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Artists from all over the country, from Garth Brooks to Juanes, are continuing to perform live without leaving their homes. It’s become a necessity as venues have shut down in the wake of the coronavirus.
Local artists, many of whom have lost most if not all of their income, have been hit particularly hard. Livestreaming has become more important than ever. And we’re here to showcase some of the best.
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Rapper Switch Martinez joins us at 11 a.m. Friday to perform original music over at the Preview from the Houston Chronicle Facebook page.
Martinez released his EP “Sanctuary” in February. He was inspired to create his first “clean” hip-hop album by his two children and “so other people with kids like me who love good, lyrical, conscientious hip-hop can listen in the car without rotting a child’s brain.”
If you like the Preview from the Houston Chronicle page now, you’ll get a notification for our next Chron concert.
From: I am from the northside of Houston, grew up in the Aldine Mail Route area and spent my high school years in southwest Houston attending Lamar High School.
Years active: Ten
Latest project: “Sanctuary” is available on all streaming platforms.
Why we should pay attention to you: I always hear how there is a lack of positive rap with substance. I am an artist who makes positive hip-hop with substance. I do it all in the confines of my home studio. I produce my own tracks, with the exception of homies that send me bangers from time to time. I don’t feel there is a lack of conscious rap; it’s just not being promoted the right way.
Why it’s important for people to support local music right now: We can spam our friends all day but we cant make them listen. That’s a choice they need to make. Buy your homie’s shirts, hats and albums. We also need the support of our fellow entrepreneurs. This virus is affecting all of us. I am also a videographer. Weddings are being postponed or canceled, and artists are afraid to spend the little money they have for visuals. I do not blame them, and I can only imagine things will get crazier by the day. But I have faith this will come to an end in a few months. We all need to stick together and keep active by any means necessary.
Joey Guerra is the music critic for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter. Get experts’ picks for concerts, kids’ stuff, fine arts, movies and more by subscribing to the Preview entertainment newsletter.