Tag: Smacked Records

Interview with Eyukaliptus

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.

 

 

 

Interview with Mr. McBean

Kelsey promo photo

I caught up with Mr. McBean recently in anticipation of his first headlining show taking place tonight at the Chanticleer Loft. Mr. McBean is a rapper, self-proclaimed mind blower and co-founder of Smacked Records, an Ithaca based hip-hop collective.

Evan: So Mr. McBean, how does it feel to be headlining your first show?

Mr. McBean: Could you write that I’m requesting Tyler to answer all my questions? (laughs) It makes me feel like this is only the beginning.

Evan: In what ways do you believe Ithaca’s hip-hop scene has developed over the past couple of years?

Mr. McBean: I want to say that Smacked Records has come a long way this year. I also think the community has come together and become much more accepting of hip-hop because of organizations such as IU (Ithaca Underground).

Evan: What effects do you believe Ithaca Underground has had on the Hip Hop scene here in Ithaca?

Mr. McBean: I think it’s opened doors for us. IU has helped to create a-lot of opportunities for hip-hop based artists in this community to perform in new venues.

Evan: In what ways do you think being raised in Ithaca has affected the narrative in your music?

Mr. McBean: I don’t know, I’m just a product of my environment, I guess… I’m trying to make my environment a product of me.

Evan: What exactly is Smacked Records and how did it come to be?

Mr. McBean: Dude, Smacked Records is history in the making.
It’s a long story if anyone cares to know I would like for that story to unfold for him or her over time.

Evan: Anything releasing from Smacked Records that we should be on the look out for in the near future?

Mr. McBean: Organic Material, man I’m dropping an album, that’s the name of it by the way. (Lil) Fe’s dropping a mixtape, Series of Me. Vol 2, Infamous has a mixtape, Infamy, Lunagram is dropping an album, 2am @ Denny’s, and we have the Bobby Womack video coming soon from Eyukaliptus…

 

Ithaca Underground and Helen Stride present: Mr. McBean, Uncommon Nasa, Carl Kavorkian, & Asante. The show takes place tonight at The Chanticleer Loft, doors open at 7 p.m.