In light of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory this week, musician/producer Donnie Trumpet has made a big career change.
On Friday, the 23-year-old Chicago native, born Nico Segal, announced he has ditched his stage name—which was inspired by Trump—to avoid any association with the president-elect. He wrote: “What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore. I don't want to be connected to Trump's hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don't want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump's beliefs are not mine. From this point on, call me Nico.”
Nico adopted the Donnie Trumpet moniker several years ago, and has used it in various solo and group projects. In addition to being a member of the Chicago hip-hop collective SAVEMONEY, he is also part of The Social Experiment band with Nate Fox, Greg Landfair Jr., Peter Cottontale, and the politically outspoken Chance the Rapper.
Soon after Nico shared the news, Chance congratulated his bandmate and longtime collaborator on Twitter.