Add-2 has always been one of the more popular independent music artists coming out of Chicago, and though his last full length project, Prey for the Poor, was released almost 2 years ago, some would argue that ‘Two’ is closer to music now than he’s ever been before. Since opening Haven Studio a year go, Add-2 and his collective of creative volunteers have helped teenagers and young adults master producing, recording and engineering their own music, while also teaching valuable life lessons on relationship building and problem solving. With the main focus being to allow the artists to be themselves and make the music they want to make, Add has been able to cultivate a trusting, responsible environment where “everyone holds everyone accountable.”
Fresh off an inspiring Tedx Talk, Add-2, was the feature artist for creative sneaker shop, Bucketfeet‘s Artist’s Talk: Create A Better World Series last month, where he spoke about his inspiration to start Haven Studio, and his future as a recording artist. He also unveiled some pretty interesting info involving the Grammys. Check out what he had to say below, and while it’s a little unsure if we’ll ever get another Add-2 album or single, one thing that’s undeniable is how necessary the work he’s doing right now with Haven Studio is in a city where artistic opportunities for youth are few and far between. With that alone, his presence in music will always remain and continue to grow with every young artist that comes through those Haven doors.
To volunteer or donate to Haven Studio, contact Gogohavenstudio@gmail.com.