LX, (real name, Elijah Harvey born in Landstuhl, Germany- Washington, DC raised) is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist artist known for his signature blend of rock into modern hip hop. LX stands for “Living in X-zile (exile)” He has gained national and international attention and exposure for his “out of the box” songwriting and production.
As a teenager he had a group called “Warpath” whom he grew up with. They did talent shows, rap battles and various contests. During his college years, he stepped away from the group to find himself and to learn new instruments such as guitar and bass and genres outside of hip-hop and R&B (Such as rock, Dance, Techno and Pop). In that time, he also composed an indie solo album called Eternity: The Rebirth focusing on his personal life and growth. He has released multiple albums since then.
LX has worked for and with famous labels such as Def Jam, Universal, Columbia and Interscope Records. He has also produced and worked with music/projects for UGK (Underground Kings), Bone Thugs N Harmony, DTP (Disturbing the Peace), Slip N Slide, Def Jam, Deep Freeze, Interscope Records- Wale, Don Juan, David Correy, Boaz, Nappy Roots and other national/international artists. He has also co-produced/starred in commercials as well as worked on a few indie movie soundtracks He has had a career widely recognized for his “Left Field” Production and has been a 2x nominated Best Producer DMV award and a Southern Entertainment (SEA) award winner (Pursuit of Nappiness- Nappy Roots) LX is arguably one of the most diverse and creative artists of his time.
Talented, focused, and confident, LX brings a refreshing sound to the music industry. He isn’t afraid to push boundaries and challenge the status quo. He is brazenly tearing up the rule book and building the house anew. LX has built up a significant reputation for his cutting wordplay, deep-seated puns, and distinctive delivery. He is the artist to watch!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
LX: Well, it depends, I’m a military brat, both of my parents were in the Army I was born in Landstuhl, Germany and lived a little of everywhere, but DC is home. I’ve been here the longest!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
LX: My music background is a little odd. I can honestly say I really didn’t like anyone except Michael Jackson until I was about 11 or 12, him, video game music and TV Theme songs, I thought it took a lot of thought to write and create the scores, so when I started producing around the age of 9, that would be a major influence in how I moved. As I got older, of course my mind opened to people like Bone Thugs, NAS etc in the hip hop world and then Linkin Park really got me open to the rock world. But to run it back, I’ve been playing piano since I was about 5. I’m self-taught so all I had was my ears, I don’t know, man… music always made sense to me even when the world around me didn’t. I played trumpet and sax in middle school, I still mess around with it, but again, I really didn’t know how or wanted to read the notes…so I really focused on piano and it’s my strongest instrument, I picked up guitar and bass in college. I literally would practice day in and out. I went to homecoming and they still call me “Guitar boy”. No, real live, it’s in the year book! Lol
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
LX: Why not? It’s not everyday people find their purpose, so I’m grateful that I’ve found something that I LOVE to do day in and day out and still make a living off it. I feel like this is my God-given talent to empathize, make people move, think, cry laugh and know they are not alone. I live to inspire and help others grow! Right now, it’s easier to release music and get it out to the masses than it was 10 years ago…time to shoot my shot!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
LX: Vibe-wise, it can range from something ridiculous and parody like- to fast paced raps, to emotional rock music. I like to talk about growth, moving past things, being ok with not being ok with the bad times and just embracing the place you’re in. You may get a turn up track, you may get a club track…. which in most cases, it’s about taking someone’s girl. I mean I don’t think any rapper has made a song about not taking someone’s girl, it’s only right and the turn up formula, I really like those kind of tracks, especially if you can hide the meaning of the song in music. I like pushing the envelope and being really vulnerable. The fact that I produce all of my tracks make it my world and free to do anything I feel at the time!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
LX: Well, see, if you’re talking about producing, hands down, Quincy, Tim, Dre, Justice League and Missy oh and the whole musical staff at Disney from 1980-2000. I’ve learned so many progressions from them! Now, if you’re talking rap, Treach, Pun, Em, Lupe, Tech N9ne, Pac, Nas, Biggie and Bone…Bone for sure.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
LX: I would say it’s eclectic. Expect anything at any given time; I have a short attention span so I’m not going to ever have the beat stay the same the entire way. Most songs have an element of rock or another genre in it. There’s pure rap songs, pure rock songs, I purposely try to stand out and people make a genre for me vs putting me in a limited box. You could get any of my CDs and regardless of demographic, you are going to love something on that joint!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
LX: What I talk about is genuine. It’s real; it’s a place I’m in. I don’t really care for trends, I mean waves are cool but I can adapt to that and still be the true artist I am. You can go back to a 2004 CD and see how my style has evolved to the 2016 style on this project, yet I’m still true to myself and you will know who I am when you hear me vs “which one is that?” Plus, ain’t too many artists going to sing and harmonize over rock, then break down with a mutli-syllabic high energy rhyme on the same song. I pride myself on that…”LX” stands for Living in Exile….so standing out is the basis of who I am as an artist, and a person. I didn’t even want to learn how to read music. Why spend my time trying to do something someone else already did when I can make my own? Don’t even ask me to be in cover band, I won’t do it lol. That’s time I could be making history! That’s no shade to cover bands, but I mean, if you have the ability to add to music vs copying it, why put the energy in that? Just my thoughts. It’s not right or wrong but it’s right to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
LX: Man, I’ve had songs placed on major artists CD’s and never made it out at the last minute, it was no one’s fault but it just goes to show that you really can’t have “expectations” in this industry, just stay consistent and keep working because disappointments are real. No let me be really real with a memorable one, my bro Jimi Kendrix had a chance to work on a Michael Jackson and he asked me to come up and lay some tracks on it. Weeks later he passed away. The story isn’t even believable and it hurts to bring it up. But that would have been so dope! Once you realize that you can only do what you can and hope that the politics and everything works out in your favor and be ok with it not working. As long as you keep working, you won’t have time to be disappointed because you’ll have so many harvests if you do it right.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
LX: Oh! The good stuff!! Well, since you asked, I’m working on my fourth commercial release, “Eternity: The Transition” in which I go from “LX” to Elijah “LX” Harvey and stepping up my skills and production; it’s coming out in 2017 and I’ve been working on it 2 years. I’m REALLY excited to let you guys hear it. I’m also working on an instrumental album and helping out Music BLVD licensing with some TV themes and soundtracks in between producing for folks, one of which is Layzie Bone, got a joint called “Hero” but it’s still in the works. Let’s just cross our fingers it comes out and blows! Let’s just say I have enough work to keep me busy until 2019!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
LX: I would have built my empire of talented professionals, because I’m already doing that. Once I put out a few more projects, I’m going to produce and have the younger up and comers come change the game….no, who am I kidding, I’ll be doing this forever, but I will be set and so will my family. I will have a network of people and tools to include an affordable “go-to” studio in DC and pay it forward to other artists. DC is so hard to break out of and I want to insure that more artists have a way to get known. It’s the least I can do for the people who looked out for me when they didn’t have to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can fans access your music and contact you?
LX: LXisMusic is everything: www.LXisMusic.com, www.Facebook.com/LXismusic, Twitter.com/LXisMusic, Instagram is LXisMusic as well. Please feel free to drop a comment or a line! I love to speak with my supporters!