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Interview series w/ Gastor Almonte

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Stoops2Stages is an interview series hosted by Brooklyn comedian, Gastor Almonte. Gastor will be interviewing various comedians, musicians, producers and artists. During the interviews, expect to hear insight into the daily routines of these artists, the struggles with balancing work and art, and the hard work that goes into making it happen.

Latest Episodes

EP 69 - "Jahrell"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with Jahrell. Jahrell is an emcee based out of Toronto. During the sitdown, we discuss his linking up with Erik, his creative process, and why he goes above and beyond with all of his videos. On his reasoning for putting in so much effort into his videos: Songs are great but I feel that visuals are what draws fans in. I love the hands on process, from scene 1 to scene 50. That's something I want to be a part of. On the creative process behind New Black Soul 2: It was a much more personal project. I produced most of the project. I barely had features on it. I feel like I made that project for myself, so that I can grow as a human being. Jahrellmusic.com Stoops2Stages.com

43 MIN2017 APR 18
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EP 69 - "Jahrell"

EP 68 - "ELPJ"

EIn today's episode, Esco sits down with ELPJ. ELPJ is an artist out of the DMV area who recently released the e.p. Canei Kick It?! During his visit, he talks about his many aliases, the early stages of his writing, and his up and coming plans. On his creative process: I've never been the type to write fast. I take my time. I want my music to sound as good as possible. Nothing should ever be sub par. On the role that hiphop has played in his life: When it comes to hiphop, it wasn't just the music of choice; it was my culture. The way I walk, the way I talk, everything is from there.

35 MIN2016 NOV 16
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EP 68 - "ELPJ"

EP 67 - "Wordsworth"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with Wordsworth. Wordsworth is an emcee hailing from Brooklyn, NY, a member of the amazing eMC crew, and one of the hardest working artist around. In today's episode, we discuss the standards that he maintains for himself, the joy in collaborating with different artist (like JSoul on their new EP, Blame it on the Music), and the importance of supporting artist early on in their development. On how he maintains such a high standard with his lyricism: I'm very self-aware of if something is hot or is corny. I always think outside of myself and put myself in the audience and ask "would they would be inspired by that?" On the competition in hiphop: I know there's a Nas, there's a Jay, there's a Kendrick, there's an Em. So I know that when I'm writing, if it doesn't sound of the caliber to be on the same track with them, then I don't think the verse is hot.

32 MIN2016 NOV 9
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EP 67 - "Wordsworth"

EP 66 - "JFKratez"

EIn today's episode, we sit down with JFKratez. JFKratez is a producer from the DMV area. During our phone interview, we talked shop about his production set up, being a self contained business while being an artist, and how his production brought him full circle back to his family, and working with his brother. On how his name came about: People who work with me, where ever I set up the studio, we've always called it the Krate. The Krate is wherever I'm at, and we're all going to have a good time. On how many hours he puts into his craft: How much time do I devote to music during the week? All the time I'm not at work.

35 MIN2016 NOV 2
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EP 66 - "JFKratez"

EP 65 - "Clyde Jones"

EIn today's episode, Esco sits down with Clyde Jones. Clyde is a director and photographer based out of DC. During the episode, he touches on stories from the set, reconnects with Esco and gives us a sneak peak into the grind that goes into being a success behind the lens. On his making the decision to pursue his dream: I didn't know what I wanted to do. I'd wake up, hating having to go to work. On leaving his safety net job behind: I had a good job, I was making good money. So it couldn't be that. I needed to make a change. CJvisions.com Stoops2Stages.com

30 MIN2016 OCT 18
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EP 65 - "Clyde Jones"

EP 64 - "Someone in a Tree"

EIn today's episode, we get the return of Steven Murillo of Someone in a Tree. During the visit, they talk about wrapping up their new album Daily Distortions, the work that goes into planning a new tour, and the bringing together the vision of four people to create a beautiful final project. On the benefit to being a full time musician and being fully available for this project: That's why we were able to make this album come out. The drive is there. We had the songs and the time. We made it happen. On the group dynamic and making decisions: Usually we vote it out, but there are times when you have to stick to your guns a bit and defend your idea. It's a good lesson in civility and it makes you a better artist. someoneinatree.bandcamp.com Stoops2Stages.com

36 MIN2016 OCT 11
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EP 64 - "Someone in a Tree"

EP 63 - "Greg Stone"

EOn his childhood friends from Jersey: Sitting on my steps. Just shitting on each other. My friends were so mean. I still call them all the time. They keep me in check. That's how I got funny. On his return to standup: I bombed. Quit performing for 2 years. Then I moved to New York and started again. It wasn't until then that I found my true voice. In today's episode, Gastor sits down with Greg Stone. Greg is a comedian based out of New York by way of New Jersey. We talk about his action figure collection, trash talking with his friends in Jersey, and how he got his start in comedy. On the writing process, and when he know's a joke is worth doing: As a comedian, you know what's funny. But the trick with the audience is to make them see what you see. GregFStone.com Stoops2Stages.com

