Giovanni Cortez

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CitizenshipNew York
  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Songwriter
  • journalist
Known forGio Escobar

Giovanni Cortez (born 1995), better known as Gio Escobar, is a Nuyorican musician, producer, songwriter and journalist. He is most notable for being the founder of the New York City art ensemble Standing on the Corner (band) whose music has been described as a post-genre blend of jazz, indie rock, soul, funk, and hip-hop.[1]

Early Life

Gio was first introduced to music in churches across Brooklyn, where he played the electric organ for money.[2]

In 2010 Gio formed a band with 3 other of his Brooklyn friends called the The N'ere Dowells; which translates the "The No Gooders". It was a garage rock focused sound, with hazy vocals and drifting instrumentals that laid the groundwork for much of his later work.[3][4]

Gio has a Journalism / Design Major from New York's The New School, where he graduated in 2017.[5][6] He also studied jazz here, where he would grow is appreciation for the art the ultimatley led to the creation of his jazz focused art ensemble, Standing on the Corner (band).


In 2017 he held a Nuyorican film festival at his school titled, "On The Welfare Line With My Grandma." He put on forgetton playing films that inspired him aswell as interviews with their film makers such as Carlos De Jesus, who he ended up working with on G-E-T-O-U-T!! The Ghetto.[7]

After the success of Standing on the Corner (band) first two albums, Gio worked closely with artists such as Earl Sweatshirt and Solange Knowles whom he ended up dating.[8] Gio would join Earl Sweatshirt on the second season of his Red Bull Radio Show, replacing knxwledge and playing the last 9 episodes.[9][10]


  1. "Meet Standing on the Corner, the Post-Genre Crew Whose Music Speaks a Secret Language". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-12-26.
  2. "Standing on the Corner Don't Just Defy Genre, They Ignore It". Interview Magazine. 2019-08-29. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  3. "The N'ere Dowells Indie Rock". SYFFAL. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  4. Brimacombe, James. "Play It Forward: The N'ere Dowells". Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  5. "Meet Standing on the Corner, the Post-Genre Crew Whose Music Speaks a Secret Language". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  6. "about". Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  7. "Forgotten Nuyorican Films". Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  8. Greer, Carlos (2020-11-24). "Solange 'happily booed up' with boyfriend Gio Escobar". Page Six. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  9. "Earl Sweatshirt Stays Inside". Earl Sweatshirt Wiki. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  10. "STANDING ON THE CORNER - G-E-T-O-U-T!! The Ghetto - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-12-29.

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