Esme Olivia is an artist of song, dance, poetry, & theatre. She grew up in New Mexico & is now 28 years old. She studied acting, devising & directing theatre, dance, & poetry at Hampshire College, where she received her BA in 2011. Before that, she was schooled in poetry slam, & was a member of the 2005 National Poetry Slam Championship-Winning Team from Albuquerque. She has lived in Santa Fe, NM, for the past 3 years, working as a teaching artist, Reiki & healing practitioner, & prayerformance artist.
Esme’s voice is her most powerful musical instrument & she plays the piano, guitar, hoop drum, & kazoo with deep love & devotion. She uses an RC-505 loop station to beatbox & harmonize with herself & loop in her instruments. Listeners have compared her looping sets to Sylvan Esso, CocoRosie, Dead Can Dance, & Lulacruza.
Dilestellem is a professionally certified, passionately motivated audio engineer, emcee, beat maker, producer and educator. Founder and lead architect behind Visceral View Entertainment, defined as “Conviction Arising From One’s Mental Or Spiritual Being, Obtained Through Intuition Rather Than Reasoning.” This professional and business-oriented arts collective is focused on nourishing and expanding creative community, developing young artists, and supporting them in pursuit of their dreams. Diles also co-operates Central Root Studios, a recording studio and artistic epicenter in Albuquerque, NM.
Diles has released over 20 albums and collaborated with artists from around the world. In addition, he has performed in venues, guest lectured, and facilitated workshops across the country and internationally in conjunction with organizations such as The Santa Fe Opera, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreations Program, Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, Tricklock Theatre, Little Globe, Warehouse 508, several universities as well as public and charter high schools across the southwest and U.S.