“When people see the East Side Story Instagram, they get excited because it really holds a fond place in their hearts. It’s become this place for this collective narrative to really unfold.”
“The Beatles were not important in my upbringing — yet how many documentaries and books are there about The Beatles? This is an important part of musical history as well.”
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Video of our art show at Self-Help Graphics in promotion of our Kickstarter campaign.
Interview on Xavier the X-man’s Sunday Night Oldies Show
“I made my first mixtapes waiting for certain songs to come on the radio and recording them on a tape recorder,” says Dueñas, referring to the long-running Sunday Night Oldies radio show hosted by Xavier the X-Man. “My dad loved oldies, my brother loved oldies too. Definitely got my foundation there.”
Link to article to San Diego CityBeat article
Wax Poetic’s write-up about our project and campaign:
“Is this your tio?”
“Is this your Moms and pops?”
With these questions, Chicana DJ and East Side Story Project founder Melissa Dueñas started her research and hunt for the faces and backdrops from the legendary East Side Story LP compilations of classic and forgotten doo-wop and soul music.”
Sama of The Vinly Exam podcast interviews Melissa Dueñas. The two discuss her life in California, Chicano Culture, Sweaterfunk, Lowrider music, and much more.
Melissa Dueñas (aka Lil Smiley) interviews Eddie Estrada on her podcast Lowrider Sundays with her co-host Moniloca. Eddie shares the story of how his brother got on East Side Story Vol. 7.
ESS Project founder, Melissa Dueñas (aka Lil Smiley) interviews Mr. B, the creator of the East Side Story albums, on her podcast Lowrider Sundays, with her co-host Moniloca.
First ever interview with East Side Story creator, Mr. B on Mike Noriega’s show. Co-hosted by the Lowrider Sundays crew, Lil Smiley (ESS Project founder) and Moniloca.