You can expect a wide variety of music that could be translated into many genres including Hip Hop, Alternative, Pop Punk, Christian, Emo, and more. In 2014 Vincent overdosed and was blessed with a fresh start. At that time he decided to completely surrender his life to God and serve him along with anyone else that is struggling. While continuing the process of finding his niche and pushing his own limits of creativity, Vincent remains true by not compromising who he is. He aims to reach the hearts of the listeners and hit home by touching on uncomfortable topics that can be related to by the majority of the world. Vincent continuously seeks the perfect middle ground to keep the effort natural. His last projects Our Voice Is A Weapon and Nostalgic featuring D-Rock received underground praise and attracted a diverse range of fans worldwide.
His latest single Home Alone refers heavily to his Pop Punk roots. “This song depicts a story showcasing a man torn between committing to his toxic relationship and leaving the cycle of abuse” says Vincent. Produced by Balloon Beats, the track is an excellent representation of Vincent’s diverse range of ability and where his music is headed. “I feel that finding an original sound that fits you is vital but on the other hand experimenting is key to growth” says Vincent.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
As diverse as my range can be and (I believe I have only scratched the surface) I don't like to be pinned to a genre but how else do you describe the style? I have a blend of alternative, pop punk, boom bap and christian hip hop. The easiest way to describe it is just like that and let the music speak for itself.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name originally was Vinchenzo or chenzo for short but had to change it for copywrite reasons. As a man of many many nicknames it seemed difficult to come up with a new artist name. During breakfast one morning my mother suggested Vincent Tesoro. Her maiden name is Tesoro and Vincent Tesoro was the name of my uncle that passed away before I was born. He always felt like my guardian angel. I felt that using it as a tribute would be a way to continue his short lived but heavily impacted legacy. Coincidentally Tesoro always means treasure.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Always been a huge fan of music and influences grow daily but in hip hop Biggie, 2pac, Big L, Big Pun, Nas, Tech N9ne, Mayday, (all of strange music) Lecrae, Andy Mineo, (reach records) NF, Pvth, Phil Mauro, Vendetta of PCP, Czarface, Akrobatik and so many more from local to mainstream. My alternative, pop punk influences are Blink-182, +44, Alkaline Trio, Sum 41, Green Day, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Hawk Nelson, Fall Out Boy, MGK, The Used, Senses Fail, A7X and all the skate punk from early 2000s.
I also enjoy the legendary classics like The Doors, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC Ray Charles, Madonna, Billy Idol just to name a few.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now I am working on a 2 part alternative/ pop punk project and have never released the name up to this point.
I also have a collaboration set up with Mayday of Strange Music, Ren Thomas and Phil Mauro as of now. I would love to work with more musicians and bands in the future.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Reaching the hearts of the listeners and not being afraid to touch on controversial or sensitive topics. I hope to relate and hit home with anyone that is receptive towards recovery and overcoming pain and trauma.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Up to this point I would say my single One Day At A Time because of crowd participation. I don't usually do hyped tracks but that one is always fun and the fact that its still meaningful is a bonus.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
There has been a few, mostly finding a balance of reaching the world and the church and trying to keep that perfect middle ground to relate to all walks of life. Also between leaving my former group Pathway Movement and deciding to go solo and to this current day taking that risk to change my specialized genre from predominantly hip hop to more alternative and punk, similar to Machine Gun Kelly.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
90 percent of the time I cant write indoors, I feel constricted. I need to be alone walking down the street preferably at night depending on the overall emotion of the song, a bright sunny day helps too. Even writing with other artists in the same room I notice some creative barrier that blocks me from a complete breakthrough lyrically. Usually my strongest material is after overcoming a difficult situation in life ( break up, depression anxiety etc.) Sometimes I can write during those moments and feel uplifted, other times I feel to congested mentally to get it out.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Im 27 years old strangely enough since I started making music social media is really all I know so I have nothing else to compare it to. I also started recording about 7 years ago so maybe If I was in between eras when I began I could answer that question differently. It can be a very useful platform and as important as it is, I like to believe the quality and substance of the music is what truly counts.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
My spotify playlist ' The TwiLight Zone" consists of some of my all time favorite songs from myself and others. I hate this question because it will change tomorrow and I can never decide ha ha but here is my top 10 on the playlist. (No Specific Order)
Mayday: Shortcuts and Dead-ends
Wrekonize: Simple Back Then
Blink-182: No Heart To Speak OF
Alkaline Trio: Armageddon
Machine Gun Kelly: I Think I'm Okay
Boxcar Racer: There Is
Green Day: Last Night On Earth
+44: When Your Heart Stops Beating
Sum 41: Dear Father
Tech N9ne: We Wont Go Quietly
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
To be honest mostly a lot of drugs and chasing woman. After I overdosed and gave up the drugs and got back on track spiritually that's when I traded my addiction for music. As a child my father and I would travel to various baseball parks around the country and collect memorabilia that was always sentimental to me.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
START YOUNG! Don't let anyone tell you that you cant do it, keep the faith and believe all things are possible. Remember that you are who you hang with so make sure that your circle is motivated and have potential. There is nothing worse than wasted talent.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I think the most obvious answer is the radio will play whats reaching the listeners, whats making an impact and whoever is talented.
That lyrical ability, originality and concepts make its way to the forefront of the industry.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Realistically a part of me sadly enough feels like originality is almost a lost art. I believe being unique is the key to evolving as a musician and to me it is everything but in this day and age we are attracted to the trends and it is watering down the industry. Phases only last a decade if your lucky but real music is meant to be timeless.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
If your reading this keep me in prayer and thank you everyone for taking the time out for me.
God Bless and feel free to connect with me by searching Vincent Tesoro on all platforms and share with me how this interview impacted you!