About Es

Where are you from?
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (about an hour southwest of Toronto). Raised in a small town of Guelph, Ontario for about half of my childhood years and lived the other half in the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. I now reside in Mississauga, Ontario (outskirts of Toronto) for the past 11 years.

Influences in life
As far as influences go, I’m heavily influenced by family. My parents for instilling core family values, and my new family (wife and 3 kids) for keeping me grounded and driven to be the best that I can be.

What inspires you?
Inspiration to make music…I’d have to say just my love for hiphop and what it stands for. I’ve been a fan since the mid to late 80s and it was like my 3rd parent educating me to the realities of this world. Having grown up and experienced some of the blessings that life has to offer, my writing is inspired from that perspective.

What is success to you?
For me success is the feeling of knowing that whatever it is you are doing is positively affecting others. Knowing that people outside of my immediate circle can relate or get something out of a thought or message I deliver is success. Any monetary stipend over and above that would be the cherry on top. Haha.

Dream Collaboration?
Dream collaboration would be with some of my rap heroes as a youngster coming up. KRS-One, Phonte and Common. Too many to name but these are the 3 that immediately come to mind.

My biggest accomplishment would be putting out 2 solo albums that have been well received and that have opened up several doors of opportunity for the future.

Who are you feeling right now?
I am feeling any artist that embodies real soul and real feeling in their music. My playlists have been predominantly indie hiphop and soul artists that I stumble across through various social media sites and hiphop blogs

What do you have in the pipeline?
Coming soon…more collaborative singles on other people’s projects for now. Just going to take a little break from new solo material for now to push my latest album and do shows.

Any wise words?
Wise words…whatever you put out there to the masses is in some way a reflection of you…so make sure your presentation is a true and honest reflection of you.

Based out of Mississauga, Ontario (suburb of Toronto), Es is an avid fan of hip-hop as well as a student of hip-hop. Inspired by influences from the golden era of hip hop and music in general, Es makes a conscious effort to take it back to the essence of hip hop…hard beats and raw rhymes. Since 1991, Es has been writing rhymes on and off as a hobby with no real intent to enter the music industry. It has and will always be for the love. This is the approach he has taken towards writing, recording and performing.
After years of honing his craft, 2015 would prove to be his best year to date. Having received very favorable reviews for his 2014 album entitled Aspire To Inspire from the online community, Es would go onto to secure acknowledgement from the Toronto hip-hop community with a performance slot at Toronto’s largest urban music festival (Manifesto) as well as a nomination and subsequent win in 2015’s Toronto Independent Music Awards (T.I.M.A) in the “best urban” category. The future looks promising for Es. Stay tuned.

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