Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Eseme Elango, Canada, Feb 19th, 1976.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I grew up in a very musical household. My parents had a vast vinyl collection of 70’ and 80’s soul music, reggae and 80’s pop. From an early age, I had a good appreciation for music.

My music career pretty much took off from 2006. I had been a fan and casual hip hop hobbyist since the late 80’s / early 90’s. Penning my first lyrics in 1991, I continued to dabble in rhyme until the early 2000’s, participating in local open mics and performing some of my material on college radio. It was in 2006 that I began recording my material and sharing on social media (MySpace at the time). Inspired by hip-hop music from the late 80’s and early 90’s, I honed my craft into the artist I am today, artist name, Es.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My genre is hip hop. The concept behind my song “We Are Only Getting Older” was me reflecting on life as an older statesman in today’s hip hop music landscape. Hip hop is a very youth targeted genre nowadays and as a result ageism on both sides occurs. There is an ongoing back and forth debate between the quality of the music between generation X and millennial. The song was a reflection on the debate from my perspective. This is also the title song for my album of the same name that is out right now. The song features vocals from Toronto veteran emcee, Mathematik, with production by the ever so talented, IV The Polymath.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I am a hip-hop artist from Mississauga, Ontario (suburb of Toronto). My music is all about positivity and inspiring people to be the best that they can be. It is also music that caters to the common man that has an appreciation for family and life. It is honest music that is underrepresented in today’s music. So far, the feedback has been very positive. From response from the online community and live shows to new supporters just learning about me, the overall consensus is that my voice is much needed. This is some of the motivation for me to keep going.

The positives outweigh the negatives. My brand of hip hop goes against the norm, which makes it more difficult to gain mainstream traction. But, I am okay with that. The music I make is on my own terms and as a result, I am respected more for doing it this way.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I am a solo artist who creates when the inspiration hits. This song ‘We Are Only Getting Older’ in particular was inspired by a lot of what I was seeing on my social media feeds. The back and forth debate regarding older generation and newer generation artists’ legitimacy. The older generation artists have been given the label of being “old”, “washed up”, “irrelevant”, “has-beens” etc. due to the fact that neither demographic is able to relate subject matter wise to the other’s content. Seeing this back and forth debate unfold inspired me to internalize it and give my take on where I stand on the issue. This was one of the themes for the full length.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been recording since 2006, but been messing around with it since 1991. My goal is to continue making quality music that people can relate to. I want to also be remembered for making timeless music that has the same impact 20 years from now as it does today. I also want to be remembered as someone that spoke from the heart and represented himself and the culture of hip-hop in the right way.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I am inspired by family, life, music and my surroundings. I gain inspiration content-wise from life experiences and worldly observations. The vibe of the music dictates the way the vocals will be executed.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Well, I don’t have any “hit” songs by music industry standards, but, I do have some songs that I would consider impactful. These are the songs that supporters, new and old, have told me affected them in some personal way. The song made them feel a certain way or they recalled a personal experience that they went through. Those, for me are the best type of songs. Those songs involved me just being myself and speaking from the heart. That is my simple formula. Just be yourself and speak from the heart. Pick a theme that is dear to you and make it as relatable as possible.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I would just like to thank ALL of the amazing people that have rocked with me from 10+ years ago when I started recording and sharing music to the new supporters that have just recently stumbled across my work. Thanks for the support and loyalty. All of the DJs, blogs and media outlets that help extend my reach, I salute you!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Do not be afraid to be yourself. No one can be a better you, than you.

Continue to hone your craft.

Appreciate your supporters and fans. DO NOT TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

1st album entitled “Feud For Thought” released Jun 2012

2nd album entitled “Aspire To Inspire” released Jul 2014

“Aspire To Inspire” album named in top 100 albums / EP’s of 2014 by indie hip hop website. https://oldtothenew.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/100-best-albums-eps-of- 2014-part-one-tps-fam-starvin-b-ghostface-killah-etc/

3rd album entitled “We Are Only Getting Older” released Apr 2017.

Won “Best Urban” award at Toronto Independent Music Awards 2015.

Won “Best Urban” award at Mississauga Music Awards 2017.

Performance at Manifesto festival urban music festival 2015.

Performance at Canadian Music Week festival 2016.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

http://whatiz.biz/aspire-to-inspire-by-es/

http://hiphopspeakeasy.com/2012/08/es-feud-for-thought-2012/

http://urbanologymag.com/es-love-hip-hop/

http://www.tonemvmt.com/new-blog/2016/2/11/uzgjcl7oj152br3h0slmwy9wjut1po

https://undergroundhiphopblog.com/2017/05/23/es-we-are-only-getting-older-album/

These are a few of the many blogs that have covered me over the years. I am so grateful for all the support from these outlets. Thank you for supporting independent hip hop.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I used to be the guy with headphones on and the pen and the pad by my side in a quiet room. Now, I’m the guy with headphones on with the phone. I mostly write lyrics on my phone. When the right beat and idea hit me, the rest is history.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.  The 5 on my top artists list (in no particular order): Common, Phonte, Elzhi, Black Thought and Rapsody.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I have worked with several indie artists on the come up from different parts of the world over the years. They are all artists that I respect. As I continue on this musical journey, I want to continue to build with other talented artists on the come up from all over.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

Website: http://esmuzik.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/HGmonsterEs

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HGmonsterEs

Instagram: http://instagram.com/HGmonsterEs

Youtube: http://youtube.com/esmuzik76

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/eseme

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Website: http://esmuzik.bandcamp.com

Store: https://shopify.undergroundhiphop.com/products/es-we-are-only-getting-older-cd

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0rzN8GFRWjYebC8gSOWTAf

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-are-only-getting-older/id1229420705

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day – being able to finally have my wife on a song with me https://esmuzik.bandcamp.com/track/grow-old-together-feat-gillian-elango-prod-by-dr-drumah

Saddest day – Learning of my grandmother’s passing a few weeks after having booked an airline ticket with my family to see her. My kids didn’t get a chance to meet her before she passed. This inspired me to write verse two of this song from the album https://esmuzik.bandcamp.com/track/place-of-peace-prod-by-cygn-thee-real

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I would probably pay off all of my debt (home and consumer debt), set aside some in a trust fund for my kids and invest the rest towards making the best quality album I could make including features from a few of my favourite artists.


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