All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington that features 100 artists in 10 different venues across two days. Our Spokane team will be on the ground May 31 and June 1. Until then? We are listening to as many artists as we can, previewing those who turn our ears. 

Pro Tip: Check out the official Volume Spotify playlist for a taste of every band.

T.S The Solution @ Washington Cracker Building on June 1

T.S The Solution makes it look easy. And that’s not just a pun on his 2017 single, “Too Easy.” T.S The Solution, also known as Devonte Pearson, has that flawless style of thoughtful hip hop that’s envious to anyone with ears. Of course, anything that sounds flawless is the result of hard work and dedication, and Pearson has been putting in the work for years. His set at Volume is certainly can’t miss, so don’t even think about skipping it. Get there early and take notes.

Behind the Setlist recently chatted with Pearson over email. This conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

The track “G.O.” has such interesting pacing. Any insight into what inspired it?

“G.O.” is a contradicting record. When you think of GO you think of speed where as the beat is pretty down tempo. I wanted the two concepts to balance each other out to represent GO, but at a steady pace. It’s a marathon not a sprint.

I really dug your collaboration with Water Monster. What was that experience like?

Water Monster is one of my favorite local artists and one of the most talented persons I’ve ever had the chance to work with. The process was easy. He made it easy. I recorded my verse and sent it his way. He liked it and then we shot a video for it. I love performing the record live. Water Monster is amazing.

What’s your favorite song to play live right now? Why?

I recently been performing a song dedicated to my son called “Welcome Home.” That one is a really emotional record and a lot of people can relate to it, especially the dads.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

A great setlist involves crowd participation and emotions for me. I ask myself questions with the crowd’s experience in mind. How can I loosen the crowd up? Can I make somebody cry? Can I change a life with this set? Plenty more questions but I think the two elements of crowd participation and extracting emotions make a great setlist.

If a Spokanite stumbles across T.S. The Solution at Volume, what kind of show will they see? 

They will see a smooth, energetic, emotional show. I’m chill for the most part, so it’s all about the vibes.

Who are you excited to see at Volume?

Water Monster, Cate, MistaDC, Parisalexa, Marshall Law Band, Topp, Vanna Oh, Jango, SUS, Super Sparkle, so many more but these jump out to me.

Any plans for a new EP or LP? 

Yes. Actually working on three different projects currently with three different producers. We are hoping to begin releasing in June.

See T.S The Solution at Washington Cracker Building at 8:30pm on June 1. Volume tickets on sale now. Read all our Volume 2019 coverage.