Kaelin Ellis creates a beat by sampling a water bottle

Kaelin Ellis is a multi-platinum music producer who’s known for being top-of-the-class in the modern jazz / hip hop scene.

Formerly known as Mr. Mockwell, Kaelin Ellis was originally part of an online crew dubbed LOAFLAB, where he came in contact with fellow musicians and later collaborative partners Lupe Fiasco, KAYTRANADA, Sango, and many others. Aside from his discography as a standalone artist, his production credits also include the likes of Waldo, Sango, Deffie, and K-pop supergroup EXO.

In the video above, Kaelin sat down with us to explore the infinite possibilities of sampling by creating a track built around recordings he captured with nothing but a water bottle. Along the way, he discusses an array of other topics that are key to his sound, including texture, arrangement, and pocket.

“Personally, I don’t even like to mix and create drums off of what I’m seeing when it comes to grids and spectrums,” Kaelin tells us. “It’s cool to think about the numbers and calculations—[but] music is a feeling, buddy.”

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December 5, 2022

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.