Thursday, September 1, 2016
Rhythm Roulette | ESTA.
For this installment of the Mass Appeal series Rhythm Roulette, we hit up ESTA. from Soulection, to see what he could do with three random records. The long description for ESTA. on his Facebook page reads: “Music Producer from Southern California.” That’s all you really need to know. It’s best to dive into his music without any other preconceptions other than it feels good. It’s just like Bob Marley said: “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” That’s how he’s found his home in Soulection and a cult following around the world. His remixes and original music can be heavy at times but it’s only heavy in the sense that your favorite winter blanket sits on your shoulders in January–it still warms the soul. After hitting up Record Surplus, ESTA. walks out with Irish Rovers’ Tales to Warm Your Mind, The Ritchie Family’s Arabian Nights, and Robert Yanes’ Disco de Oro. He turns down using The Irish Rovers and The Ritchie Family, sampling Robert Yanes for his beat. ESTA. finds his string sample to loop and a vocal bit to lay over. Then he opts to use his laptop keyboard over the MIDI keyboard for the majority of the beat to add percussion, bass, and other effects. It’s mind boggling to try and understand how ESTA's mind works while using the laptop keyboard instead of the MIDI. https://soundcloud.com/beatsbyesta https://twitter.com/BeatsByESTA https://www.instagram.com/beatsbyesta/
Shon Roka (pronounced Shaun Roca) the DJ also known as Shaun Ortega was born on the west-side of Chicago. He started gaining fame as a bboy in 1991 and later became a member of a well known crew called the BRICKHEADZ. He would perform for such artist and events such as The Roots, KRS One, Immortal Technique, Dougie Fresh, Common, Rhymefest, Cypress Hill, Pharoah Monch, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Taste of Chicago, Lollapolooza, Looptopia, B96 Summer Bash just to name a few. The BRICKHEADZ also won many breakin' competition nationally and internationally. While Shon Roka was being active as a bboy he was working on his craft of being a DJ. DJing for w/ Nike, Jordan, Under Armour, Adidas, Vans, Uprise (Chicago) Skateshop for numerous in-stores, sporting events, galleries and corporate outings. Also Shon Roka is a resident DJ post Covid in Chicago at McGee's, Tantrum, Imbibe and Harbee's. While being a DJ, he has been teaching music production and the Art of Skateboarding through Maggie Daley's After School Matters. Also known as Gallery 37. For more information contact via email.