1.) Tell us about yourself and your childhood?
My name is Adam Ellis also known as Phantom Flex. I was born and raised outside of Ames, IA in a terrible rundown trailer park that was filled with junkies, people you generally don’t want your kids around. My grandparents took me in when I was a baby because my parents were unable to take care of multiple children. Being raised by my grandparents, while seeing my brother with my actual parents, made me feel isolated. It made me want to strive harder for what I wanted to achieve the goals I have set forth.  My grandparents were very supportive growing up, which allowed me to get involved with art and music. They showed me how to love unconditionally without question. They taught me to accept people of all race, creed, color, sexual orientation, etc etc and treat them as my own brother or sister.

2.) Tell us about a challenging time in your life and what lessons you learned from it?

A challenging time for me was my early 20’s. I had gotten into doing and selling drugs and it was slowly taking over my life. I was on probation a few times around the age of 18, and by age 20 I was selling and using everything from weed to ecstasy. At 22 I had my apartment raided with a fake search warrant and was facing multiple charges. My lawyer was able to get almost everything dropped since the warrant didn’t hold up in court. After feeling like I had a miracle happen, getting off most of my charges, I decided to stop selling drugs and make a change in my life for the positive. It taught me that I don't need to hide behind drugs. I then moved from Ames to Des Moines to pursue my musical interests.  Within a year or 2 after making the move I was DJ-ing multiple parties and hosting weekly EDM (Electronic Dance Music) events.

3.) What motivates you to follow and pursue your passion?

"The desire to share my creations. The satisfaction gives me when I know something that I have put my heart and soul into can touch a person's emotions and make them move, dance, and feel a certain way." - Adam E.

Music also brings people together in a place of no judgment. I like being the maestro and soundtrack of people's lives, making a difference for them even if they do not realize it.

4.) What advice would you give to the new up and coming artist?

STAY HUMBLE! I've had my best connections happen when I'm just chatting up another person in the industry not really trying to push myself. If you make a real personal connection first, the person will feel more inclined to help.  If you come with an attitude and nothing to show for yourself, you will get swept under the rug faster than you can praise your ego.

5.) Have you or how do you do you contribute to the community?

Back in 2013, some friends and I started a weekly (live streaming) DJ show in my basement, here in Des Moines. That quickly blossomed into a weekly event at a bar in the downtown area. It has had multiple venue changes and now is held at Hero's on Wednesdays. I no longer host the specific event because my job got in the way, but I felt it was the first thing I helped accomplish, that gave back to the electronic music community in Des Moines. it is like a DJ open mic night, there is absolutely no pressure to perform. I now throw a monthly event downtown Des Moines called Frequency. I try and diversify the lineup each month to shed light on upcoming DJ's, or DJ's that have been forgotten. I also help out with music events in the community such as 515 Alive and Kosmos Music Festival. This summer I am hosting the first EDM event at the notorious “Briar Patch” south of Des Moines. I keep all my events as cheap as possible, to give everyone a chance to come and be part of the music community. I also encourage local artists and vendors to be a part of my events.

6.) Who do you look up to besides your parents?

My homie, mentor, and overall good dude, Dan Green. He was one of the first people I befriended when moved to Des Moines and I had watched him go from just starting to throw events to being the owner of 515 Alive Music Festival. He has always been there to help guide me as a musician or an event coordinator/promoter. He has shown me that hard work and dedication to what you know and love can go a long way.

7.) What are your goals for the next 5 years?

Get multiple tracks released on bigger labels such as Never Say Die Records, Smog, or Firepower Records. Also to finish the build on my 2002 Subaru WRX. I would like to get the electronic and hip-hop scene a little more tightly woven together here in central Iowa and maybe start a successful hip-hop monthly event in the Des Moines metro.

8.) What is your motto in life?

My motto in life is "You Only Live Once", so get up and do what you can while you can. Do not wait until death knocks, to realize all of the things in life you had wished to pursue didn't happen. Do them now while you can. Also, have fun while doing them. Try and give out more love than receiving...the world needs more love right now.

9.) How did you find out about Made4Mankind Clothing?

Facebook, saw some of the merchandise they sell and it caught my eye.  It's really easy nowadays for somebody to start up a “clothing brand” but it's hard for it to look original and fit today's style and fashion. The designs are fresh and clean looking while still encapsulating the urban street style that is so hot.

10.) What do you know about Made4Mankind Clothing?

Local central Iowa based clothing company that caters the urban streetwear. Made4Mankind also supports local artists. The brand seems to promote positivity in this negative world.

11.) If you could do a collaboration with Made4Mankind Clothing, what kind of apparel would you choose and why? (T-shirt, Hat, Accessories, Etc.)

Either a long sleeve t-shirt or a hat. I've been interested in clothing design from a young age but never had a way to channel that urge.


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"WILL WYLIN" Sept 2nd Sioux City, IA @ Whiskey Dicks (LINK)
"Kulture (An Iowa/Techno Campout)" Sept 8th Coggon, IA @ Kulture (LINK)
"Frequency(+21 dance party)" Sept 15th Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mew (LINK)
"Blood Moon Hybrid Festival" Sept 16th Coggon, IA  
"Free Bass" Sept 30th Iowa City, IA @Blue Moose w/ Soundtrooper
Oct 14 Dubuque, IA at the venue w/ Soundtrooper




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