Sonder Spotlight with Nicholas Craven

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Meet up with Canadian Hip-Hop Producer Nicholas Craven at Sonder Battery Park in New York City.

Sonder Battery Park in New York City.

Share something that inspired you during your recent Sonder stay?

Nicholas Craven: We had beautiful weather during our stay and to have a view looking out upon Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Financial District, while I was making beats, definitely stimulated my creativity.

Something you learned while traveling?

Nicholas Craven: To triple-check my equipment list before leaving because I always forget one piece of audio gear or another. This time it was a microphone pop filter, I had to improvise on my first night with a clothes hanger and a stocking but I managed to purchase a real one during my stay.

Recommend a fave arts / creative hub during your recent stay in NYC?

Nicholas Craven: We had a show at SOB‘s (Sounds Of Brazil) in SoHo which is a legendary New York City venue that I’ve known about for years. A huge crowd showed up and we met tons of great people who showed their love and support for our music. We also got a chance to go to The Comedy Cellar on Monday night and saw multiple terrific stand-up comedians. There’s nothing like good unadulterated NYC style improv.

Share how you like to discover and explore new cities?

Nicholas Craven: My usual way to discover new cities and their neighborhoods is by visiting as many vinyl record stores as possible. I specialize in sample-based music so collecting various records from around the world is not only part of my creative process, but it exposes me to other cultures and I can find new places to visit or restaurants to try on my way to these stores.

Sonder Sounds in New York City feat. Nicholas Craven

Nicholas Craven made a powerful playlist inspired by his stay at Sonder Battery Park.

About Nicholas Craven:

Canadian Hip-Hop producer from Montreal, Quebec, Nicholas has worked with Roc Marciano, Mach-Hommy, Styles P, Tha God Fahim, Eto, Sheek Louch, Planet Asia, Ransom, Navy Blue, Armand Hammer, Jimmie D, Dark Lo, Rigz, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Benny The Butcher, Sha Hef, Keisha Plum, Kungg Fuu and more. He has released 2 solo projects as well as multiple collaborative efforts with Jimmie D, Eto, Tha God Fahim and a 5 full project series with Ransom in 2020 entitled the “Directors Cut” series.

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