We got the chance to sit down with Ohio native Eazy El Loco & find out where he’s been and where he’s going!
What’s good brotha I appreciate you taking the time to chop it up w/ me! I see you’ve recently relocated to LA from Ohio — what inspired the move?!
I actually haven’t moved… yet. We were taking an extended vacation to work on music and meet some of our friends that we’ve acquired via social media over the years. But I plan on relocating come June. & I guess the inspiration came from being fed up with the same routine in Ohio every day. After meeting different people from Cali and seeing that it’s actually possible to do, I’ve come back to ohio with that “let’s get the fuck out of here” mindset. By summer 2016 I’ll be a resident, but until then I’ll be flying out for extended periods of time on the random.
What do you think you can accomplish in Cali that may have not been possible in the Midwest? Or was it just time for a change of scenery??
In the Midwest there isn’t many opportunities for growth. It’s possible, but most times it requires leaving for a bigger city with more opportunities. I was in Los Angeles for a few weeks and I’ve made more progress in that small amount of time, than I ever have in Ohio. You meet someone through a mutual homie out there, and the next thing you know you’re getting invited to shows and parties where you’re brushing shoulders with different creatives who are on the same mission. And everyone is welcoming as hell. It’s like the people want to see each other succeed out there and it’s beautiful.
How long have you been making music & what got you into it?
I’ve been making music since 2008, but I didn’t start making music I actually consider to be good, until early 2015. I’ve always been into music since I was a little kid, buying albums with money I saved up every week. I guess my love for music is what really got me into creating. I know what I like to listen to, and I wanted to construct it myself. So I taught myself the tricks of the trade and built a makeshift studio in my bedroom at the age of 16.
Where did the name Eazy El Loco come from?
My name in Spanish is Isai (pronounced Ee-Sah-Ee) so my godfather had always called me Eazy-E since I was a toddler. My family caught on and it eventually turned to just Eazy. Being that I was a little loco as a child, I decided to keep my nickname and add El Loco to the end, which became Eazy El Loco.
Describe the music scene in Ohio..
There’s a lot of talent, with very minimal outlets to get the music out there. So often times the artists will do a lot of their own events which I admire. If you have a chance to go see a show in Columbus, I highly recommend it. No matter who it is, or which venue, Columbus does it right.
Do you enjoy singing or rapping more?
I like them both equally.
You recently had a performance in Chicago w/ Kap G — how was that??
I was so excited to be the special guest on that show, but devastated when they decided to cancel. But shit happens. More opportunities will present themselves in the near future.
You are currently doing NUMBERS on Spotify – “Beautiful Ass Day” is almost at a million streams. What has been your plan of attack behind promoting that record?
I really just got lucky. Shoutout to the wonderful Spotify curators is all I can say about that. Thanks to them, everything has been rolling along smoothly. Outside of that we have been pushing on the social media side, twitter, Facebook, IG, the usual.
Top 5 Favorite Rappers of All Time…
In no particular order.
Favorite strand of marijuana…
I get bored with one strain over a period of time, so I like to mix and match. But the strains I really enjoy the most, Blue Dream, Lemon OG, Gorilla Glue, Headband, blueberry trainwreck, I could go on for days with this topic haha.
Favorite munchie of all time..
I’ve been digging the chile limon Doritos lately.
Drink of choice..
Cucumber lime Gatorade.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years??
On the coast with all my closest amigos, with an abundance of buds, just doing what we do now. But on a bigger scale.
What is the hardest thing about being an independent artist?
The hardest thing is actually believing in yourself enough to make your situation change. It’s very easy to get discouraged, but getting over that and taking the necessary steps to move forward is a beautiful thing. I still get discouraged at times, but the love I have for making music always overcomes everything.
If you could tell the readers one thing, what would it be?
Life is too short to be doing shit that you hate for a living. Find what you love to do, and build off of that.
Also, go stream and download my music everywhere online.
Thank you for your time brotha – I look forward to watching you succeed!