DFM: What made you want to get into the music industry?
ESNAVI: My deep passionate love for music, creating, writing and performing. And my desire to share my sound and artistry with the world.
DFM: Who are your musical influences?
ESNAVI: Too many to name. I take notes from every artist I like. Artists from way back to current artists of today. All of the artists I listen to have some sort of influence on me musically. From Stevie Wonder, Bach, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin to Lauryn Hill, Nas, Biggie to Bjork, Coldplay, Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu to Adele, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse to Kim Burrell, Kelly Price, Jazmine Sullivan. The list is long. But I think you get the drift. Ha!
DFM: How would you define your music?
ESNAVI: I create Esnavi type music so its hard to define what that is. My music will change album to album, but my sound will always be Esnavi. My debut album, EXIT E, I would define as Soul Fusion. Soul mixed with a myriad of elements from other genres. My next album will be totally different musically and may or may not fall into that category.
DFM: What inspires you when your creating music?
ESNAVI: My life experiences, feelings, emotions, societal observations, The Most High, and this marvelous Universe.
DFM: What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
ESNAVI: Truth. Honesty. Emotion. Feelings. Love. Inspiration.
DFM: How do you separate yourself from other artists?
ESNAVI: With my sound. And by being myself and staying true to what comes from within me to create and express. But most importantly, by making music that is incomparable and original. EXIT E, as a body of work, does not sound like any other artist vocally or musically.
DFM: What would be your dream collaboration with any rapper or producer? And Why?
ESNAVI: I know you asked for a rapper or producer, but I have a band that would be my dream collaboration. The Roots. I would love to record a song live with them in the studio or just perform live with them. They embody so much musically within their band that I would have endless possibilities creatively with them.
DFM: What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?
ESNAVI: Breaking into it. It takes a while to get where I am today and I still have so much further to go. Getting brand awareness and fans on a global level is not easy especially without a million dollar budget. It took my team and I a lot of work to get here, so that so far, and probably will continue to be, the most difficult thing to endure. Continuing to break down walls and getting more opportunities to share my music with the world.
DFM: So, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
ESNAVI: I think the overall state of music is in a stagnant place. It’s not really going anywhere it hasn’t already been. There is a decline in the quality of mainstream music especially in Hip Hop and R&B/Soul genres. There is a lot of duplication and replication going on. Some artists I can’t tell the difference from one to the next. A lot of it all sounds the same. And that’s not good. But despite that, there is a lot of good good music out here. You just have to seek and find it.
DFM: What do you hope to accomplish throughout your career?
ESNAVI: My main goal is to sustain my career. I plan on doing this forever, so whatever I can accomplish on that journey, I’d be thankful for. Overall, I aim to be known worldwide for creating great music and being able to have a lucrative career doing what I love…writing, recording and performing.
DFM: What projects are you currently working on?
ESNAVI: Preparing to release my next single. I’m also working on my new album which I’m very excited about. Creating is one of the best parts of this journey.