As early as 2003, Elliot Wright found he had a gift for rhyme and verse and knew he wanted write. By 2005 he was recording and coming up on the Bay Area hip hop scene. 2006 saw a great change for Wright when he relocated from Marin County to Santa Cruz and began writing performing while attending UCSC. In 2008, Elliot gained a creative partner in guitarist and prolific producer Jamie Schnetzler, and Eliqute was born. In 2009, Wright traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the National Slam Poetry Contest, earning a highly respectable 5th place. Back in Santa Cruz, Wright and Schnetzler continued to write, record, and play shows, earning them a commanding following and reputation as one of Santa Cruz’s top acts. 2009 also saw the addition of a live rhythm section, composed of bassist Cosmo Stevens and Drummer Dan Wells. In early 2010, keyboardist Justin Mosley joined the band and the Eliquate line-up was complete. Having performed with Del, Souls of Mischief, and members of the Living Ledgends, Eliqute brings a flavorful new taste to hip hop table. Drawing inspiration from life, beauty, and experience, Eliquate’s sound is live and real. Their performance is exorbitantly energetic and tangible, while their style is finessed. To see Eliqute live is to experience what the hip hop can once again be: Live, Tight, and Passionate.
Rap feat. Catalyst