KCRW’s Private Playlist: Channel Tres

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Compton native Channel Tres (Sheldon Young) may be in the midst of a stratospheric rise, with a string of acclaimed singles culminating in an endorsement by none other than Elton John. But his newfound acclaim has been long in the making: he played drums in the church band and deepened his musical education in college, returning to LA to write and produce for artists including Wale, DUCKWRTH, and August 08. Like all musicians in 2020, Tres has been working away in solitude under quarantine, but on his new mixtape, “i can’t go outside,” he leans even further into the concept than most.