The cancellations of occasions and shutdowns of bars and eating places resulting from COVID-19 have affected everyone — and that features native musicians who’ve seen their common gigs canceled and, in some circumstances, their lifelines profoundly compromised. Consequently, we’re checking in with one musician every week to see how they’re doing, what they’re listening to and if they’re as much as creating new music whereas they quarantine with the remainder of the world.
This week, we caught up with Lorenzo Nichols, also called Sew Early, he of native hip-hop fame. Throughout our time, we talked about what he’s been listening to currently (spoiler: a number of podcasts), what number of tasks he has happening at present (one other spoiler: loads), and why a Mos Def tune has helped get him by means of the pandemic. For extra on his work, test him out on Fb at www.fb.com/stitchearly or stream his music at inktr.ee/stitchearly.
1. What have you ever been listening to whereas self-quarantining and what about it makes you wish to hearken to it lately?
Nichols: Truthfully, I’ve actually solely been listening to beats — largely. That’s my go-to each day. Music-wise, I’ve discovered myself going again. Camp Lo, Type P, Mos Def, Cam’ron and Raekwon. I’ve been going and listening to their first and second tasks. Having a number of time on my fingers and doing tasks in the home, you typically wish to hear one thing acquainted or one thing that transports you. These tasks take me to a complete different time, when life was extra worry-free. I additionally hearken to a number of podcasts — Joe Budden, ‘Want To Know Pod,’ ‘Rouge and Royal’ and ‘Chopping Deep’ to call just a few.
2. Have you ever come throughout any dwell streams/internet-based performances over the previous few weeks which have caught out because of COVID cancellations?
Nichols: I’ve seen a pair the native joints from Andrew of Silent Previous Mtns. and DoubleMotorcycle. I’m positive you’ve heard of them. Apart from that, NPR has been doing an ideal job of placing out dwell content material. They did a joint with Black Thought, which was superb and that’s one in every of my favourite MC’S. DJ’s have been holding it down loopy, too. ninth Surprise, Questlove and D Good shut out most nights at my home. I additionally began performing some joints with my daughter known as ‘Beats, Rhymes & Hair’ the place I’m rapping over Sham beats whereas doing her hair and streaming the video on-line.
three. Are you utilizing this time to put in writing new materials? In that case, how’s that course of going?
Nichols: Yessir! The one factor that I’ve had is a number of is time. So I’ve been within the studio engaged on a pair tasks. A solo mission ‘TEMS’ and a gaggle mission with my brother, Sham Phoenix, and the identify The Uhrise Collective. We’ll be dropping ‘HOME’ someday within the close to future. Ya’ll will see these coming very quickly together with a number of different content material coming from Uhrise. On high of that, I’m getting new items prepared for ICONNATN.
four. What’s essentially the most constructive takeaway you’ve been capable of expertise from all of the self-quarantining and the music trade being on pause in the intervening time?
Nichols: I’ve been capable of really chill out. I feel that’s been the very best factor. I’m all the time on the go, so this has been a superb time for me to decelerate somewhat. In doing so, I’ve been capable of get a number of stuff began with Uhrise and my music endeavors, ICONNATN and taking good care of my husbandly duties on the crib. It’s additionally opened me up creatively, which has been superb.
5. If there’s one tune that you just assume may assist everyone get by means of these unsure instances, what would it not be and why?
Nichols: If it was one in every of mine, I’d say ‘The Day After’ off of ‘When The Sky Cracks.’ That monitor speaks on being grateful for on a regular basis that you’re blessed with life. One which I preserve within the rotation is Mos Def’s ‘Umi Says’ — you possibly can by no means go mistaken with that one. It’s only a very stress-free calming document, in my view.
BONUS QUESTION: What artists, native or not, do you assume have accomplished an ideal job staying engaged musically on-line and what about what they’re doing units them aside?
Nichols: I can say that me and Sham have stayed in keeping with The Sew & Sham Present and increase our content material. Ricole dropped his first solo joint in like 4 years, ‘Banned From Streaming.’ Dawson dropped an EP, ‘Smolder.’ Iodine P has been doing nice with posting movies previous and current. My man Jas been going dwell rapping and understanding. I feel the most important factor is that everybody is doing! The most effective factor to do now could be proceed to place the content material out as a result of the eyes are there. Ahead progress is the very best progress.