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Here's another one of our post loves.. Enjoy!
Here we have our interview with none other than the legend in the making himself, DRUM ROLL PLEASE..........
We really hope you enjoy this and be sure to check out his site, trust it's worth the read/listen/time!
Alright, alright.. here goes!
1. THE ESSO EXPERIENCE.. WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM?
The site name was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience. I try and pull inspiration from greatness no matter what the genre or walk of life it may come from.
2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU EVERY MORNING TO WAKE UP AND SAY THIS IS WHAT I WAS MADE FOR, AND YOU KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO KEEP ON DOING IT?
I think more than anything I realize that I was never really meant to be normal. When I was in elementary school when they asked us what we want to be when we grow up, I said an Astronaut. My whole life I've been told I can be anything I want to be as long as I work hard enough to achieve my goals. I've been doing music seriously for 3 years now and I've been on major networks, in mainstream magazines alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and had some really good success with my music. With that said there's still so much more that I want to achieve so there's no way that I can ever get lazy about my music because I always challenge myself to push the envelope a little further and perfect my craft that much more. I'd rather struggle to live my life my way and be happy, than be miserable and comfortable.
3. OKAY NOW I NEED TO ADD THAT I DID DOWNLOAD YOUR OFF THE WALL ALBUM, & IT WAS JUST THAT, "OFF THE WALL".. WHAT INSPIRED THIS?
Around January or February I was in my ipod as I always am, and I revisited the original album. Once I started listening to it I couldn't get away from it. I was in the process of working on my debut album at the time but I had this idea to take Off The Wall and use it as the inspiration for a project. The musical range of the album by itself is incredible, so I knew it would make me deal with some things through my music that I may have not touched on without those samples as the inspiration. I told Woody (the producer of the project) about the idea and he was immediately down and went to work. We finished it up in early June, and then on June 25th our lives were kinda turned inside out when Mike passed.
4. & I KNOW YOU ANSWERED A SIMILAR QUESTION LIKE THIS ONE ON YOUR BLOG, BUT WHAT MADE YOU PICK MJ? & HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN JUST MONTHS IF NOT SOONER AFTER YOU HAD THIS PROJECT STARTED, THE KING OF POP PASSED AWAY?
I was devastated. I was confused, I was hurt, I was frantic, I was all these different things at the same time. I was probably the worst person to try and hold a conversation with for a week. I couldnt listen to my project, I couldnt listen to Off The Wall at all. I was in such a state of shock that I didnt even know what to do with myself.
6. WHAT UPCOMING PROJECTS, AND VISIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR CAREER?
Right now I'm back to working on my official debut album Evolved which is like my unborn child to me. The idea is that music and especially Rap/Hip-Hop have to evolve just like Darwin's theory. I have a line in a freestyle where I said "I am the evolution of the species/ the genetic mutation on mp3's" and I really believe that. I think that as far as New York artists go, I'm just genetically different, even though we grew up on the same music and in the same neighborhoods and saw the same things. I think I process things a lot differently and thats what separates my music from a lot of what's coming out right now. And just like Darwin's theory, only the fittest survive, so time will tell if the mutation is a good thing or a bad thing. I guess that answer also gives you a good idea of the vision that I have for my career also. I dont ever want to be status quo. I dont ever want to be normal. I dont want to be just a great New York rapper. I want people to remember me as a great Artist and end the sentence right there.
7. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT MAINSTREAM HIP HOP?
I dont really know what thats supposed to mean. I think people have these categories that they force on people and Mainstream is somehow supposed to be a bad thing because its widely accepted. I want my music to be mainstream, of course. I dont think that anyone pursues a career in music to limit themselves to a particular audience. Also the definition of mainstream hip hop changes all the time. Jay-Z drops "Death Of Autotune" and now all the sudden a soulful beat is mainstream again. I think the key thing is not to chase what's mainstream, but try and create something that's genuine whatever that may mean to the person that's creating it. Every single underground artist in the world is one hit away from being mainstream, don't ever forget that.
8. FAVORITE ARTIST/S IF ANY?
Jay-Z, Nas, B.I.G., Andre 3000, Janelle Monae, Kanye West, N.E.R.D., Michael Jackson, Lupe Fiasco, Coldplay, Heartsrevolution, Solange...the list goes on and on.....
