August 18-24, 2021
Sol came into the game and stayed the same; just a low-key Haitian-American kid, true to his name while avoiding the thirst trappings of fame even in the moments of critical acclaim. In the beginning there were some EPs that made the rounds, and when he had put in his 10,000 hours, it happened. He became No. 1 on the US iTunes hip-hop chart and No. 4 globally with the masterwork ‘Yours Truly’. His SoundCloud streams shot to eight figures, then poof… he dipped and left the industry executives going straight to voicemail. He had been awarded the University of Washington’s Bonderman Fellowship and in 2012 toured the far reaches of civilization with nothing but a carry-on bag. East Africa, India, South America, back home to Haiti; his field notes became the 2013 project Eyes Open and he followed that with another four-course musical meal: The Headspace Traveler, in 2016 which included a headlining 22-city U.S. tour. Before you could refresh your browser he was back in the Caribbean watching global football on satellite TVs. In 2019, he gave us his latest offering, the full length album Soon Enough which he followed up with his first ever European tour. Sol spent 2020 locked down diving deeper into his musicality, now producing for himself and others. During these hard times he has dedicated performances to fundraising for DIY music venues as well as leading the organizing of the REFILL Livestream Music Festival that was presented by KEXP and raised upwards of $25,000 for BIPOC artists in Sol’s native Seattle.
Image captured Doe Bay Fest 2018 by Maxwell Balmain. Learn more about Sol