NEXT UP: Emilio

Musician, Graphic Designer, and Painter

Origin: Central New Jersey


Recently finished working on a 3D art mural in NYC, along with contemporary painter Murt, Emilio isn't an artist you'd expect to meet. The multifaceted artist from New Jersey is a musician, graphic designer, and painter. He's currently working on plenty of things. In music, he is creating a collective of singles of various genres. His band, the Good Vibe Tribe, is working on their upcoming debut album, "The Flower." As a visual artist, he's currently rebranding himself. Learn more about him below.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you become such a versatile artist?

Recently finished working on a 3D art mural in NYC, along with contemporary painter I would try to master the next thing and so on. Whenever I made art, I would try a whole different medium or style. Over time, it became a cycle and I practiced it so much that it turned into second nature.


So what specific artistic mediums do you focus on?

In the visual arts realm, I focus on technical and realistic drawings using colored pencils, pastels, charcoals, from painting with acrylics and watercolor. In the musical art realm, I started with percussion that leads to guitar and string instruments such as bass, and cuatro, which is a Puerto Rican string instrument, and eventually resulting in vocals, singing, writing, rapping, poetry.


What made you want to start music? 

I‘ve always had a fascination with art and music. Once I learned how to do one thing, I would try to master the next thing and so on. Whenever I made art, I would try a whole different medium or style. Over time it became a cycle and I practiced it so much that it turned into second nature.

At the age of 4 or 5, my dad's uncle gave me a guiro. He showed me how to play it but even though it was a small instrument, it made the song important and tied it together. After I wanted to try all the instruments and I started with the trombone and in high school, I started with the guitar.

In regards to your visual art realm, when did you begin?

My love for it started when I was about 6 or 7. I would watch my brothers draw and they did it really well, especially when you see your older brother doing it you obviously want to get involved. And I started to do it and started practicing. In high school, after I made a few technical pieces, I realized that I could be the artist I always dreamt of being.

What is your specific style?

I would say at the moment because it could change. My style is no style or freestyle. I create as I go, no matter the idea or abstract and I try to execute it. It's never the same thing. You could try and describe it as a mystery box, no matter what moment, it's a surprise.


Any artists that inspire you, & why?

Picasso because of his come up. He started out doing very technical and classical drawings and then he developed his style to abstract shapes and positions. And musically, my mentor Luis de Jesus, he was the one that taught me how to play guitar and a major musical influence on me.


How do you want to make an impact?

My goal is to bring more self-love, peace, and positivity through my music and art in the hopes that more positive thinking will somewhat change how people think, act, treat each other, and help the infrastructure.


What are you currently listening to? I’ve been listening to Acho Puñeta by Gomba Jahbari, and a lot of XXTENTACION. I love his new album, mad different genres and super versatile, and a new song by Davido, "Fall" (Listen on Apple Music or Spotify).


Don't forget to listen to him on Instagram. (art page: @jec3, musical page: millito3)


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