Artist: El Sancho
In 2009 after a few months of writing songs, Eric Carpenter decided to start spreading his creations to the world. He decided to form a band, and tried out several lineups through the years, but nothing seemed to stick. One night, however, he and his cousin DJ Batt (Big Ass T.T’s) were recording music when their “studio” at the time was destroyed in an explosion. No one was harmed, but Carpenter’s mind was blasted into three separate parts. Rallying a search party, they instantly recovered all three parts, keeping two in a holding tank for when the time is right. The first one he found was reattached, so it could be applied to the most ridiculous beats available. Carpenter then transformed into El Sancho, and the lyrics started flooding in.
This approach was used on the self-produced “One Man Wolfpack EP” to relative local and international success.
Now, El Sancho and his ragtag gang of kingpins are attempting a hostile takeover of the world.
We are currently working on my next album, “2113: Ahead By a Sanchury”, to be released later this year.
In the process of releasing first EP and album both within months (all-original material). Since I plan on selling ’em, I guess you could say professional (soon, at least).
What Music activities are you involved in? Recording artist, songwriter, composer, producer, engineer?
Writing, recording, performing, occasional producing.
What aspect of what you do musically, do you find challenging?
Finding the right lyrics for each song. Sometimes it can take long, but it’s always worth the wait. Also, mixing is no picnic; luckily, I got peoples for that.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as a combination of equal parts old and new school. Preferably, right smack dab in the middle.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been writing songs for fifteen years, rapping for thirteen, producing for eight, and playing guitar for five. As you can see, I like to cover all grounds.
What are you trying to say through your music?
Depends what the song’s about. Overall, though, the various things I try to say are things that anybody can relate to. That’s the best way to build and keep a fanbase, in my opinion.
What artists do you sound closest too?
I don’t like to answer questions such as this, because I’d rather sound like myself than anybody, and I try to keep my songs sounding as different as possible. That said, if I had to define it, perhaps the vocal quality of a Dirty Heads or Chili Peppers meets the poetic lyricism of an Eminem or Nas.
How did you become interested in music?
I discovered hip-hop when I was about ten, first hearing Eminem, Jay-Z and others on the radio, then expanding my knowledge to all the greats over the years. As I did that, I garnered a little bit of influence from each new artist I got into.
What is another genre of music, different from the one you play, that you like?
I like all kinds of genres: classic rock, ska, punk, reggae, funk, blues….the list goes on. I think it’s very important not to limit yourself as an artist, or even as a fan. That genre you’re sleeping on might just turn out to be your jam.
Do you get nervous when you perform?
On occasion, just like anybody else. I find it’s helpful to bring a few friends to your performance. That way, you can get honest feedback, and they might even help get the crowd going.
As a singer/instrumentalist how important is practice?
Very important. I’ve learned over the years that getting a solid take in the first try almost never happens. You’ve gotta be prepared to try over and over, until you have that definitive take or performance.
Does music play an important role in society? If so why?
Absolutely. Music at its best is an escape from the treachery of the world that shines a light on some of those treacherous aspects, forcing them to change over time. Only if you work at it, though.
What organizations do you feel are important in supporting musicians?
Social media is where it’s at nowadays. Any website that lets you post your music is a portal to fans all over the world. Plus, the comments people leave can give you a good idea of what your fans really want to hear, and that’s what’s important at the end of the day.
What would you tell young musicians that may help inspire them to develop their talent?
I would tell them “Never stop making music.” It’s cliche, but practice makes perfect. Plus, I believe that if something’s your passion, what’s the harm in going all out?
How long does it take you to write a song from start to finish?
It varies; some songs just come to you, and others take more intricate planning. Anywhere from a couple hours to a few days is the usual range for how long it takes to complete a song.
Did you ever take music lessons?
Not really. My dad taught me how to play guitar, but otherwise I’m entirely self-taught. (This is where starting early comes in handy: more time to fine-tune your steelo).
What affect do you want your music to have on others?
It’s not exactly up to me, but the ideal reaction of somebody listening to my music would be something along the lines of “True! I never thought of it that way. Preach on, brother Sancho!” Ha ha.
How do you deal with writers block when writing music?
Writer’s block is kind of a myth. When you’re inspired, you’re inspired, and when you’re not, you’re not. The best thing to do is go over what you want your song to communicate, then just take it line by line until you catch lightning in a bottle.
What was your first memory of music?
The first song I can remember hearing on the radio is Notorious B.I.G’s “Hypnotize”. I was about seven or eight, and I remember thinking it was catchy as hell, but I didn’t recognize it until about eighth grade. Some things just stay with ya, I guess.
My final thoughts to inspire young musicians:
Never let anything stand in your way. Whether it’s for a full stadium, or just a room full of friends, be proud of what you do and commit yourself to making your music the best it can be. Quality is always more important than popularity. If it’s good enough, you can force it into popularity, anyway!
Thank you on behalf of Listening Edge Records for taking time to share with us your thoughts on music, and helping inspire musicians of all ages.Trevor Baron President Listening Edge Records