Eulogy: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Beatsmith

Chances are if you’ve listened to Irish hip-hop then you’ve listened to Eulogy. The Belfast based beat smith has becoming the city’s in demand producer, regularly linking up with Leo Miyagee, Becky McNiece and EMBY on beats spanning hip-hop, pop, drill and grime.

As the local soundscape continues to evolve and diversify, producers like Eulogy are flying the flag for high-quality sound that rivals its European and UK counter-parts; intent on building a community of artists and harnessing that energy to make Northern Ireland a premium destination for forward-thinking and creative contemporary music.

We sat down recently to chat about the local scene, dream link-ups and why Isaiah Rashad’s RIP Kevin Miller might be the best hip-hop track of all time.

When did you start producing? Was it always hip-hop? If not, when did that change?

I’ve dabbled in various DAWS throughout my life, from toy ones where the loops are all preset. The kind of music I produce now, I would have started doing that around 2015. What drove me to producing was getting really into trap music, the likes of Future and Young Thug. As well as more experimental hip hop acts such as Clams Casino and Nosaj Thing.

Who are your inspirations?

I’m just so inspired by music in general. I was thinking this morning about Tame Impala; the stuff he can produce by himself is unbelievable. It’s so far away from hip-hop but it’s a massive inspiration, the aesthetic that he’s got. There’s elements of music that appeal to me across the board, it doesn’t matter if it’s hip hip or electronic or rock, it can be anything as long as there are certain vibes. Overall I’m a big fan of the concept of ambient, it doesn’t really matter what kind of music it is, but big epic, reverby trippy vibes are my thing.

You seem like the go-to guy for most artists up here in the North, what do you make of the current scene?

It’s definitely night and day compared to when I started, to my knowledge anyway. Back then you could count on two hands the amount of people doing hip hop here. Now every week there is a new artist or producer popping up. It’s definitely moving in the right direction. It’s amazing to see more collaboration and support  between the various camps and individuals on the scene. I really feel like it is this that’s going to elevate local music to where it needs to be.

You had not one, not two, not three, but FOUR tracks played in one set on BBC ATL last year, how amazing it been to see the support for your music?

It’s crazy! My main focus isn’t myself, it’s realising other people’s ambitions when it comes to music, so to randomly find out four of those occasions have been used on the same radio show; it was a lot to take in! That’s me! 

I have so much pride in the artists I work with, and that gave me so much pride in my own work as well. I strive for success, but I’m not striving to be the best of the best. To see that much support for myself is amazing.

If there was one artist in the world you could ever work with, who would it be?

Outside of Ireland… That’s a massive question. I’d probably go with someone like Isaiah Rashad. I’m such a loyal fan of his music. He’s always inspired my to be creative, from his beat selection to his style in general.

Isaiah would be a big one for me. I actually rank RIP Kevin Miller on Cilvia Demo as the greatest hip hop track of all time.

It’s funny you should mention that! I started a Spotify playlist around 2014 and it’s now the biggest one on my account. It’s about 100+ hours of hip hop, the very first song on that playlist is RIP Kevin Miller. His lyricism is amazing, but it’s so much more about the vibe. That’s what inspires me, it’s vibe over technicality every time. I’m not a huge fan of people like Eminem who can do crazy wordplay. I can appreciate it, but I’m looking for a vibe.

In Ireland, also a very big question. I’ve worked with plenty of people, but there’s also people I haven’t. I’m really enjoying the waves Sello is making at the moment. We’ve talked about it before so maybe it’ll happen soon. He represents his own roots while at the same time is repping Ireland is a strong way, I really like that. Things like that are amazing at unifying a scene, as they represent a sort of anthem. Recently I’ve found myself listening to the likes of Curtisy, Ahmed with Love and Khakikid on repeat so I’d love to set something up with those lads.

Take us through your studio, what you got?

I’ve just recently moved house. In my old gaff, I used half of my living room as a studio space. Because it’s a home vibe people feel a little more comfortable, it created a nice vibe in there to be creative.

My new place has a separated studio space, but I’ve managed to keep that homely feel. It’s just a little more focused than the previous space. I don’t know if I’d rush to get a commercial studio space, people seem more interested in coming to me as a producer as opposed to coming to use the space. You can make it your own for sure, but there’s something so casual about having it in your own place and people can make themselves feel more at home. It’s more of a creative space than a working space. People go to a studio when they want to record, whereas people can come to mine when they want to jam out. Better quality music is a result of that.

What’s next for Eulogy?

I’ve had a plan for a while now to put out a mixtape that showcases as many local artists as I can. It’s been a big undertaking. I’ve got a new found respect for people like DJ Khaled who can get so many artists together and have them put out something that they’re all happy with. Right now I just want to power ahead with that. 

It’s something that will give the local scene to unify itself with. The thing that Belfast has always needed is more things to strive for, to unify with. Be it a project or an event, just something to get as many people out as possible and seeing how many different artists there are. That’s how I discover most of my music – through collaborations. There’s always a feature by someone who I haven’t heard of. In a way that’s what Belfast needs, more people collaborating and mixing their fan bases. It will grow naturally from there. In the near future hopefully we can stand on a par with Dublin and their music scene. The sky’s the limit from there!

Follow Eulogy on Instagram here.

7th April 2022