Mitch Esparza for On the Hill
Sometimes you meet people and you immediately want to be their friend…sometimes the process is a little slower. When we met Mitch, we didn’t know what to make of him. His talent and flexibility were obvious; likewise, his knowledge of worldly happenings—but there is something about him that we couldn’t quite put our (collective) finger on…
He is—in truth—a unique individual to be sure, but we’ve come to understand that his expressive eyes are but two small windows into a mind that burns a fire that will warm us all. He is a notable talent, a kind soul, and a dang-interesting fella. Please enjoy these two video selections from Mitch’s session, as well as his short interview presented below. Also note that all of the audio content recorded during his session is available at the bottom of this page.
When/why/how/where did Mitch Esparza get started? That is to say can you give us a comfortably-abridged bio?
I was born in Queretaro Mexico—a city 3 hrs drive north of Mexico City… I started playing music when I was 8 or 9. Started taking classical/spanish guitar lessons, then quickly switched to bass when I couldn’t learn ode to joy…
I moved to the states at 13/14 and started working at the last record store left in Wilmingotn DE where we moved, Berts. There I started learning delta blues songs on guitar in open tunings. I watched every youtube video I could to try and see peopple’s finger placement… So after a few I realized they were all basically the same.
So, I started a one man band as taco which was the nickname that the store owner introduced me as to all the customers. It’s only recently I’ve just been going by Mitch Esparza or ME…. which technically isn’t my full name either, but whatever…
Anyway, I moved to Philly in 2007 for school at drexel, started my band love club. And six years later I’m still playing and doing shit like this which is nice and rewarding.
Why did you chose these songs for On the Hill?
You’ll have to remind me what we did o_o
I have too many songs. I tried to write down all the songs in my potential solo repetoir, including all my covers and songs I’ve written, and I realized its somewhere over 100.
I know we definitely did jaula de oro which is a song by tigres del Norte. I always liked it a lot because of its story about a migrant worker Losing touch with his home and family…
Pearls dissolve in vinegar is a song I wrote about my very dear friend Michael Curcio who died this past april. It’s also the name of the next Love Club album.
What else is going on in your world? What’s next?
Well a lot…
I’ve been playing a residency once a month in Brooklyn at my friends skateboard shop in park slope… the Shop’s called skate Brooklyn, and pretty much every 1st saturday of the month I’ll be there in some form or another either with my band, or with collaborators or solo.
Next month (Sept 14th) I’m doing a One off project with my friend Roshan Reddy, who was one of the early incarnation members of Mean Lady, before Fat Possum. Also Joining us will be Sean Sacks of the band Great Red Spots. Our Project is called FacePorn.
In October I just got confirmation from Insect Ark that she’ll be playing a set at the shop as well. I’ll be performing solo billed as MMMMMMMME
Other than that, Love Club is recording another album. This time we’re setting up inside PhilaMOCA and tracking most of everything.
Eric the curator also expressed an interest in directing our 1st music video…
Followed by a release show in Nov.
So, to keep track people should like us on Facebook and also wander over to
Where can we see and hear more of you?
my impecunious label site
Connies Ric Rac Aug 30th 9pm LOVE CLUB show $7??
Time Hitler and The Assholes From Space, and Snoozer, as well as Drone Ranger