Quarantine Q&A Vol.2 #22: Esteban

“Continuing their odyssey into what they call desert funk, Esteban are one of the most exciting emerging bands in the UK at the minute”

– Line Of Best Fit


Q: Introduce yourself in 6 words or less.

A: Esteban play Desert Funk music.

Q: During the Covid-19 Quarantine, a lot of people spent time doing things they normally wouldn’t have done…did you pick up any new hobbies or learn any new skills?

A: Zoom etiquette seems to be a new skill for most!

Q: What do you miss the most about touring?

A: Meeting new people and seeing new places. The UK is a wonderful place, brimmed with culture and diversity, stunning natural wonder and colloquial charm. We have just released our second Esteban album Jackpot Motel, a 16-track desert funk odyssey and we’re chomping at the bit to take it live! However, like everyone we’ve put the shows on the back burner for now. Oh, the art of patience!

Q: Do you have any Post-Quarantine plans? Professional or personal

A: Sure, get back out there and play! If we can, we will, but we must all do our bit to remain safe and we’ll all be able to enjoy live music once again. We’d also like to record the songs we’ve created this year; we’ve got a lot to do.

Q: Whats one personal item you absolutely cannot tour without?

A: I always carry a picture of my Mum.

Q: What are the Top 3 artists you are inspired by?

A: David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and Queen, let’s just go with these for now otherwise the list will be endless. Bowie was a pioneer of music and fashion, and his biggest impression on us was that he always did his own thing, consistently performing at the top, whilst keeping his personal affairs out of the limelight and pushing the boundaries all the way to the very end.

Stevie Wonder signed to Motown’s Tamla label aged 11 and hit the top aged 13! For any aspiring artist, this is an inspirational beginning but to go on to produce some of the world’s most important electronic, boogie jazz-funk and to be still performing is utterly jaw dropping – a living legend.

Queen came along and re-wrote the rule books during the late 70’s and early 80’s. A band that didn’t really fit a genre exactly, but knew precisely how to use their individual talents to spur each other on to write perfect stadium anthems, time and time again.

Q: Any words of wisdom for someone who may draw their inspiration from you?

A: We are born happy, it’s our default setting. If you find yourself far from happy then, stop, regroup and try from another angle. Only as we get older do more muddy layers get added around our inner calm. You need not be worried for even on a cloudy day, the sun is always shining behind.

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