Published on August 12 2013

El Estudiante : "I am influenced by the nobodies"

1. You are “El estudiante”, The Student, why did you choose this artist name?

Is not only an artistic name, it is a way of living. When I was 15, I went to Santa Clara province. I was a dancer at the time but I always had an interest in music. There was a band playing in this city and I came to them and asked for their artist name. They answered “Estudiante” and the meaning behind it, that it was the future, the hope and that every singer who would choose this name should be true in their music.


2. How would you define your music? What are your main influences ?


My songs send a positive or sometimes negative message about love. I want to be true to myself, and real to the public, a concept than most singers nowadays seem to have lost. By telling my story through my songs, I hope the people who listen will not make the same mistakes as I did. I tend to be more influences by the “nobodies”, the singers who are not affected by commercial ideas ; Ayo from Nigeria, Cornie Braylie and Selah Sue from England, and Asa from Nigeria. The main genres which impact my music are Soul music, R&B, Hip Hop and Pop. The music in itself reflects me and tell my stories without words.

3. When did you decide to become a singer ? Any fun anecdote you would like to tell us about your experience as an artist?

My brother is a producer in a music studio. When I was 15 years , he invited me to his studio. Now that I think of it, I have the feeling that he had planned all of this. He asked me to come and sing. I had never sung in my life, but I made it through. It was a wonderful experience and it made me proud. I decided to become a singer afterwards.

4. Some people say it’s an art, other ones define it as a way to express ideas and feelings. What does “Music” mean to you?

“Tell me your favorite singer and I can tell you who you are”. Music is determinant in everything. It can make you laugh, change your mood, remember good and bad memories. It moves your heart and reflects your dreams. For me, it is just like some kind of Goddess, it is truly alive. When we look in the mirror, we can see music, it defines who we are.


Tell me your favorite singer and I will tell you who you are

El estudiante


5. You recently released your new album “Regresar” on Jamendo. Most of the songs (“Amor y amor”, “Odio cuando te vas”, “Alguien como yo” for example) talk about love. Does your album tell a special story to the listeners?

Coming back (the name of the album “Regresar”) is always difficult. There is the distance, the moments from the past. The three songs you mentionned were written for the same person but at three different moments in time. You always come back to the one you love. I prefer singing it instead of saying I love you.


6. When we listen to songs like “Entre las alas”, we can hear latino beats. What kind of instruments were used in your songs?

Most of the instruments used in the album have Oriental influences, I like the mystery from his instruments. We also used afrocuban instruments such as los batas (drums). They’re the most important part of my songs (special hip hop beats).

7. You decided to share your music for free with your fans under Creative Commons licenses. Why did you make this decision? Would you recommend it to other artists?

I think an artist should always offer at least his first album for free download. It’s a good way for people to know more about him.

8. And finally, is there anything about you that your fans would be suprised to learn ?

My songs express personal histories, they fight for love. I am always open to any collaboration or production with new artists like me.



Published on August 12 2013

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Published on August 8 2013

Jill Zimmerman : "My songs get to live many lives of their own"

The American pop-folk songwriter and performer Jill Zimmerman just released two albums “Earthbound” and “Souls to fuse” on Jamendo. She agreed to let fans know more about her in 5 questions.


1. Could you tell us a little about you?


“I am 24. I quit piano lessons when I was 8 and decided to play by ear from then on and to compose my own songs. I took up guitar as a teenager, briefly studied music in college and recorded my first album at the age of 18. I now play gigs about once a week as a solo performer and with a rock band called This Mad Future. What my fans don’t know about me is that I own a degree in TV Production and Film studies! So my next project might be a music video.”

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2. What about your songs?


“My songs reflect my strongest emotion and are influenced by life experiences, newspaper clippings, overheard conversations and fresh air. Sometimes, words I heard can be stuck in my head for days before I turn them into a song. At other times, entire songs come to me while driving to work or going for a jog. My albums are about relationships between lovers who become friends, a person and a higher power, and a present version of oneself and its future version being created.”


3. Do you have an anecdote to tell your fans about?


“Sometimes entire songs come to me while I am driving to work or going for a jog. The song "Yosemite" came to me while I was running on a trail in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the middle of that run I tripped and skinned my knees and hands on the tar. So now I have a scar to remember the day I wrote that song.”


4. Why did you choose to share your music for free on Jamendo?


“I think of my music as a way for me to reach out and let others get to know me. With that mindset, it only makes sense to share the songs for free. The added bonus of issuing the Creative Commons licenses is that I get to see how other people interpret my music and use it in their own art. My songs get to live many lives of their own all around the globe! What a thrill.”


5. Something to add?


“I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to be able to do what I love, surrounded by people I love. I wish for everyone to have the same happiness.”


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Published on August 6 2013

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