Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty

ZenSoFly, Charles DaBeast

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

Club charmer and image guru, ZenSoFly, is a thunderous performer of
playfully buoyant music. At times she's a soothing lead singer and at times
a cold-blooded MC, ZenSoFly worked as a DJ, producer and engineer before
she decided to hit center stage. Combining elements of house, trap, and
electronic music, ZenSoFly makes music for all people to dance to and feel.
Charles DaBeast
Charles DaBeast
Charles Singletary (born December 7, 1996), better known by his stage name Charles DaBeast, is an American artist born in Long Island, New York and raised in Durham, NC. Charles has transitioned from many styles and witnessed countless peers reach the lime light: Stro, Lil Chuckee, Bishop Nehru, Joey Bada$$, King Mez, ect. Charles' love for music is what sets him apart from a lot of other emcees his age. He aims to tell his story and explore different sounds. Charles' style is often compared to: KYLE, Skizzy Mars, and Machine Gun Kelly. During his young career, Charles has released four mixtapes, as well as finishing up his debut LP "Patience", releasing sometime late summer. Charles has done some performing in local venues in North Carolina.
Early Life: Charles Singletary was born in a small Long Island community known as Wheatley Heights. At the age of eight, he began playing the guitar and listening to a range of artists from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix. In elementary school, he had already began writing his own songs and practicing with his band. At the young age of 11, Charles began playing the trumpet and truly became interested in hip-hop music. Early on, Charles would listen to a lot of rock. When he transitioned from rock to hip-hop, he began to listen to artists such as Gym Class Heroes and Flobots, who are a mix between the two genres.
“Those artists prided themselves on writing stories,” said Charles. “From there on, I wanted to make sure anything I created was from a first person so people could relate to my music.”
In high school Charles began freestyle battling against guys much older then him usually. In 2011, he saved up money and bought a condenser mic. He formed a collective called "Only Dopeness" and began recording music. That desire to build a community with music is not new for the artist. Charles is a member of Only Dopeness, a hip-hop collective he helped start two years ago in Durham. The group has since evolved into a support system for youth interested in and pursuing music. While some members have moved away from Durham, Only Dopeness is still a very important part of Charles’ life.
“It a team that is big with camaraderie and just helping each other make better music,” said Charles..
At first it was 9th Wonder, NO I.D. instrumentals, usually mimicking his favorite emcee J. Cole. Charles is often accredited for his love of samples and range of different sounds he can execute. Usually crediting Just Blaze as his favorite producer, "Just Blaze's ability to sample rock records is something I strive to find." Charles claims that the first time he saw Jay-Z perform live in concert he realized that Hip-Hop could be something he wanted to explore. "Seeing the power Jay had was amazing, he'd say through up the roc and they would!"
Charles DaBeast released his first album, Patience, in 2015. The production is largely sample-based and the verses are methodically written out. We get more verse than hook. But that was in high school. Since then, he has been recruited to play soccer at the collegiate level, torn his ACL, transferred, recovered, and is now in talks with a handful of Division 1 schools. But in the time between tearing his ACL and getting re-scouted, he made a second album, 3AM In Banner Elk.
The sophomore project "3AM in Banner Elk" shows a development in his sound. Rather than spitting writtens, he mostly listened to music, allowed it to influence him, and then freestyled lines which he would later refine with an engineer. Beat wise, he divorced himself from samples employing instead completely original production.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516