Stro Elliot is a musical mixologist. As a child of military parents, he travelled the world amarinating in a record collection that spanned from jazz greats like Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and Herbie Hancock, to funk/soul luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Quincy Jones and Prince. Studying trumpet, piano, and then drums, Stro became a skilled multi-instrumentalist, even as he began to explore the world of hip hop, drawn to the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Pharcyde, and Ice Cube.
Stro began his production career while studying music at the University of Northern Colorado. As a founding member of critically-acclaimed hip hop group The Procussions, Stro produced their debut single, “All That It Takes,” which hit the top ten on CMJ’s national hip hop chart. Riding this wave of attention, Stro moved with the group to LA, gaining praise for his uniquely varied beatwork on their independent debut, As Iron Sharpens Iron, and his live session drums and Rhodes piano on their improvised EP, Up All Night.
When The Procussions were chosen to spearhead the relaunch of classic hip hop imprint, Rawkus Records, Stro received even further critical acclaim for his production work on their major label debut, 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents. Invited to tour with childhood heroes like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and The Roots, Stro found his fusion of hip hop, soul, and jazz-fusion gaining praise from tastemakers and fellow producers like J Rocc (Beat Junkies), DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Lefto, and Maseo (De La Soul).
Even while touring the globe with and keeping The Procussions supplied with beats, Stro found time to work with a wide range of respected independent hip hop artists including Lightheaded, Ohmega Watts, Braille, and Sharlok Poems (of LA Symphony). When, in 2007, The Procussions took an indefinite hiatus Stro continued producing, providing production for artists such as Wrekonize (of ¡Mayday!), One Block Radius, and Phonte. He has also brought his talents and experience as a writer, arranger, and vocalist to multiple collaborations with his former Procussions bandmate, Mr J. Medeiros.
Stro has continued to push his boundaries, providing soundtracks for work by filmmaker Hilton Carter’s short film, Victor, and animation series, Lessons. He continues to receive praise from for his unique blends of live instrumentation, samples, and programming as showcased on The Procussions’ self-titled return album, due to be released September 24, 2013.