Interview with Danielle “Sug” Johnson, Wilmington, Delaware

Danielle “Sug” Johnson is a singer and bandleader based in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the frontwoman of the Wilmington based funk-soul-blues band Hoochi Coochi. With Hoochi Coochi, Johnson has performed locally at venues ranging from the Gild Hall show, The Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach, and the Delaware Music Festival. Beyond Delaware, the band has toured in venues and festivals across the Mid-Atlantic Region. Hoochi Coochi has also produced music videos which have received critical acclaim, including the song “Walkin,’” which features Wilmington Black-owned businesses, and addresses the Black Lives Matter Movement in relation to legacies of Black liberation struggles. Johnson is also a published writer, photographer, and guitar player.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/15/2020.

Interview with Jea Street, Jr., Wilmington, Delaware

Jea Street, Jr. is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Jea has sung professional operatic and Broadway roles, produced a hip-hop album, and recorded several of his own projects. He was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Art Museum to co-write a work that told the story of the 1968 occupation of Wilmington, Delaware after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Jea has completed a recording project entitled “The Sit Down,” which tours as a production of Artivism brought to life in the form of a musical experience, and he performed the inaugural set of Firefly CHATs in 2019 on the topic of Artivism. Jea created Ronapalooza, one of the first online music festivals “by artists and for artists,” at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to continue creating music and engaging with fans.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/14/2020.