ELSTEN

ELSTEN

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

What do you think you�d get when you cross a Cuban-born, New York City raised singer/songwriter in the hands of Miami�s off center culture mix? A sprinkle of British signature pop/rock, with a dash of Cuban Troubadour Roots and some Americana heartland soul.

Biography

Two-time Grammy Nominated ELSTEN TORRES has been a bilingual pop-rock frontman while writing smash hits on the Latin pop and tropical charts for other artists.
Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York City, the quintessential singer-songwriter who�s proud of his roots (despite the fact that his father was a political prisoner in Cuba) and is influenced by artists from Beny Mor� to Elvis Costello to the Beatles, ELSTEN is admired by his peers for his rock-solid commitment to artistry.
In 1997, ELSTEN�s band Fulano de Tal (which means �John Doe� in Spanish) debuted with the album Normal. Shortening its name to Fulano in 2000, the band returned with Etc. This album contained the song �Caramelo,� which was subsequently covered by Mexico�s No. 1 rock star and diva, Alejandra Guzm�n.
Word of ELSTEN�s vivid, organic songwriting gifts spread quickly, and during the 2000s he wrote hits for such artists as Obie Bermudez (the Grammy-nominated �Todo el A�o� that was #1 on the Billboard Charts for 5 consecutive weeks), Julio Iglesias (the Billboard �Top 10� and BMI awarded �Los Dem�s�), Luis Fonsi and Michael Stuart.
In 2006, he released Individual under the Fulano moniker. But as the title suggests, it�s a solo album. Featuring the wistful, tropical-folk ballad �Olvidar� and the sardonic, Elvis Costello-meets-Rob Thomas rocker �Mercy,� Individual wasn�t easy to categorize but delighted audiences ready for something unpredictable and heartfelt.
ELSTEN�s peers in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave Individual their ultimate blessing, nominating it for a Best Latin Pop Album Grammy in 2007; it was the only indie-distributed release among the category�s five nominees.
Representing a new generation of bilingual singer/songwriters, in early 2008, he embarks on a new phase of his career, signing a management deal with UNO MUSIC and becoming a full-fledged solo artist, performing and recording as ELSTEN TORRES for the first time.

Lyrics

When Summer Comes

Written By: E.Torres/B.Buckley

The spring don't shine, when her clouds are low.
The winter cries, in her frozen snow.
The autumn hides, under leaves of brown.
Her rainy days, just bring me down.

But when summer comes, she comes so well, she always does.
When summer comes, she comes so well, she always does.

The flowers smile, 'neath her perfect day.
But when she blooms, I just run away.
The shadows weigh, in her wintry eyes.
The birds don't fly, in her stormy skies.

When summer comes, she comes so well, she always does…

And it feels that it's unreal.
Yes it does.
How that heart always heals.
And it does, yes it does, and it does.

When summer comes, she comes so well, she always does.
When summer comes, she comes so well, she always does…

Blackout

Written By: Elsten

So this is all she said, she said with no remorse
She made herself believe, she didn’t have a choice,
So this is all she said, she said it all anyway

Hold on to yourself before it cuts, before it hurts….

So this was not the end, we laughed above her voice
She made herself a dress and walked around the porch.
So this was not the best, the best was better yesterday

Hold on to your heart before it cuts, before it hurts….

There’s been a Black Out on my street
& no one is allowed to sleep
There’s been a Black Out on my street
& every one’s afraid to meet
There’s been a Black Out on my street
& only she can take the heat

So this is not the way, we read each other’s thoughts
I thought I heard myself complain about her faults
So this was not the truth the truth was always far away

Hold on to your breath before it cuts, before it hurts….

There’s been a Black Out on my street
& No one is allowed to sleep
There’s been a Black Out on my street
& Every one’s afraid to meet
There’s been a Black Out on my street
& Only she can take the heat

She tears her world apart; she makes her daydreams dark,
She breaks her desperate moments into separate parts

For Today

Written By: Elsten Torres/Brendan Buckley

So you've got the bruises and the cuts on your skin,
and you feel so lost you don't know where to begin,
and you wonder just how long the bleeding will last.
Someone should have taught you not to dwell in the past.

This is all, this is all, this is all, this is all for today.
This is all, this is all, this is all, this is all for today.

Living like a soldier who can never survive.
Waiting for a moment that will never arrive.
You can keep on thinking there's a much better place.
Your entire life would pass in front of your face.

This is all, this is all, this is all…

This is all for today.
Just pretend that you're able.
This is all for today.
Eat your food not the table.

This is all, this is all…

This is all you can do for today. This is all you can hope anyway.
This is all you can feel for today. This is all we've been trying to say.

Dando Vueltas

Written By: Elsten Torres

Dando vueltas por las calles de mi vida cada día rechazando el impulso del reloj.
Dando vueltas de gitano no pensando que mañana pasa un año y no parece que pasó.
Dando vueltas con mis sueños que me llevan por la mano al camino abierto de mi corazón.
Dando vueltas...

Sé lo que vale tener una casa, con techo de oro, ropa de seda y flores en el balcón.
Sé lo que vale tener un oficio con mucho prestigio y mucho dinero y un mes de vacación.
Pero a mi no me hace gracia. Pero a mi no me hace falta. Porque voy...

Dando vueltas por las calles …

Sé lo que vale tener una meta, con mucho esfuerzo y sufrimiento llegas a ser campeón.
Sé lo que vale tener una agenda, con fechas marcadas y muchas llamadas y todo bajo control.
Pero a mi no me hace gracia. Pero a mi no me hace falta. Porque voy...

Dando vueltas por las calles …

Ando dando vueltas, ando dando vueltas, en Nueva York.
Ando dando vueltas, ando dando vueltas, en Mexico.
Ando dando vueltas, ando dando vueltas. Pero se en donde estoy.

Dando vueltas por las calles...

Discography

Albums:
"If You Say So"
Individual
ETC.
Normal
Revolucion

singles:
Mercy
For Today
When Summer Comes
I Will Always Have This Love
Todo El A�o
Tatuaje
Tanto
Los Demas
Caramelo
Selfish

Set List

My set list can be anything from 40 minutes to over 3 hours of original music.

A list of some songs I perform live:
For Today
Dando Vueltas
When Summer Comes
En Nombre De
Mercy
Dejala Que Baile
Caramelo
Sitting Pretty
Malas Palabras

cover songs:

Is this love? Marley
All you need is love - Beatles
Cuarto de tula - Buena Vista Social Club