Fayetteville native J. Cole brought the 8,000-person audience in Carmichael Auditorium to its feet as he headlined UNC’s 2012 Homecoming Concert Sunday night. Director of Enterprise Sarah Glen caught up with Cole after the show to talk about what it was like for him to be back in the Tar Heel state and what fans can expect from his next album.
Daily Tar Heel: What was it like coming back to perform in North Carolina, especially here at UNC?
J. Cole: Being here was incredible. Like I said during the show, I always wanted to come here when I was growing up, so getting to perform here was really coming full circle. I’m a huge fan, and the crowd was great. I just want to give a shout out to every Tar Heel that came out.
DTH: You mentioned the speakers blocking your view during the show. How was the venue?
JC: Over the last few years, I’ve really learned how to adjust. The speakers were blocking part of the crowd’s view, but you just gotta roll with the punches. You learn how to fight through it. Overall though, the sound was really great. You’ve just got to learn when to show extra love to the fans.