EveryÂ now and then there comes a musical act that slowly draws you in until you find yourself hooked. Even more rarely, comes an act like the French duo “Esteban and Diego” that grabs you by both hands and starts dancing the passo doblo with you!Â
â€œIt feels like weÂ were designed to play together so it explodes on stage!â€ – Esteban
Â I first encountered Esteban and Diego when looking for musical contributions to the International Christmas Child charity album. If I were to summarise these boys in one word it would have to be â€˜energyâ€™. All the exuberant, cheeky, humour so characteristic of young boys, but also the energy apparent in their dedication to their music and in their commitment to each other.
The Story BeginsÂ
Esteban and Diegoâ€™s mothers are sisters and as close as sisters can be, so it was natural that the young cousins began playing together from an early age.
During a New Year celebration, the family discovered with amazement that Esteban had an incredible talent for singing. Diego was already a gifted guitarist and, since they were inseparable, the duo was born!Â
â€œI started taking lessons at age 9, and a year later, Esteban started learning. Because our mothers are so close, we are always together. So it is natural that we started playing together.â€ Diego
They take guitar lessons from Manu who is a guitar teacher of the association “El Hogar de los EspaÃ±oles” in La Plaine Saint Denis, near Paris. Hence, you will hear a distinctly Spanish, Flamenco flavour to their music and may see them referred to either as â€œEsteban y Diegoâ€ (Spanish) or â€œEsteban et Diegoâ€ (French) or indeed, since I am writing in English, I will refer to them as â€œEsteban and Diegoâ€ to avoid confusion!
In December 2009, they played for the first time as “Esteban and Diego” to an association for the mayor of the 19th in Paris. Soon after, they were performing various concerts in Paris and its suburbs.
October 12, 2011, they opened the French live music festival “Cities of World Music.” On 09 November 2011, they performed on the show â€œFrance has got Talentâ€. Performance requests began pouring in from all over France and the young musicians continued to grow their fan base at home and abroad.Â
The Journey continuesâ€¦
Following their TV appearances, they were noticed by Marie Jo Audouard of the production company â€œBe my sound: Hope records.” Soon Esteban and Diego had released their first single “Cuando Bailasâ€ which was composed and performed by the boys. The track is available for download on several internet platforms (Deezer, Amazon etc â€¦).Â
RÃ©mi Castillo – radio host, journalist and producer – also has a heart for this little duo. After hearing their single â€œCuando Bailas” he decided to delight the boys by helping them make a music video for their song. Today, RÃ©mi Castillo guides them and helps them grow. In May 2013, he released a book “The Epic of Young Talents” in which he speaks of them.Â
Esteban and Diego have since had numerous TV appearances including “The Voice kids” in September 2014 and a program called â€œGulli” in October 2014.
An incredible story of loyalty
â€œWe know each other so well. We share everything together, in private as well as on stage. We cannot imagine our music without each other.â€ – Diego
As well as being incredibly talented and entertaining, Esteban and Diego have a special quality which sets them apart from many other groups of their age: they are completely committed to each other. This is not difficult while success remains limited and neither party has much to lose, but for the friendship to survive at the dizzying heights that Esteban and Diego have reached proves that the bond they share is very powerful.Â
â€œDiego is like my big brother. Sometimes we fight a bit, but in the music we are always united.â€ – Esteban
I know the boys and their families will not mind me sharing a fairly personal story of when this loyalty was truly put to the test.Â
Esteban and Diego travelled to England to audition for â€œBritainâ€™s Got Talentâ€ a few years ago. This was before their numerous television appearances so, no doubt, it was a big deal for them. The producers liked what they saw and heard. A lot. But there was one condition: Esteban and Diego would have to separate as the producers were not interested in promoting a duo.
The boys made their decision quickly and unanimously. They picked up their guitars and went home to France! They were â€œEsteban and Diegoâ€ not â€œEsteban orÂ Diegoâ€!
It is such a delight to see the success the boys are enjoying now. Not only in France but, increasingly, all over the world. It is an honour to be able to feature them here and wish them every success for an exciting future, fuelled by the energy that only Esteban and Diego can give!
â€œWhen we began to see that people liked what we were doing, we were amazed. Even today we are surprised every time people take notice of us.â€ – Esteban
â€œWe do not know where this will lead us – we thought it would stop after our first TV appearance – but it’s been more than 3 years and the adventure continues! Thank you to all those who make it possible.â€ – Diego
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