ESP Institute casts a wide net, intersecting numerous sounds and genres—house, techno, disco, dub, jazz, ambient, serious music, cheesy music—it all plays a part, but there is an emotional connectivity throughout that cumulatively tells the story of lives unfurling, both connected and diasporic. Born and raised in NYC before migrating west and nomadically camping across the expanse of Los Angeles, the ESP label itself offers a contemporary version of this anything-goes mentality, but it’s undoubtedly built on and within a universe of wild, weird and often psychedelic music archived on the influential lovefingers.org and that Lovefingers has championed over the past 20+ years as a DJ. Listen without expectation, just a willingness to enjoy the ride whether euphoric, melancholic, meditative or bumpy.
Where are you from?
What do you do?
Just a cog in the machine
Earliest musical memory?
Mother playing piano
Why did you start a record label?
To contribute our own voice as part of the larger story
How would you describe the label’s sound?
Distilled droplets of our tastes which are constantly evolving and accumulating into our own world