Sound Spotlight: Who The F*ck Is Eli James?

Introducing a man out to redefine live entertainment with groundbreaking artistic drive... and a glowing drum kit.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Locals on the L.A. music scene all know him, or at least know of him: Eli James, drummer, DJ, engineer, storyteller and a groundbreaking performer, is making a name for himself by single-handedly redefining live entertainment.

Sensory overload is the chief ingredient in the recipe at an Eli James show; Combining his original tracks with a multi-genre playlist of well known hits – including songs by artists such as Katy Perry, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West – on one of the world's only custom LED drum kits, Eli entrances his audiences by dominating their audio/visual senses.

But to hell with the word decoration – see for yourself what makes an Eli James show so original, captivating and kickass in the following Crave-exclusive video:

With his LED drum kit created in part with Adam Williams Presents & Resin Drums, Eli has evolved this unique onstage approach into his own infectious solo show, mixing his favorite tracks with his own original tunes while drumming and singing along. The DJ will never be the same again – and if he is, he needs to be fired. The ante just got upped. 

Eli embarks on a nationwide tour this Summer, ending with a headlining hometown performance at The Viper Room during Sunset Strip Music Festival. If you're down for the unique and the bizarrely awesome, don't miss him.


Date City Venue

July 19, 2011 San Antonio, TX Boneshakers

July 20, 2011 Austin, TX Beauty Bar

July 21, 2011 Houston, TX Super Happy Fun Land

July 22, 2011 New Orleans, LA TBD

July 23, 2011 Birmingham, AL The Nick

July 24, 2011 Nashville, TN TBD

July 27, 2011 Worcester, MA Lucky Dog Music Hall

July 29, 2011 New York City, NY Pianos

July 31, 2011 Philadelphia, PA Dockside Bar

Aug 3, 2011 Madison, WI The Frequency

Aug 5, 2011 St Louis, MO 2720 Cherokee

Aug 6, 2011 Warrensburg, MO 400 Bar

Aug 11, 2011 Denver, CO Moe's Tavern

Aug 13, 2011 Las Vegas, NV Artifice

Aug 19, 2011 West Hollywood, CA The Viper Room – Sunset Strip Music Festival

Aug 20, 2011 West Hollywood, CA Sunset Strip Music Festival