A basketball coach once told me: "Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes habits. Perfect practice makes perfect." I couldn't agree more. A reputation of a great live set can make or break an artist's career. Before we head off on tour, it is absolutely paramount that we sound as great as possible to create a nightly, relivable experience.
There aren't a plethora of venues for local performers nor rehearsal spaces. Ingeniously, artists have found clever ways to circumvent this issue. My keyboardist, Ralph, told me about a storage unit in DC that artists use to rehearse. Believe me, it sounded just as unbelievable to me as it does to you.
In devising ideas for non-traditional ways to promote this album and tour, I took a step outside of being an artist and asked myself "What would I, as a listener, be interested in?" The answer came to me in the form of an open rehearsal. I appreciate the process of art as much as I do the result. I thought it would be amazing to share this journey with an open audience.
Saint Stephen and The Incarnation Episcopal Church is headquarters of the Washington, DC based non-profit: Words, Beats & Life. For 15 years, WBL has worked within the community using the power of hip-hop music to educate the youth. They were the perfect partners to put on this event of a public, open rehearsal.
Perfection is the narrative that is currently pushed through social media. The real amount of work is often overlooked and marginalized. I wanted to give my best effort to show the aspiring artists in the community that faults and mistakes are real, necessary, and okay. I'm looking forward to getting it right over the course of this tour.