Third Eye Theory captivates young minds with the art of music

By Fatimah Sanford


The “third eye” is known to control insight, creativity and the ability to perceive the reality of an individual. This term is also said to be a gate that leads to inner realms, higher consciousness and most importantly, the truth. Using a diverse mix of classic and urban hip-hop, a group called “Third Eye Theory” uses everything from insight, intuition and imagination to take your mind as far as possible using the art of music.

Lawrence Cortes, and his two cousins, Matthew and Jeffrey Palao are the members of The Third Eye Theory. However, these young scholars have their own interpretation of what their Third Eye Theory is. Even though theory is derived from the Ancient Greek word theoria meaning to look at, behold or be aware of, in modern terms a theory is an idea purposed by one and is constantly trying to be disproved by others.

Third Eye band members.

“Art should be something that requires some type of thought, knowledge or feeling. Whether you’re making music or a t-shirt, it should be something that means something to you,” said group-member, Lawrence Cortes, a junior Biology major at Kean.

This “Third Eye Theory” group started as an idea with an open mind and eyes to their future. They are bringing their dreams to reality by turning their thoughts into action. Third Eye Theory captivates your ears using popular instrumentals and remixes from well-known producers like Madlib, Flying Lotus, MF Doom, andNujabes to encourage their listeners to open up and become the “real” you.

Coincidentally, you might have even seen their stickers posted around Kean campus with the third eye Chakra and pyramid with the words “Third Eye Theory” labeled on it if you have walked near the fences by Hennings, or even as far as the signs on the way to the Vaughn-Eames parking lot.

“Third Eye Theory” is not only using their music to influence their desired audiences, they have got their hands in just about everything when it comes down to marketing themselves. They have their music, a clothing line, their own stickers, along with some pretty awesome pictures and videos. With all these features, “Third Eye Theory” is sure to appeal to more than just your ears. All of these things are what they use to embrace their ingenuity, or “weirdness”, as the group members prefer to call it.

“Too many people think in constraints with what they should and shouldn’t do. We just try to forget about all that and just do us. When you get to that stage where you can just let your creativity flow without being restricted with what everyone else might think of you, your art becomes more original and more you.” Lawrence stated.

Third Eye Theory has definitely got their work cut out for them. Amidst all the photo and video shooting, along with sharing music and blogging about their hype, there is no doubt that these guys are on their way up. In addition, they hope to get a site set up to assist them with blogging and to have their products available online. Do not be afraid to open that third eye and check out Third Eye Theory!

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