Instrumental Insight • oddCouple

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It only takes one to be Chicago's oddCouple these days. The producer and Closed Sessions signee has been an integral component in the indie label's early success. During his time behind the boards he's produced for the likes Chance The Rapper, King Louie, Saba, Alex Wiley and many others that make up a who's who list of Chicago rap.

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Originally hailing for Milwaukee, Zach Henderson moved to Chicago to attend college in 2007. While at DePaul he paired up with Tony Roche to form a production duo. With Roche just a touch over 5 feet tall and Henderson looking like he could be in the league, the name oddCouple would come to form naturally. During that time, the duo worked heavily with acts like XV, Sasha Go Hard and a collection of artists that made up the since pivoted Bombay Knox imprint including Kelechi, Hassani Kwess & Uno Hype. Their work at that time was best encapsulated in an EP titled Separated at Birth, which housed features from Chance, Freeway and Smoke DZA among others. When the duo spilt, Henderson contemplated a new moniker, but ultimately decided to continue on with the name that he had grown to love. After spending a year growing both as a person and a producer, Zach would eventually team up with Closed Sessions to embark on the next chapter of his career.

Following a slew of collaborative releases and instrumental projects, oddCouple released his first proper album via Closed Sessions in the form of Chatterboxa compilation featuring exclusive production from oddCouple and vocals from some of our very favorite new acts. With highlights like "Glass Up" featuring Allan Kingdom and "Me Time" with Kweku Collins, The O'My's and Jack Red, Chatterbox took oddCouple from the shadowy corners of the recording studio to most recently being front and center in the Chicago Tribune

Before being a face of growth in the Chicago music industry, most were questioning if oddCouple was in fact a couple or not. I being one of those people actually met Henderson a handful of times before realizing he was the one responsible for producing some of my favorite records. There's no mistaking oddCouple now, as he's well on his way to being a leading name (and face) in the music production world.