49 MIN2016 OCT 4
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EP 63 - "Greg Stone"

EP 62 - "Kastoway"

EIn today's episode, Esco sits down with Kastoway. Kastoway is a DMV based musician. During their sit down, they talk about creating music, his humble beginnings, and Kastoway shared some live music as well. On how cutthroat the industry can be: I believe in helping others. I'm not for other people's downfall. On what other musicians struggle with: There's millions of really talented singers out there. But they don't have a direction. They don't have a plan. Stoops2Stages.com

43 MIN2016 SEP 27
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EP 62 - "Kastoway"

EP 61 - "JSoul"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with JSoul. JSoul is a producer out of Baltimore, MD. During his visit, we discussed his involvement in the DMV hiphop scene, the effects his work ethic has had on his career, and his ambitious goals for the coming year. Finally, we get to hear the new single "Satellite" from his collabo album with Wordsworth. On what motivated him to start making music: I was a visual artist growing up. I've been around it all my life. But I got into music because visually what I was painting, I couldn't express myself how I wanted to. My paintings weren't loud enough. On the early start in his career: I was doing shows every single week. I ended up falling in love with the art form. On what his music has provided for him: I wanted my music to take me around the world. That's what it's become now. It's my engine to see the world and to get all my thoughts out. JSoulmusic.bandcamp.com Stoops2Stages.com

42 MIN2016 SEP 20
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EP 61 - "JSoul"

EP 60 - "Dyme-a-Duzin"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with Dyme-A-Duzin. Dyme is an emcee from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. We discuss his natural need to be creative, his childhood love for NBA Live, and why everyone is after that easy chicken. On getting his name from his rap mentor Q the Prophet: They say rappers come a dime a dozen, so why not take it? Why not be a standout and make it ironic. Just strive to be the best. On his independent mindset, and how it effects his output: I've always moved like an independent artist. That was always my attitude. Shits gotta get out. I gotta find a way to make a music video the way I see it. I don't want to have sit at notable and have to explain to people my vision. Might as well bring it to life myself. On his joy of performing: I love performing. Making a song is fun too, but performing? I live for that. That's when you really connect. They feeling what you're saying. They get your attitude. It's all about the connection. Stoops2Stages.com

32 MIN2016 SEP 13
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EP 60 - "Dyme-a-Duzin"

Latest Episodes

EP 69 - "Jahrell"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with Jahrell. Jahrell is an emcee based out of Toronto. During the sitdown, we discuss his linking up with Erik, his creative process, and why he goes above and beyond with all of his videos. On his reasoning for putting in so much effort into his videos: Songs are great but I feel that visuals are what draws fans in. I love the hands on process, from scene 1 to scene 50. That's something I want to be a part of. On the creative process behind New Black Soul 2: It was a much more personal project. I produced most of the project. I barely had features on it. I feel like I made that project for myself, so that I can grow as a human being. Jahrellmusic.com Stoops2Stages.com

43 MIN2017 APR 18
Comments
EP 69 - "Jahrell"

EP 68 - "ELPJ"

EIn today's episode, Esco sits down with ELPJ. ELPJ is an artist out of the DMV area who recently released the e.p. Canei Kick It?! During his visit, he talks about his many aliases, the early stages of his writing, and his up and coming plans. On his creative process: I've never been the type to write fast. I take my time. I want my music to sound as good as possible. Nothing should ever be sub par. On the role that hiphop has played in his life: When it comes to hiphop, it wasn't just the music of choice; it was my culture. The way I walk, the way I talk, everything is from there.

35 MIN2016 NOV 16
Comments
EP 68 - "ELPJ"

EP 67 - "Wordsworth"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with Wordsworth. Wordsworth is an emcee hailing from Brooklyn, NY, a member of the amazing eMC crew, and one of the hardest working artist around. In today's episode, we discuss the standards that he maintains for himself, the joy in collaborating with different artist (like JSoul on their new EP, Blame it on the Music), and the importance of supporting artist early on in their development. On how he maintains such a high standard with his lyricism: I'm very self-aware of if something is hot or is corny. I always think outside of myself and put myself in the audience and ask "would they would be inspired by that?" On the competition in hiphop: I know there's a Nas, there's a Jay, there's a Kendrick, there's an Em. So I know that when I'm writing, if it doesn't sound of the caliber to be on the same track with them, then I don't think the verse is hot.

