Elliott Niezel, Groove Hop

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“I was addicted to negativity and thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Now I’m hooked on positivity and I see my old outlook on life as real messed up and backwards.”

You’ve no doubt heard about the drug dealing or gang member pasts of the biggest names in Hip-Hop music, whether their tales of violent street life and crime are 100% authentic or mostly made up for the street cred hype, it’s rarely been portrayed as something to overcome or turn away from. Yet that is exactly what California-based Hip-Hop artist Elliott Niezel has done. His rocky past and violent, destructive ways, aren’t a point of pride or a source of bragging for Niezel. No, his past was sad and messed up. His life was going nowhere until he did something about it and he wants others to do what he has done; to rise above it and live a better life.

Niezel’s current healthy addiction to all things music began when he was just a kid in Santa Barbara, his hometown. As a product of poverty and a broken home, Niezel was a quick study and natural fit for the selfish and destructive lifestyle of the streets. Even though all his time and attention went to drugs, alcohol, and gang living, Niezel says music never left his side – just his dreams. Niezel’s only moving forward in life now and is creating his funky reality-based Hip-Hop with a groovy twist, or what he calls Groove Hop. His first recording project was with a lifelong friend and fellow Hip-Hop artist known as Zionics. Their duo is called Resorvation and their first record was recorded on an old laptop computer with a homemade panty hose and coat hanger vocal pop filter.

Now, Niezel’s a recording veteran with five studio projects to his credit, including records with Resorvation. “Wild Dogs, ”his latest release, continues the Groove Hop/Beach Trapped positivity that comes from a creative soul who knows he’s very lucky and blessed to be making this inventive, honest Hip-Hop, from his soul instead of being dead or in prison. Check out Niezel’s and whatever you do, listen to the message while grooving to the beat. There’s a magic in there. Music changed his life for the better and it could do the same for you if you need a better direction.

Official Website: http://www.therealelliottniezel.com/

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