- The l.A.- based hip-residence artist has already located fanatics in Elton john, Robyn, and Tyler, the creator.
On the evening in front of the arrival of his third E.P., I Can’t Go Outside; you’d think Compton hip-house artist and maker Channel Tres would prepare to celebrate. He’s on his 6th hour in the studio, previously chipping away at his next project, for which he says this one is “only the forerunner.”
It’s that strong, hard-working attitude and a devotion to sharpening his specialty that has taken Tres everywhere in the world — on a visit with Robyn and Childish Gambino — as a free craftsman with only a few of E.P.s added to his repertoire. Indeed, preceding the beginning of the Covid pandemic, he’d never taken a break.
“This is somewhat the first occasion when I’ve had the option to plunk down for this long and not be on a plane or heading off to someplace else,” the 29-year-old reveals to MTV News over a call, only a brief time before his task dropped on December 10. Without visiting, which has consistently been the primary driver of his inventive cycle, Tres has been compelled to investigate his environmental factors.
“It’s effortless here and there when you’re doing music, or perhaps any work, to disregard various issues you have because you could fly someplace and forget about it, yet during this time, I haven’t had the option to overlook anything. I’ve been managing things.”
Experiencing childhood in South Central Los Angeles, the performer conceived Sheldon Young drenched himself in the music of his congregation ensemble at a young age, later learning the drums and taking dance classes; at a certain point, he even joined a krumping bunch.
Raised by his grandparents, Tres left secondary school ahead of schedule after his granddad’s demise to deal with his grandma, who later passed also. By his late teens, Tres was left unhoused and dependent on government assistance.
Feeling minimized by his current circumstance, he escaped to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to examine music at Oral Roberts University, working night shifts at Chick-fil-A to remain above water. He returned to L.A. after school, started functioning as a visiting D.J., and immediately wound up making music in rooms with Kehlani, Duckwrth, Wale, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. When his presentation single “Regulator” dropped in 2018, Channel Tres was at that point prepared for progress.