July 01, 2016
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In this 2014 file photo, Esco poses with Nyanda from Brick and Lace pose.

He rose to fame as a dancehall artiste, one half of the dynamic duo Leftside and Esco.

In 2007, he and Leftside went separate ways and since then the entertainer has been charting his own course. A lover of music, the multi-talented Esco assures his fans that while he may be missing from the entertainment scene as a recording artiste, he has not departed from his first love.

"Even when you think that you're not seeing or hearing Esco, Esco is always involved in music from one angle or the other," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Esco, whose given name is Matthew Thompson, revealed that he has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes as a producer.

"I've always been a producer/recording artiste but I was on a team. Once the team split, one of the things I set out to do was to continue producing to show the people that at the end of the day I am a multi-talented individual."

fellow colleagues

The entertainer said that when he decided to go on his own he was overwhelmed by the support he received by his fellow colleagues and was encouraged to keep pushing his limits.

"Big up to all of the artistes who supported Esco after the group split. I can't say the journey was difficult, it wasn't easy but I had a lot of support," he said.

Esco, who also wears the hat of a songwriter, told THE WEEKEND STAR he has had no regrets with his decision to focus on being a producer as he has enjoyed huge success in the field.

Since making that decision, Esco has worked with some of the top entertainers in the business including Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, I Octane, Agent Sasco, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Future Fambo, Bling Dawg and Capelton.

When asked which of the jobs he prefers, Esco told the THE WEEKEND STAR that all aspects of the music are important to him as each aspect gives him a different kind of joy.

"To produce something and see it come to life with another artiste is a great joy. To produce something and see the song come to life as an artiste is also a great joy so I can't speak to one being better than the other. I just love music and I love being immersed in it," he said.

"I love music 360 degrees, unconditional, so everything in music kinda weighs the same to me so every aspect of it gives me a joy," Esco added.

When asked about whether he his former partner, Leftside, had reconciled their differences, Esco said that they have moved past the malice stage. Among other his, the duo served up the amazingly witty Tuck Een Yuh Belly.

political correctness

"It's never good to hold up malice or grudge or bad vibes in your heart so I feel like Leftside and I have brought it to a point of political correctness. We'll see each other and hail but I don't think he deserves my friendship anymore. We can be cool but in terms of the depth of friendship, it nuh deh deh so again," Esco said.

With a possible reunion collaboration is out of the question, Esco is focusing on his dual role as an artiste and a producer. His song, Bleaching Controversy, and his mix tape, Shock Treatment Vol. 1, were released recently and have been doing well, according to the entertainer.

"Esco is a person who keeps himself in a non political atmosphere so I'm a person everyone can work with. Esco is a person that always believe in himself so at the end of the day even when you go a little bit silent or you aren't the man of the moment you still find creative ways to make an impact in music so I've been doing a lot," he said.

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