New Voices 2020 Q&A: Elijah Maja

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To celebrate the selection of this year’s New Voices cohort, we caught up with all the selected artists and composers for a quick chat.

Here, we speak to New Voices 2020 composer Elijah Maja. Elijah is an artist, composer and creative facilitator from London.

Can you tell us about your musical influences?

The sounds that inspire my process take influence from incantations to Techno, Dub and R&B, as well as Nigerian Fuji music. Artists like K-Hand, Basic Channel, Darkchild, Wasiu Ayinde and King Tubby impact my work.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am considering the impact of space on sounds that you grow accustomed to in the city, utilizing field recordings and audio-visual fragments and how they become instruments in their own right. The relationships between repetition in sonic patterns and how study opens space to trace genre musical lineages.

What are you looking forward to most about New Voices?

The time to focus and develop research for this specific project. Research is one of the processes I most enjoy so to have the time and resources to craft an intentional work is what I’m looking forward to.

Sound and Music gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner:

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