We had the good fortune of connecting with Estela and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Estela, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to be someone that really crosses the divide between classical and popular music and makes it acceptable to love both. Classical music often carries so many stigmas around about being stuffy and elitist, underneath the facade it is just music. I felt frequently as a little girl and growing up that I didn’t fit the mould of what a classical musician should be; I talked on stage, I made jokes, I wore untraditional outfits, but it was all an attempt to bring more people in and help them see the wonder of the music. I also want to strongly represent the female aspect of being a performer, in particular a classical one, that doesn’t have to be overly “sexy”. I want female artists to be able to sexy and feminine or masculine in their own right without having to wear the tiny dress and 6 inch heels. I want to go on stage and be a strong female role model, wearing a suit, being a boss and blending classical music with all the different genres and that is what I want people to remember.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The biggest change in both my life and career was making the move to LA from London. I literally left everything behind, my family, friends, agent, career, belongings. I went out with two suitcases and that was it. Starting completely from scratch was hugely daunting and challenging but it allowed me to really control the shape of where I wanted my career to go. To get work I used to go to gigs and then approach the pianist after the show and ask them if they ever needed subs. Then if I was lucky enough to get the gig I would make more connections and it worked like a chain, one loop creating the next. I was fortunate enough to land an agent for my cruise ship show early on and this in turn set me up with LA as my base. I have learned that communication in this field is key. Start conversations, listen to peoples stories, their music and equally share yours in return. The more people you can collaborate with the more it helps your own personal brand. I feel to be where I am today has taken a huge amount of resilience and stubbornness! Talent will get you so far but it’s being able to take the knocks and get back up even when you feel it is pointless that has led to some of my greatest successes as a pianist. As a child I NEVER practised, I used to just not take it too seriously, but as I came into the real world I realised the amount of competition there is you have to be on the absolute top of your game. Setting yourself apart is hard as well, I actually blend comedy with my show, I chat to the audience breaking that wall and 100% love what I do which I think makes a huge difference. As for what I would like the world to know? Well I just want to share my passion for what I do and hope the people that watch and listen enjoy it as much as I enjoy performing it!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well I assume this is before Covid……lol So I would definitely take them to Malibu beach for a picnic and then the hike in Zuma which is just beautiful. Malibu is it’s own little world of wealth but it is truly beautiful and the beaches their are gorgeous. We would certainly take a trip to Big Bear and rent a cabin for a few days with a hot tub. Being in the mountains with that amazing fresh air and wildlife is incredible. We would also go kayaking on the lake and zip-lining for some adventure. One of my favourite bars in LA is “The One-up”. It has fantastic cocktails and is full of old school arcade machines so makes for a great night all round. Eating wise, there is so much to choose from! The Blue Dog Tavern for a perfect beer and burger, Joe’s pizza for home comfort, even Sushi from Whole Foods! I would want her to meet as many friends of mine as I could. They are all in different industries, all incredibly hard working and all interesting people. I am also alllll about a home hangout, a house party where I play the piano, people sing and jam out and we all get a little drunk. lol.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to shout out to Sean Carney of WOLVES for being my biggest supporter and all round amazing musician.

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