“We want everyone who listens to just feel what we do, and to take away some knowledge that no matter what today may dish out, tomorrow is ALWAYS a new day,” said Y’shua Ortiz-Escobedo, lead singer and guitarist for local Orlando band Letters To Part. “We only have one shot at this. So make the best of it, no matter what.”
Ortiz-Escobedo cites a wide range of musical influences from HRVRD, O’Brother, Junior Astronomers and Circa Survive to Miles Davis. He started playing guitar at 13 and began writing songs at 16. He didn’t start taking his music seriously until he was a little older, before that he stuck mostly to playing cover songs.
He wrote the first Letters To Part songs after a tough relationship, but the band’s newer songs go beyond that scope. “We strive to write about other things than love. Even though we seem to always come back to the topic. We try to write about everyday life and the struggles that are presented, from money, love, hate, betrayal, lust, to losing a loved one or just starting a new chapter. We write to inspire and to remind everyone that they’re not alone in this journey we call life.”
Although the Orlando musician doesn’t think there is a whole lot of difference between Letters To Part and other bands, he believes the band members put everything they have into a performance. “We do the same thing if not try just as hard,” he said. “I’ll say this though, whenever we get up on stage, we try our hardest to bring every last bit of our emotions into it, from sweat, blood and tears, we go balls to the wall.”
While here in Orlando the band members have become closer as friends and bandmates, developing their style. They’ve been quickly building a good fan base. “The music scene here in Orlando is great,” he said. “[We’ve had] nothing but great responses so far.”
The Orlando band has a lot looming on the horizon with their music. They have a couple of upcoming shows for music fans to look forward to, a house show/costume party on October 26 and a show November 2 at The Backbooth in downtown Orlando. They are planning their next EP and hope to begin production soon at Red Lion Audio in Orlando.