Interview – Res pt I
2001– 1st semester junior year of college I was doing a domestic exchange at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The Roots did a show at The Electric Factory in Philly. Outside the venue they were handing out CD samplers. One was a sampler for Q-tip’s then unreleased Kamaal the Abstract, and another was a sampler for a young woman named Res for her album How I Do. I put Res’ CD in my player and walked around campus listening to it. I had never heard anything like it. I’d never heard a voice like hers. It was like Tracy Chapman, Me’shelle Ndegeocello, and Alanis Morissette. But she wasn’t copying them. She was still herself, and sincere. When I heard her, I said to myself: “This girl’s got it.”
2010– Res came to LA for a Haiti benefit performance and I was introduced to her by the fabulous emoniFela. We all hung out and partied here and there. Low and behold Res was staying right around the corner from me so I gave her a ride home. On the way we talked about her life, growing up in Philly, a whole slew of things.
Before she got out the car, I said “Hey, I have this website where I interview artists and I’d really love to interview you.”
She said “Ok!”
And the rest is history.
How she fell in love with music