Erick 'The Architect' Elliott Proves His Musical Blueprint Is 'Future Proof'
Erick Elliott (AKA Erick the Architect) is a multifaceted person. He certainly earns his title as an architect, an architect of many things. In his solo work, Erick is someone who can never be boxed into just one category. Whether it’s being a graphic designer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, or coder, Erick is always prepared to add to his repertoire of skills.
In some senses, Erick is like the Stanley Kubrick of producers. But without the same level of public recognition, yet just as meticulous in his craft. And instead of adapting and unearthing novels, it is with samples. He has an ineffable ability to take an old record and flip it into something entirely contemporary. The very same records were the sounds that radiated through his childhood home, records from the 60s and 70s Motown and soul era. From having two older brothers Erick grew to love music which was before his time.
As a rapper, Erick’s verses unpack like a set of mini-anthologies, amplified by a substructure of grounded thought and contemplations. “Within the last year, I feel I've grown exponentially. I've understood what it took and what it's going to take for me to reach the next point in my career” says Erick speaking from his home studio in LA. The FUTURE PROOF EP is his first solo album since his project Almost Remembered in 2011. Previously, Erick has released two instrumental albums: Arcstrumentals, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
Words by Sophia Hill
Creative Direction: Ray Napoles
Photography Ray Napoles
Stylist Yousef El Mustapha
Special Thanks to Lucid Online
Erick is also one-third of Flatbush Zombies, which formed in 2010 and became one of NYC’s most revered hip hop groups. Alongside his counterparts, Meechy and Juice, the trio’s legacy is an ode to the heritage of hip hop and the sounds of Brooklyn. They are also members of the hip hop supergroup Beast Coast, accompanied by fellow Brooklynites, The Underachievers and Pro Era. Each member brings in their own element in such a way that makes them one of the most talented crews out there, and that’s without ever signing to a label. From creating Better Off Dead and 3001: A Laced Odyssey in Erick and Meech’s first-floor apartment (with Juice crashing on the floor) the group worked tirelessly to get to where they are now.
It all started in Flatbush, where the three first banded together. As kids, they would be found hanging out in comic book stores and navigating the trials and tribulations of NY. Erick now lives in LA - and although he will never forget where he came from – he enjoys the slower pace of life and endless views; “The biggest difference for me is that I’m able to build my studio in my house and also go just 10-minutes and see the mountains.” says the 32-year-old.
When making music Erick ensures to remember times when he had nothing – “I'm never gonna lose my fans, I'm never gonna let them feel like I don't want to be their friend or I don't have their back because I know what it's like to have nothing” he adds, “I can't let my ego or my success change me because of where I’m at in my life”.
I caught up with Erick about his journey to creating his FUTURE PROOF EP, moving past self-doubt, staying true to oneself, moving to LA, and making irreplaceable friendships along the way.