Introducing | eu-IV
Eu-IV (pronounced you-four) has already risen on many radars with his releases on American beat label Flow-fi, validating their philosophy for seeking out and releasing lesser known artists who all share a similar mastery for creating groove-laden, soulful beat music.
Eu-IV is representative of this musical demographic. He’s uploaded and released a number of tracks over the last few years, and a listen through his Soundcloud page reveals a number of short, sharp, dynamic tracks characterized by melodic, intricate grooves and off-kilter arrangements. The most defining feature that stands out in his music his drum patterns; they lay the foundation for the arrangements that surround, helping mould a web of head-nodding beat music patched together by raw samples.
We caught up with the Baltimore-based artist to talk a little through his music, as well as some of his key influences.
Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from and how you got into music
My name is Travon and I’m a beatmaker, photographer and painter (sometimes). I’m from Baltimore, MD. I got into music from watching my big brother and his homeboys make songs. Also having nothing to do played a big part
Where does the name eu-IV come from?
I was listening to the Euphoria mixtape from MoRuf and Iman Omari and got the idea. My favorite number is 4.
In the UK we’re well exposed to music coming out of New York and LA, how would you describe the scene in Baltimore? Do you feel like you would ever have to move location for the progression of your music?
Baltimore doesn’t have a specific sound, but it’s full of unique artists who are progressing the scene. I’ve strongly thought about moving to New York or LA, but I don’t know for sure
Your music spans a myriad of sounds, but it’s always characterized by melodic, intricate grooves and off-kilter arrangements. One of the most distinctive parts of your music is the drums you create. Can you tell us a little about the creative process when you get in the studio, do you have a set aim or an idea before you start?
I usually find a sample and try to find a loop. If that doesn’t work out, I start with drums and work around the drums. I go into making music with a clear mind. There’s no premeditated sound that I aim for. I see it as a collage.
You’ve released/ uploaded a lot of tracks over the past few years, do you feel like your sound has evolved from when you first started or is your output now inspired by a different time and place?
My sound is inspired by my current emotions and thoughts. It’s an outpouring of my consciousness I think.
You release music with Flow-fi, how did this relationship come about and do you work with any other collectives?
I met and became cool with Rvdical The Kid when he was here in Baltimore. Sometime later he asked if I wanted to join Flow-Fi and the rest is history.
What track are you most proud of?
I would say COMEin (Demo). Because I ran it through a TV, my SP-404 and did a little record scratching. Feels like I leveled up after that
What music are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening to a lot 90’s R&B. Mainly songs I heard growing up. Like Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Jodeci
Can you remember your first memory of music as a kid?
I remember hearing “Stop! In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes on the radio. After I waited by the radio regularly I to hear it again (never happened)
What are some are your favorite LPs?
ATLiens, My Life, Late Registration, Reasonable Doubt, Brown Sugar.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
Andre 3000, Jay Electronica, Mary J Bige, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Amel Larrieux
What do you have coming up?
I have a couple projects in the works. Just trying to build my catalog