32 MIN2016 NOV 9
Comments
EP 67 - "Wordsworth"

EP 66 - "JFKratez"

EIn today's episode, we sit down with JFKratez. JFKratez is a producer from the DMV area. During our phone interview, we talked shop about his production set up, being a self contained business while being an artist, and how his production brought him full circle back to his family, and working with his brother. On how his name came about: People who work with me, where ever I set up the studio, we've always called it the Krate. The Krate is wherever I'm at, and we're all going to have a good time. On how many hours he puts into his craft: How much time do I devote to music during the week? All the time I'm not at work.

35 MIN2016 NOV 2
Comments
EP 66 - "JFKratez"

EP 65 - "Clyde Jones"

EIn today's episode, Esco sits down with Clyde Jones. Clyde is a director and photographer based out of DC. During the episode, he touches on stories from the set, reconnects with Esco and gives us a sneak peak into the grind that goes into being a success behind the lens. On his making the decision to pursue his dream: I didn't know what I wanted to do. I'd wake up, hating having to go to work. On leaving his safety net job behind: I had a good job, I was making good money. So it couldn't be that. I needed to make a change. CJvisions.com Stoops2Stages.com

30 MIN2016 OCT 18
Comments
EP 65 - "Clyde Jones"

EP 64 - "Someone in a Tree"

EIn today's episode, we get the return of Steven Murillo of Someone in a Tree. During the visit, they talk about wrapping up their new album Daily Distortions, the work that goes into planning a new tour, and the bringing together the vision of four people to create a beautiful final project. On the benefit to being a full time musician and being fully available for this project: That's why we were able to make this album come out. The drive is there. We had the songs and the time. We made it happen. On the group dynamic and making decisions: Usually we vote it out, but there are times when you have to stick to your guns a bit and defend your idea. It's a good lesson in civility and it makes you a better artist. someoneinatree.bandcamp.com Stoops2Stages.com

36 MIN2016 OCT 11
Comments
EP 64 - "Someone in a Tree"

EP 63 - "Greg Stone"

EOn his childhood friends from Jersey: Sitting on my steps. Just shitting on each other. My friends were so mean. I still call them all the time. They keep me in check. That's how I got funny. On his return to standup: I bombed. Quit performing for 2 years. Then I moved to New York and started again. It wasn't until then that I found my true voice. In today's episode, Gastor sits down with Greg Stone. Greg is a comedian based out of New York by way of New Jersey. We talk about his action figure collection, trash talking with his friends in Jersey, and how he got his start in comedy. On the writing process, and when he know's a joke is worth doing: As a comedian, you know what's funny. But the trick with the audience is to make them see what you see. GregFStone.com Stoops2Stages.com

49 MIN2016 OCT 4
Comments
EP 63 - "Greg Stone"

EP 62 - "Kastoway"

EIn today's episode, Esco sits down with Kastoway. Kastoway is a DMV based musician. During their sit down, they talk about creating music, his humble beginnings, and Kastoway shared some live music as well. On how cutthroat the industry can be: I believe in helping others. I'm not for other people's downfall. On what other musicians struggle with: There's millions of really talented singers out there. But they don't have a direction. They don't have a plan. Stoops2Stages.com

43 MIN2016 SEP 27
Comments
EP 62 - "Kastoway"

EP 61 - "JSoul"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with JSoul. JSoul is a producer out of Baltimore, MD. During his visit, we discussed his involvement in the DMV hiphop scene, the effects his work ethic has had on his career, and his ambitious goals for the coming year. Finally, we get to hear the new single "Satellite" from his collabo album with Wordsworth. On what motivated him to start making music: I was a visual artist growing up. I've been around it all my life. But I got into music because visually what I was painting, I couldn't express myself how I wanted to. My paintings weren't loud enough. On the early start in his career: I was doing shows every single week. I ended up falling in love with the art form. On what his music has provided for him: I wanted my music to take me around the world. That's what it's become now. It's my engine to see the world and to get all my thoughts out. JSoulmusic.bandcamp.com Stoops2Stages.com

42 MIN2016 SEP 20
Comments
EP 61 - "JSoul"

EP 60 - "Dyme-a-Duzin"

EIn today's episode, Gastor sits down with Dyme-A-Duzin. Dyme is an emcee from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. We discuss his natural need to be creative, his childhood love for NBA Live, and why everyone is after that easy chicken. On getting his name from his rap mentor Q the Prophet: They say rappers come a dime a dozen, so why not take it? Why not be a standout and make it ironic. Just strive to be the best. On his independent mindset, and how it effects his output: I've always moved like an independent artist. That was always my attitude. Shits gotta get out. I gotta find a way to make a music video the way I see it. I don't want to have sit at notable and have to explain to people my vision. Might as well bring it to life myself. On his joy of performing: I love performing. Making a song is fun too, but performing? I live for that. That's when you really connect. They feeling what you're saying. They get your attitude. It's all about the connection. Stoops2Stages.com

32 MIN2016 SEP 13
Comments
EP 60 - "Dyme-a-Duzin"