By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Special Contributor
Chi Ilochi is a 19 year old singer/songwriter, journalist, poet, fashion designer, and personal stylist from Pittsburgh, PA. Born in Nigeria, she runs three design and styling businesses. If that wasn’t enough, she has been making music since she was 7 years old and is currently promoting her latest single, “Truth Be Told” which is available on Spotify. I want to thank Chi for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
The first album I ever bought as crazy as it sounds was To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. Growing up, I never searched to buy albums because they were always available thanks to my siblings and parents. As an adult, I knew after I heard I had to buy TPAB. It’s an absolute masterpiece.
Your last album bought?
The last album I bought was Chasing Summer by SiR.
Favorite album of all time?
Without hesitation I have to say Baduizm by Erykah Badu. She inspires everything I do, and that album got me through so much and still does. A timeless body of art. “On & On,” “Next Lifetime,” “Otherside Of The Game.” Amazing.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
I hate to say because I love LOVE this artist, but I’d have to say Apollo XXI by Steve Lacy. Now don’t get me wrong, Steve is an amazing artist. I am inspired by his work, and style. His artistry is like nothing I’ve seen before, but I didn’t understand the approach he was going for, or at least the message he was trying to convey. In layman’s terms I was a bit confused listening to this album, there were a few good tracks in my opinion, but I still feel it could’ve been better.
First concert attended?
Lil Romeo in 2008.
The Top Dawg Entertainment Tour in 2018.
Favorite concert ever?
TDE Tour in 2018, ha. That concert was absolutely insane!
Least favorite concert?
I honestly don’t have one. Every concert I’ve been to I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Hopefully it stays that way for a while!
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I am loving the talent I’ve seen come out of this city as of late. It’s truly inspiring to witness, we need more of it. For the most part I am pleased with the music scene, although I must say we have to learn to support each other a bit more so it isn’t such a huge challenge for an artist to “make it out” if you will.
Hugh’s Final Thoughts
Thanks, Chi. It is amazing to me all the creative endeavors you are able to accomplish and it is not necessarily because of your age, although that is impressive. When I am introduced to young artists, I always imagine the wonderful future you are making for yourself and I get so excited as I look forward to witnessing your progression.
Hugh Twyman (AKA HughShows) has been documenting the Pittsburgh music scene since 2004. His website (www.hughshows.com) features a comprehensive Pittsburgh Concert Calendar, episodes of HughShowsTV, a newly launched public Pittsburgh music database, exclusive audio streams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series.