Packing an arsenal of rhymes that range from satirical social commentary and inner-soul searching to all-out, shake-your-ass-‘til-the floor-is-wet jams, Eliquate’s music has been charging parties up and down the West Coast since 2009. In that time span, they’ve graced the stage with underground royalty such as Murs, Del the Funky Homosapien, Zion-I and RJD2 just to name a few. But, who the f*ck is Eliquate anyway?
Unlike most MCs, Wright didn’t start writing until later in his life. His love for words pushed him to jot down more than just lyrics but meaningful messages for Wright’s peers to think about and connect with. In 2009 Eliquate, along with producer and friend Jamie Schnetzler, released his first full length album Arch Rhythm. “We wanted it to be party music with a purpose,” claims Schnetzler.
In 2011, Schnetzler and Wright were joined by Cosmo Stevens, Dan Wells and Tanner Christensen to write his first ep with a full band Who the F*ck is Eliquate? and after a year of touring up and down the west coast, the five of them would hit the studio to record their collective album A Chalkboards War Against Erasers. Engineered by Prairie Sun studio’s Grammy winning engineer Isha Erskin, Chalkboards was a blend of the musician’s eclectic styles, with Wright’s unique, insightful lyrics, and powerful delivery at the helm. After it’s release in 2012, Eliquate toured the nation as a full live band as well as produced several music videos directed by Wright, and good friend Michael Daniel.
In 2013 and 2014 Wright and Schnetzler would hit the studio again to begin what would be known as the Patchworks project, combining both of their unique styles alongside a myriad of guest musicians. In 2015, Wright released Perfunctory, a mixtape featuring some of his favorite producers and musician friends, as well as some self produced remixed instrumentals of some of his favorite pop songs, whose original lyrical content would tie in with his own.
While Eliquate’s 3rd full length album Me and My TV is being recorded, he will continue to tour, play shows around the country, direct more music videos, and collaborate with a collection of new musicians and emcees. Any one who has seen Eliquate perform can testify that his passion on stage can be matched by none, and agree that admission to an Eliquate show will always guarantee satisfaction. .