Tribal Spotlight: Eli Brown

Articles, Spotlight // Fri 30 Sep 2022 - 15:32pm

Tribal is honoured to kick off Eli Brown’s ‘Believe Tour’ this Friday with a full-capacity, techno warehouse show at Hope Works, Sheffield. Limited tickets remain, you can purchase them here.

Eli Brown took the house music world by storm back in 2016 and quickly established himself as an artist of real prestige with his chart-topping productions.

Eli’s tech house talent was first recognised by none other than the legendary DJ Skream; soon after, Eli’s ‘Can You Feel It / Acid Test‘, was the latest addition to Skream‘s Of Unsound Mind label.

What followed was Eli’s big break, his tracks were consistently dropped by some massive names, such as Fitzpatrick, Solardo and, of course, Skream.

Bristol bass ‘Bomber’

However, it must be mentioned, Eli’s journey to the top wasn’t as simple as it seems. It took many more years of honing in on his craft before Brown made it big.

Under the name Xample, Eli began releasing bass records in 2003 and eventually signed as an exclusive artist to Andy C‘s RAM Records in 2007.

Soon after, he went on to have a lucrative career as one-half of the bass duo, Loadstar (which remained active until 2020); he released chart-topping tracks, toured across the globe and of course, made friends in high places.

Fast forward to 2016, after several years of touring, Loadstar played Glastonbury and Eli spent much of the weekend with his friend Dan, AKA Eats Everything.

I watched his sets and saw Carl Cox play Arcadia, and I just came away from that experience feeling really inspired / And I thought alright, I’ll make a few house tunes. See what happens.

– Eli Brown

Swapping out the bass music influences of Brizzle for the house music heritage of the Northwest, he geared his productions towards — what was to him — a fresh, new scene. 

A legendary leg-up

This is when he sent his first house track to Skream, anonymously. Having met through their love for dubstep and playing many gigs together, Eli felt it was best to utilise anonymity to obtain Skream’s honest opinion.

It was a risk that he wouldn’t listen to it because he probably gets sent thousands of tunes. But luckily, he liked it.”

– Eli Brown

With Skream snatching up his first EP, Eli spent six months in his studio becoming a production powerhouse. Each new banger was submitted to his favourite labels and he certainly caught their attention. 

Changing the game

From this point forth, Brown’s rise to fame was meteoric, and his track ‘Sumatra’ — released on Toolroom in 2017 — became one of the biggest selling tracks of the year, which was quickly followed by ‘Hysteria’ on Repopulate Mars.

Within the same year, he was booked for Solardo Sessions at The Warehouse Project and then for their two-room residency at Hï Ibiza. For Brown, 2017 was characterised by extreme progress and consistent support from artists who he collaborated with, such as Skream, and tastemakers, such as Annie Mac and Monki, who shared his music with their avid listeners. 

An unstoppable force

By 2018, Brown had Solardo’s Sola, Green Velvet’s Relief Records and elrow under his belt of accomplishments, all whilst completing a tremendously busy tour; he made his first-ever appearance at the iconic Miami Music Week, continued to tour to South America, and then returned back to the UK to make his debut at the London club fabric.

His prolific anthem streak continued to shake up the international club scene in 2019, ‘Brazil’ [Repopulate Mars], ‘Inside My Head’ [Black Book Records], ‘Our Love’ [Truesoul] and ‘BS48‘ [Big Beat] — he kept dishing out belter after belter.

Shining in the…

Nothing exemplified this more than the release of ‘XTC’. The Solardo collaboration skyrocketed in popularity, topping Beatport’s tech house charts, racking up millions of streams and hitting daytime Radio 1 after being crowned Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’. Soon, even superstar Calvin Harris began blasting out his tracks.

Calvin started playing my records out… and we’ve been chatting on email ever since / I sent him something in January [2019], and he was bang into it, so we wrote two tracks together. They’re part of the ‘Moving EP‘ that came out in April [2019].

– Eli Brown

Even as recently as 2021, the pair have kept coming in thick and fast. The release of ‘We Can Come Together’ with Love Regenerator shot up to the top of Radio 1‘s ‘Hottest Record In The World‘ — awarding Eli his fourth hottest record to date!

Mr. Worldwide

As the summer of 2019 came to a close, Eli released his ‘Come Together’ EP on Fitzpatrick’s We Are The Brave label and kick-started his Come Together World Tour. Over 3 months, Eli managed to reach every corner of the globe, debuting in Singapore and Japan as well as returning to his strongholds in the USA, Canada, Brazil and Ibiza.

Arcane NRG

Wrapping up his tour just in time for a year of closed clubs and music industry decline, Eli took advantage of a gigless 2020 to focus on an album and line up releases for his newly formed label: Arcane Music. Alongside its launch, Arcane issued Eli’s techno masterpiece, ‘NRG’ and tech house tripper, ‘Ketamine Dream’ (feat. Daddy Dino). 

Today the label boasts 32 tracks across 18 catalogues, featuring artists such as Miane, Ben Hemsley, Marco Faraone, Disfreq and Matt Guy. The peak time platform has become a techno slammer haven: Hemsley’s ‘I Feel The Love’, Guy’s ‘Party Starter’, Dok & Martin’s ‘Euphoria’ and most recently Disfreq’s ‘Time Is Now.

Listening to any Arcane feature, it is clear Eli knows what promising up-and-coming talent to showcase at the forefront of his creation — just like Skream did for him.

UnBElieVaBLE

It is crystal clear that Eli Brown is only growing stronger and stronger. Not only is Brown able to create punchy club-ready tracks, such as ‘Believe’ and ‘Rudeboi’, but he is also able to work with a mix of eclectic gems, such as his rework of The Stooges‘ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, and his remix of the infamous ‘Chime’ by Orbital.

Each of Eli Brown’s track releases showcases his versatility as a producer, and his ability to work alongside a series of reputable record labels, such as Defected, We Are The Brave and, most recently, Patrick Topping’s TRICK, further establishes this. Brown is truly a master of the music. 

Steel Yard stompers

Undeniably a stardom moment, Eli effortlessly packed out the Steel Yard at Creamfields North this year. Revered by fans and DJs alike, his set was an unremitting display of infectious energy, breathtaking beats and euphoric vocal twists. Each new addition to the setlist sparked up an even fiercer response by his listeners. 

Can’t Stop the Feeling

Brown has garnered admiration and support from every corner and every artist on the musical spectrum. 

Eli is not just a talented producer but a proficient DJ, he displays a masterful manipulation of sound and weaponises his music to forge extraordinary positive energy — no matter the space.

He is one of music’s most innovative and forward-thinking DJs and producers heading into 2023 and beyond.

Words By James Barnes and Aimee Dodd