December 8, 2012 (House of Boxing, San Diego, California) – Just following a incredible show in San Diego hosted by That Funktion, Eshon Burgundy stepped off stage and sat down with Praisable Press’s Tyger Burch to talk a little about the new album, meeting Je’kob Washinton for the first time and what it means to him to be back on stage after a year long absence. Here’s the long overdue interview… salute!
P2: You said it’s been a minute since you’ve been up on stage to perform some of your music, what was that like? How did it feel tonight?
Eshon: It felt good man, it was fun. I was happy to do it, I’ve haven’t been on stage for about a year so getting back on stage was like fresh air.
I’m in the studio a lot recording [from home] so I’m not really in front of the people, really interacting with the people like I would like so to get out and engage the people and perform and hear the people’s response to certain songs is like fresh air to man. I said it while I was up on stage but man I just feel good!
P2: So this won’t be the last time we see you up on stage doing this? We shouldn’t expect another hiatus?
Eshon: No, no, no. I’m trying to really make this a thing that I do often, I’m trying to do more shows.
I wasn’t really able to make a living through music so I kinda had to devote my time to making a living.
P2: What inspired you to kick this all off now? Was it just the right time, was God just telling you this was the time to move?
Eshon: Yeah, yeah. You see what happened, the reason I kinda fell back; was being able to provide for my family. That’s my number one priority so I wasn’t really able to make a living through music so I kinda had to devote my time to making a living.
I just so happened to start shooting music videos so I’ve been shooting a lot of music videos for artists including my own, but now I just dropped a new album [Blood Rushing to My Head} so its time to get back out in front of the faces of the people and do shows and all that. I'm happy to be at this place you know, I couldn't do it before but I'm grateful to be able to do it now.
P2: Is there any particular song that you can't wait to perform on stage? It seems that all your songs are designed to just roll right into testimony, but is there one you just feel called to do consistently or does that vary from stage to stage?
Eshon: Its song to song man, I like 'em all personally [laughs]. I really do, I don’t have songs that I don’t really care for. I try to make music that I like, you know what I’m sayin’? If I don’t like how a song is going I won’t even finish it.
P2: You were on stage earlier with Je’kob [Washington] and we talking with him earlier (see our interview with Je’kob Washington of Washington Projects) and he said this was your first time seeing each other face-to-face, let alone perform together. Yet you collaborated on two really amazing songs, how did that come about?
Eshon: You know, internet man. Its great at connecting people and he was a fan of the music and he reached out. I had seen what he and his sister was doing (with Washington Projects) and I really enjoyed their music. I though his sound was quality. Its not amateur at all. So I recognized that man, I know good music when I hear it. I was a fan from afar and then he started doing solo stuff and he was real dope. So when he reached out to me it was only natural for us to do something.
He pretty much just said ‘I want to help you out’, and that was just a blessing so I sent him some records and he just jumped right on it. Yeah though this is the first time we met each other [laughs] and it was just real good to meet him.
P2: I know the word gets tossed around a lot but your very transparent and authentic up on stage. Tonight you even admitted to having forgotten your lines on occasion and you share a lot of your personal testimony. For people who aren’t used to that, for people who are not used to seeing artists get up on stage and just bare it all like that; is that something you had to work through or is that just naturally part of your personality?
Eshon: Yeah I guess I just appreciate people being real. I pride myself on being real. I would much rather be real with people as opposed to being fake or having some type of facade. That’s just feel that if I’m being honest you can’t hold anything against me.
P2: Tell us a little bit about the album [Blood Rushing to My Head, Somewhere in the Clouds Looking Down], what was the mindset behind the project?
Eshon: The album man, Blood Rushing to My Head Somewhere in the Clouds Looking Down….
P2: That’s a serious name by the way!
Eshon: Yeah, yeah [laughs]. I’m a lyricist man, I’m really about words. A lot of people shy away from that by trying to make things small and concise and they try to make it easy for people but I’m like, I’m going to give you lyrics, I’m going to give you words, I’m going to make you think. I just come from that era. The 90″s man, when it was about much more than just dancing and catchy hooks.
So [the album] is actually apart of a three part series, so it’ll be Blood Rushing to My Head parts one, two and three and they’re all going to have subtitles. So we have Somewhere in the Clouds Looking Down and the second one… the Lord just gave me that one last night while I was in bed sleep but I’m not going to say nothing about it yet. I’m going to hash it out and make sure I’m hearing it from God correctly before I put anything out there but I believe I just got the concept for the next one.
P2: How can people find out more about you?
Eshon: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… if people want to see my life, and what I’m all about just look at my Instagram. [laughs] You’re going to see me, my family, the many place that I travel and what interests me, what I believe, you can see it all on Instagram. I would say Instagram over anything.
P2: Hey thank you so much for making the time.
Eshon: Thank you man. Salute!
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