Underground legend Busdriver returns to Ithaca! Having collaborated, toured, worked with the likes of Deerhoof, Milo, Clipping, Mono/Poly, Modeselektor, P.O.S, Daedelus, and Boom Bip, Driver is ever evolving with releases on imprints like ANTI-, Fake Four, and Polyvinyl. Most recently, Bus costarred in the Brainfeeder/Flying Lotus film KUSO, which premiered at Sundance this year
Ithaca's underground electronic and hip hop producers descend on Casita Polaris for a one-night extravaganza of sonic and literary exploration to undiscovered worlds
Helen Stride & IU partner up again to bring back Fake Four, Inc founder Ceschi Ramos, the rapper and singer from New Haven, Connecticut who has been hopping genres and spilling guts for the better part of two decades.
Eyukaliptus, affiliated with Smacked & 73 Records, is a great example of the all ages, DIY, music scene in Ithaca. At 19 years old he has gained a following as a producer, singer, and songwriter. I caught up with Eyukaliptus recently in anticipation of his show Friday night with Onry Ozzborn at Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar.
Evan: How did you come up with (the name) Eyukaliptus and what does that name mean to you?
Eyukaliptus: I was in the 9th grade at my high school and I caught this little 3rd grader trying to spell eucalyptus. He misspelled it and wrote Eyukaliptus. I just remember thinking that spelling looked so raw, I decided to make that my name. To me, it reminds me of MF Doom’s Special Herbs instrumental series. Eyukaliptus just sounds like a dope plant that sort of matches the type of music I make.
Evan: Your older brother Corey, in bands such as Mouth To Mouth To Mouth, has played shows with IU quite a few times in the past. What influences has he had on your career?
Eyukaliptus: Corey is the reason I make electronic music, he introduced me to the DAWS (Digital Audio Workstation), which I still use today. He has been my biggest inspiration. Corey was also responsible for showing me a majority of the music which has influenced me.
Evan: Do you believe Ithaca Underground, as an organization, has had any influence on your career?
Eyukaliptus: IU has had a huge influence on my career. I’ve been going to IU events, performing, and participating with them since I began making music.
Evan: I can’t stop listening to your single, “Juke”, could you explain what the term, Juke, means?
Eyukaliptus: Juking is a style of dancing, which originated in Chicago. If you listen (to the song) there are certain sections meant for Juking.
Evan: What influence do you think your time spent in Chicago had on your latest album, “ALWAYS // TAKE OFF”?
Eyukaliptus: I was always listening to the hip-hop scene in Chicago. That basically influenced what I would be recording at the studio I was working at. Most of the album was recorded in Chicago.
Evan: How did you link up with Smacked records?
Eyukaliptus: Kelsey (Mr. McBean) reached out to me over a track I posted on Facebook when I was in, like, the 9th grade. Since that moment I’ve been working with them, it’s really started to take off recently. I consider them (Smacked Records) my day ones in music.
Evan: Any upcoming projects we should be watching out for?
Eyukaliptus: New Old Glow Project coming soon! Lunagram just dropped his project, 2am @ dennys. Also be on the lookout for new Eyukaliptus and Mr. McBean collaborations, coming soon!
Ithaca Underground & Helen Stride present: Onry Ozzborn, Rob Sonic, Upgrade, Rafael Vigilantics, & Eyukaliptus. Show takes place Friday 10/21 at Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar, doors open at 8pm.
Ratking leader and youth rapper WIKI sets fire to hiphop in Ithaca. Eyukaliptus returns to the big stage after a year in Chicago.
IU and Ithaca College's Bureau of Concerts collaborate to bring you a free, phenomenal night of rap & hiphop.