ET also known as Estaban Tomas has produced music and created beats while perfecting his lyricism for over ten years. He finally released his latest video album project titled Rejected featuring 8 tracks. His choosing the title Rejected, is sort of a double entendre as it sums up his efforts to break into the music industry while also representing his many attempts to try to release this album. After many tries, this gem is finally here for you to enjoy. This video/album is littered with creative lyrics and metaphors in addition to mental and visual bursts of genius.
Lisa: What first got you into music? How did you get started in the music business?
Freestyling with other kids at lunch to pass the time which led to freestyling on the way home on the school bus, which proceeded to being at home looking for instrumentals on which we would rhyme over. I think that process started it all. I wouldn’t say I’m in “the music business” I feel it’s a very difficult business to truly get into; it feels more as though I do it because I’m really good at making music and it’s something that I really enjoy doing.
Lisa: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Music that I create is beautiful, it’s epic, it uplifts, doesn’t degrade, absolutely informs, it gives a perspective on how life should be in spite of how history has played out. I think a lot of artists got stuck in being stereotypes and it’s quite sad. Most of the stereotypical music out there is self destructive and perpetuates self hate and things of that nature. Sure it may have its place but, most of the musical themes out there have been done already (over and over and over again); and don’t get me started into the overuse of the N-word in rap and hip hop music, if you counted how many times it was used in some of your more popular songs you’d realize that it’s being used in an egregious manor. I also see myself as a black man not an N-word so the overuse of it in songs conflicts with my personal being.
Lisa: Describe the musical frameworks your Rejected album explores. And is there a theme that connects the songs, or is it something else?
The theme of this album, I liken it to the Matrix movie. Open your mind and your body will follow. I explore many different directions that music can take – that’s the journey that the Rejected albums takes you on. I called it the Rejected because most people will probably reject it when they first hear it, it doesn’t carry many of the themes that they are used to. But, when they actually give it a chance and listen to it, they will see the depths that this album can take them. My music is not surface at all, just listen to the words…
Lisa: Tell me more about your single “Ballin”. What is it about, and how did you get inspired to write it?
When I was making the beat to ballin, we felt that this was going to be an amazing song! Just the persistent rhythm, epic piano and a bass line that is just phenomenal – I knew that I had to write lyrics that were special for this track. I feel they came out right and the words and the music both take you to a place that we all want to be. Plus Rosa Amor killed the chorus!!!!
Lisa: How did you document the music while it was being formulated? Since you’re a producer as well as a musician.
My music videos document much of the fun we were having. Just living life. I don’t think I intentionally documented anything. But, I may start… 🙂
Lisa: Describe your approach to recording a song.
I make the beats, listen to which beats pull me in, often tweaking them for the song that is building in my head, write, then lay it all down. It’s a simple process actually….
Lisa: What types of state in emotional sense do you feel your music can initiate?
Lisa: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I’m doing it. I came from one of the worst school systems in the country, graduating I wasn’t prepared for the world, but in spite of that, I pressed on towards education, worked hard and became an Engineer. So I’m not doing music because of financial need at all, I do it because it’s my passion.
Lisa: What is your view on technology in music? And where do you think music industry is going?
I can say, technology made music easier to produce, but with that ease came a flood of noise to where I’m concerned if people are even listening anymore… I’m not sure if they are… and I think that music goes in the direction that the gatekeepers tell it to go in and it seems as though most artists will follow suit…
Lisa: Are you planning to collaborate with any other artist?
I haven’t really thought about it, right now I’m the low guy on the totem pole.
Lisa: What’s next on the horizon for Estaban Tomas?
What’s next for Estaban Tomas…. The sky is the limit….