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Nico Segal

Aug 10, Saturday - 10pm
SJZ Break Room Stage

Nico Segal is a trumpeter and producer from Chicago who has collaborated with a long list of diverse talents, most notably hip-hop superstar Chance the Rapper. In 2013, Segal (under a previous stage name, Donnie Trumpet) and Chance teamed up in the highly regarded band Social Experiment.

Prior to that, Segal first came into prominence as a member of the Chicago hip-hop band Kids These Days, along with rapper Vic Mensa. While working with that group, Segal began releasing his own EPs and mixtapes, but it was his alliance with Chance during that period with Chance that truly brought him into the spotlight: In 2015, Segal produced Social Experiment’s debut album, Surf, which was downloaded more than 600,000 times in its first week online. Segal also worked with the JuJu Exchange, with whom he will also perform at the festival.

Segal continued to apply his creative instincts to other situations over the next decade. He appeared on rocker Neil Young’s 2016 live album Earth, and toured with R&B singer Frank Ocean. Segal has appeared three times on Saturday Night Live, and played at the 2016 National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Obama White House. He continued to work with Chance the Rapper as a co-producer of the latter’s Grammy-winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book.

Segal’s latest solo project is 2023’s Tell the Ghost Welcome Home, which he describes as “an unwavering letter to and from the self…a poignant collection of music [that] paints a range of emotions and stands out as both a new beginning and a remarkable crescendo.” Atmospheric and trippy, the music straddles the worlds of hip-hop, classic soul and mellow CTI-era jazz. Segal’s website says that it “pushes forth and weaves through an incredibly eclectic range of tones and moods…:”

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Prior to that, Segal first came into prominence as a member of the Chicago hip-hop band Kids These Days, along with rapper Vic Mensa. While working with that group, Segal began releasing his own EPs and mixtapes, but it was his alliance with Chance during that period with Chance that truly brought him into the spotlight: In 2015, Segal produced Social Experiment’s debut album, Surf, which was downloaded more than 600,000 times in its first week online. Segal also worked with the JuJu Exchange, with whom he will also perform at the festival.

Segal continued to apply his creative instincts to other situations over the next decade. He appeared on rocker Neil Young’s 2016 live album Earth, and toured with R&B singer Frank Ocean. Segal has appeared three times on Saturday Night Live, and played at the 2016 National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Obama White House. He continued to work with Chance the Rapper as a co-producer of the latter’s Grammy-winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book.

Segal’s latest solo project is 2023’s Tell the Ghost Welcome Home, which he describes as “an unwavering letter to and from the self…a poignant collection of music [that] paints a range of emotions and stands out as both a new beginning and a remarkable crescendo.” Atmospheric and trippy, the music straddles the worlds of hip-hop, classic soul and mellow CTI-era jazz. Segal’s website says that it “pushes forth and weaves through an incredibly eclectic range of tones and moods…:”

nicosegal.com
Instagram
Youtube


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Photo by Jansen Bridge