About “Nuttin’ but Stringz”

Nuttin’ But Stringz Damien and Toure Escobar



Teenage brothers, Tourie Escobar and Damien Escobar are a true phenomenon of our musical age. They combine the classical sound of the violin with Pop, R&B and Hip-hop. The result is a unique and uplifting fury of modern emotion and harmony… intensity and rhythm.

Younger brother Damien says, “We play our violins so hard and with such force that we destroy a bow a show!” Together, the Escobar brothers are NUTTIN’ BUT STRINGZ (NBS). They both attended the legendary Juilliard School of Music in New York City where they were able to hone their craft and find their place.

Their mission is to bridge the gap between Popular and Classical music. Their debut CD, Struggle from the Subway to the Charts was released through KOCH Entertainment in October 2006 on NBS Entertainment Inc./ KOCH Entertainment.

Their first single entitled “Thunder” showcases their raw talent; it digs into the soul, slowly unleashes it and exposes it. Older brother Tourie explains, “Our music is based on emotion not lyrics. We tell stories and the violin is our voice.” Other tracks on the CD include, “Broken Sorrow” and “Dance with My Father.”

NBS has been playing the violin for over 15 years and at the tender ages of 7 and 8 they knew what inspired them. They grew up in a rough area of Jamaica, Queens; where it wasn’t safe to walk the streets especially if you have a violin in your hands. As a result, their musical aspirations came crashing to a stop 3 years ago when they both dropped out of school and lost focus.

Eventually they realized they were in with a bad crowd and went back to school. Tourie says, “The passion for music and the violin saved my life.” They were relentless and played the New York City subways for pocket change. Tourie explains, “We would play the trains and we had a captive audience. We broke down the trains on a marketing level. Damien chose the C train for its demographic and I tackled the A train. We raked in over $300 each in 2 hours and we did it 3 times a week.” Damien adds, “The subway is the equivalent of playing several performance hours each week and we were able to refine our technique before a live audience.” The subway was the gateway that landed NBS a manager and a record deal.

In 2005, they entered a local talent contest at the legendary Apollo Theatre and won! As a result of the media attention surrounding the event, they have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show with Katie Couric and have even been featured in Major Motion Pictures such as “STEP UP”. They have performed on show bills with legendary artists such as Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers and Yolonda Adams. They have even been invited to perform for the President of the United States at the White House.

Their sudden success escalated their hopes and dreams and they became involved with the YMCA Strong Kids charity as well as the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. They also spent much of their free time playing at public schools and talking to kids about music and staying in school. Music has changed their outlook on life. Tourie says, “I never finished anything early in life but with the violin, I saw it through and I’m not going to quit now.” Damien agrees and says, “I don’t handle failure well that’s why I work as hard as I can.” NBS brilliantly molds unlikely genres with ease. From 50 Cent to Vivaldi, from DMX and R Kelly to Bach, NBS continues to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages. From toddlers to teens and beyond… their music crosses and opens age barriers in a way that is unforgettable. Struggle from the Subway to the Charts is a brilliant blend of classical daring intertwined with rap undertones. NBS has created a new genre that’s being talked about and admired. The buzz has begun. Their music is a provocative and stirring Thunder that will be analyzed and copied for years to come.

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For media interviews contact: Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, MAYO Communications, Los Angeles, 818-340-5300, or Publicity@MayoCommunications.com.



  1. Gostaria de saber o nome de CD pra conprar e saber se , eè possivel comprar-lo aqui na italia onde moro.

    E os meus filhos adoram voces. obrigado.


  2. Hi, I want to use the song ‘winner’ for my company videos. Please help me how it will work?

  3. i dream about damien last night,, thanks for being so cool for me,,, you Guys Rock man…

  4. Where are they now? It seems like the dropped off the face of the earth…

    • They did, a huge volcanoe screwed up their European tour, and now both have split and gone their separate ways. When and if they ever get together will post it here. thanks Noelle.

  5. Hi Tourie and Damien, I have watched (and waited) for you 2 since the article in the USA Weekend (?) section of my Sunday newspaper MANY years ago. I was so happy to see you both perform so well on AGT and in a dance movie (the name escapes me) with Julia Stiles where you were in a hallway practicing. I’m a 60 plus year old woman who’s now on the board of directors of the Binghamton Philharmonic (Upstate) and I’ve tried to bring up your names and talent to our executive director; Jose-Luis Novo is our maestro, plus he directs the Annapolis Symphony as well as ours. All that being said, do you still perform? So many regional orchestras would benefit from your passion and enthusiasm to update and crossover from classical to more modern music. We all need to attract a new generation of music lovers and you brothers could generate so much for so many! I’d love to see you here in Binghamton! Thank you for reading this.

    • Yes, but both have split and gone their separate ways. We can contact them later if you want to pursue it.

  6. Damien Escobar is solo now and has created quite a buzz. Much more than a buzz actually. He’s doing a tour called ” Boundless “. His music is available on itunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Amazing sound and all the exite, exquisite talent, swag and musical genius you knew of and loved. Track Damien Escobar right here on Facebook live mostly everyday with a greeting, message and update on where he’s appearing next.

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