9. BEING A WRITER, I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE EVERYTIME I WRITE AN ARTICLE, A POEM, A SONG WHAT HAVE YOU, IT'S LIKE BRINGING TO THE LIGHT A PIECE OF MY SOUL... NOW DO YOU FIND WHAT YOU DO EXPOSING WHO YOU ARE THROUGH YOUR MUSIC OR PURE ENTERTAINMENT?
Yea it's definitely showing people different sides of myself at different times. I think the best artists allow you to see the picture that they're painting through their music. One of my best friends is a painter. I cant do anything near what he can do on a canvas, but he cant do anything near what I can do on a beat and we have a mutual respect for that fact. It's all art at the end of the day no matter what medium it may be created in.
10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST.. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THE ESSO EXPERIENCE, MEANING WHAT LEVELS ARE YOU TRYING TO REACH?
To quote myself, I'm just tryina see the view from the top. I'm a competitor and I want to be able to say that I was the best at what I did. Do I want Grammy's? of course I do. Do I want to live well, of course I do. Do I want to be in Forbes Magazine? of course I do. I want to be at the forefront of the new generation of artists that really welcome the 21st century the right way, and I wont stop until I'm there.
So there you have it ladies and gent's. The man himself.. & might I just say I was highly impressed at the audacity and honesty in all of his answers. & I most def. learned a couple of things.
On behalf of DE, we'd like to thank first and foremost Esso, and you our viewers!
Be safe ya'll!
-- Denisse/ DE Staff Member
So as promised we were going to transfer some of our older post to our new blog. Some of our older interviews anyway.. and here is one of them! Hope ya'll enjoy
Ladies & Gents its.
Jaime Navarro A.K.A AMES
So you know I have to brag about the icon and bla bla bla but dudes this guy is .. idk, if i say amazing thats underrating he just IS. So I’ve had the pleasure of talkin’ to him and asking him a couple of questions and here we go hoes.
EAU: So where are you from?
JN: I was born in Mexico, but live and always have live here in the heart.. Chicago IL.
EAU: Chi town =] nice. So have you always been interested in what you do?
JN: Ive been interested in visual arts since childhood everything from painting, drawing, sculpting, video, graphic/web design, 3D modeling ect. Ive been able to them all. and do them quite well might i add. but the one thing that stood out most was photography.
EAU: Confidence is a must cockyness is a plus edginess is a rush edges i like em rough la la la la la . Oh yeah I occasionally break out in song. No but seriously I find that fabulous, your confidence I mean. Which is the key to success belief in yourself and your work of course.
Any how why photography?
JN: I love photography for the simple concept of it. capturing and locking moments in time visually that will never happen again in that exact manner. they can be replicated but never exact.
EAU: I think I’m in love. haha Kidding but that was truly moving, a man of deep words. So what’s the craziest shoot you’ve ever done?
JN: The craziest shoot i have ever done was landscape photos in Mexico from helicopter and mountain climbing.
EAU: Back to the roots pretty awesome huh? So did you ever imagine that you’d be where you are right now in your career?
JN: I never thought id achieve as much as i have with my pictures. I always thought of this as only a relaxing hobbies. But now I am closer to actually moving it into a profession.
EAU: Wow keep us posted please. Alright alright now to the good stuff.. We know your hot, your work is hot, you look hot, whats up with the ladies any one sharing your light?
JN: Me hot…? no lol
EAU: Aww is this where the humbleness kicks in!? lol So any words of advice for aspiring successors?
JN: Dont wait around for things to happen or to be discovered. you are your own and best teacher. work hard for want you want. and rely on yourself for the best results and not on others.
EAU: You here that folks true pure deep words from the man himself!
Ahh so that was flippin sweet! He is the coolest I must say! & now we have to just bombard the page with amelicious stuff!
So evidently this guy is pure genius lets see some of him now
Hah what a goof. So there it is ladies and gents genius in the flesh! If you want more information visit his site at iwas-there.com show some support and hit him up.
Thats all for today kids thank you for reading hit us up for requests, questions, concerns, comments. =]
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Be safe ya'll and enjoy the rest of your weekend .
Peace & Love