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On the Road, for the Record: Channel Tres

Since he was young, learning and practicing music has been part of Channel Tres’s, life; initially playing the drums, his talents have evolved into many different forms. His electrifying moves and deep cadence combined with high BPM’s transport you into a world where the only natural response is to dance. Currently, the 27-year-old writer and producer is accompanying  Toro y Moi  on his US tour. 

His most recent release came by the way of his remix to EARFQUAKE, off of Tyler, the Creator’s, IGOR, which is the only track Tyler has every sanctioned to any artist in his career. As Channel wraps up his combined tour, and gears up for his first solo headlining tour this December in Oakland,  we met with the emerging artist in Highland Park to discuss his music, tour life, and more. 

Curious what tunes Channel throws on in his free time – listen here:

Before we start, you released ‘Black Moses’ at the end of August, how has it been for you to see the response from both your fans and those around you in music? How has it been performing it live?

Since releasing it, my platform has gotten bigger. I’ve gotten attention from people I look up to and admire for years in this industry. It’s amazing having people give me good feedback. My family loves it. It’s been all good. Performing it live has been so much fun. I love performing live, I get to just blank out and express myself through the set. 

Okay, so who is on tour with you? Who is your whole team?

Tour is me, my dancers and my tour manager. 

Can you describe what a typical day on tour looks like for you?

Show day, I usually wake up and stretch. I try to drink a lot of water or tea. Always try to stay positive and I have to eat Pho. 

What are your go-to essentials in your suitcase/carry-on?

I love comfortable socks and some light shoes. Shoes that don’t have a lot of weight. Other essentials are a fanny pack or satchel. And I always need something on my head, either a beanie or a bucket hat. 

Talk to me about this tour with Toro y Moi? What have been some of the highlights for you? Have you learned anything from him?

Being on tour with him has been a dream come true. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to and he helped me be more comfortable with myself as an artist. 

Do you prefer playing festivals or shows?

They live in the same space. With festival vibes, it’s way more people and they feel a bit further versus a venue when they feel closer. I love them both equally.

When was the last time you got nervous on stage?

Not on stage, I get a bit nervous prior but not in a bad way. It’s more of an anxious feeling. 

Are there any rituals or anything before going on stage?

Drink tea. Light some palo santo. Pray. 30 push-ups. Room temperature water. And then we on. 

Do you have a favorite city or a favorite venue that you are excited to perform at on your upcoming tour?

I’m excited to go to Oakland, New York, and Milwaukee. I’ll be in Milwaukee on Halloween and I’m really excited because it’ll be my first time there. 

What are your first emotions leading into your first solo headlining tour?

We sold out a lot of the dates. It feels cool. I didn’t think no one would want to come see me. But this is an amazing feeling. 

What do you do in your downtime outside of music?

Music. I listen to a lot of music. I’ve also been sewing. I’ve been really into making clothes. 

Stay tuned to Milk for more from the road.

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