent halt in anticipation of the next note to be played. I'm talking mouths open & blank stares of anticipation. It was almost awkward. I broke out into a maniacal applause and "wooohoooo" once I realized they were actually done. These musicians are truly enchanting. Can't wait to have them play at my wedding.”
Fortunately, I was able to book some time on their busy schedule between gigs to meet with the guys and ask a few questions. I took a different approach from my usual method and presented each of them with the same questions, ranging from what type of impact they want to have on people and society to a single word each member would employ to describe the band. It’s clear that as a whole, they are indeed family. Although tied together through the bond of mutual respect and brotherly love, each member of E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S. is his own man and has a different answer to the questions mentioned above. Read for yourself.
1. When people hear your music, what do you want them to feel?
Aaron Marcus Payne: “I want them to feel uplifted, their mood to be changed. Just feel good”.
Barry Band$: “Passion, presence, and whichever emotion the music leans towards”.
Dj Young Cell: “A unique experience that will inspire the world and make people feel good”.
Hubert "Big Hube" Phanord: “Sensational (in his Future voice)”.
2. What made you decide to join together and create a band?
Aaron Marcus Payne: “We all met in school at Florida Memorial, we bonded as friends/brothers before all of this. We all have musical skills [so] it was a natural progression to come together musically”.
Barry Band$: “We all at one point [in] time were enrolled at Florida Memorial University as music majors. We always hung out to together and built a bond between one another. We used one another's strengths and put them together while helping each other strengthen our weaknesses”.
Dj Young Cell: “We met each other at Florida Memorial University and the chemistry just came naturally”.
Hubert "Big Hube" Phanord: “It just made sense...no need to recreate the wheel”.
3. As a band, what are some of the most challenging aspects you face as a whole?
Aaron Marcus Payne: “Moving as a unit, putting yourself to the side for the betterment of the group. We are all strong individuals, but we are stronger together”.
Barry Band$: “Finances”.
Dj Young Cell: “Being on one accord and considering all the members when making a decision”.
Hubert "Big Hube" Phanord: “Making collective decisions...whose turn is it to drive??”
4. Who inspires you musically?
Aaron Marcus Payne: “D’Angelo, Gary Clark Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Anthony Hamilton, Usher, Mint Condition, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Kerry ‘Too Smooth’ Marshall, and Musiq Soulchild”.
Barry Band$: “James Brown and T-Pain”.
Dj Young Cell: “James Brown, Mint Condition, The Roots, Maroon 5, Coldplay, and Earth Wind and Fire”.
Hubert "Big Hube" Phanord: “P Funk, James Brown, Gap Band, Motown, Mint Condition, Tank, Usher, Ginuwine, Tyrese, Gary Clark Jr., Kerry ‘Too Smooth’ Marshall, and Robert Glasper”.
5. Lastly, what is one word you would use to describe the band, E.L.E.M.E.N.T.S.? If you have more than one, that’s fine.
Aaron Marcus Payne: “Dynamic”.
Barry Band$: “We Got Soul”.
Dj Young Cell: “Family”.
Hubert "Big Hube" Phanord: “Epically Levitating Every Mind’s Eye Neatly Through Sound”.
How’s that for a one-word answer!