The creative process is one that intrigues Channel Tres.
“I’m always creating and making sure the family is good,” he says. “Creating and writing is constantly in my head. When it works well, it’s an unstoppable force.
Channel Tres, born Sheldon Young, is known for his rap music, as well as his role as a record producer.
He has released four EPs to date, the latest being “refresh”, released in March.
Channel Tres is bringing its final tour to Albuquerque for a show at Electric Playhouse on Wednesday, September 28.
This will be his second performance in New Mexico. He recently released the single “No Limit” on Friday, September 23.
“I last played Meow Wolf with Thundercat,” he says. “This show will be completely unlike anything I’ve done before.”
When it comes to music, he constantly thinks about it.
“I write a bunch of demos and sometimes I have an idea after 20 minutes,” he says. “Then I have to piece it together conceptually.”
Channel Tres also likes to pace her working day.
“I try to write in the morning,” he says. “Then it’s about 2-10 p.m. in the studio. I have to go to bed at a certain time.
Growing up in South Los Angeles between Compton and Lynwood, California, he was raised by his great-grandparents.
This is where he begins to be influenced by the music of James Brown, Miles Davis and Prince.
As he got older, he continued to find influence in contemporaries such as Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Andre 3000.
“There’s a lot of rhythm and blues and jazz,” he says. “I always wanted to be a musician when I was little. When I turned 20, it felt like I had to do it now.
At 31, Channel Tres continues to chart its own path in music.
“I think time management is important to me,” he says. “Having a schedule allows me to move forward. I can’t lose myself too much, otherwise I lose my concentration.
In 2020, Channel Tres released their EP, “I Can’t Get Out”, which became a hit on streaming platforms.
With the body of work, he was able to collaborate with Tyler, the creator and Tinashe.
“It all comes together organically,” he says of his musical process. “I meet other artists through friends or management, and often we get along and collaborate. Some people are so cool to work with.
As for their upcoming show, Channel Tres has a number of songs to choose from for their set list.
“I choose the songs that I love and there are a number that are close to my heart because I’ve performed them over the years,” he says. “Each song has its own personality and its own story.”
With Rochelle Jordan
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28
WHERE: Electric Playhouse, 5201 Ouray Road NW
HOW MANY: $19.99 advance, $25 door at electricplayhouse.com