Ela was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Even though he took several private classes with Hector Matos, (one of Puerto Ricos most accomplished drummers and had a short stint at the Conservatory of Puerto Rico) Eli is pretty much a self-taught drummer who started playing at local churches since the age of 12. He had his beginnings in the musical scene with metal bands After Omega and Pacto de Sangre. Then he had the opportunity to share the stage with contemporary Christian Music artists such as Onda Sagrada, Samuel Hernandez, Michael Rodriguez and internationally renowned pianist Adlan Cruz. He changed to the pop scene and excelled behind the drums with Marshmallow Supernova, Karmapop, Juan Luna, Robert Avellanet ex Menudo, and Sa Senor. He was also the musical director & drummer for Jae Cruzs (Univisions La Banda Finalist) tour around several major theaters in Puerto Rico. Moving to the Urban/Latin Scene, Eli started working with Music Phenom Ozuna in 2016 debuting at the prestigious Luna Park in Argentina. In over one hundred dates in 2017s Odisea Worldwide Tour, he got to play in venues such as Chiles Movistar Arena, Miamis AA Arena, The Forum at LA, Wembley at London among others. Now in 2019, hes finishing The Aura Worldwide Tour which has set attendance records in venues like American Airlines Arena in Miami and The Forum in LA and gearing up for the 2020 Nibiru World Wide tour.You can follow Eli in all social media platforms at @elidrummer.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceFirst Time playing live on TV on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. One thing to have a mishap on a live concert but another is during TV show were it's more noticeable. Thankfully the performance went smoothly.
What Drives Your Creativity?Watching IG Drumming videos. So Many talented musicians out there.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Is what the drummers I admired growing up use and what I've been using since I was a kid.