Artist Spotlight: Shango
‘The minute I started I knew I’d found my thing, I know where I can take this.’
Hey Shango, how are you? Tell us a little about yourself, what you do and where you're based.
I’m an artist and producer from Stockport, which is in Manchester. I started out as a producer and stayed away from rapping or singing because I didn’t want to be in limelight.
The better I got and the more confident I got, the more I’d experiment with singing. Now it feels like the norm.
How best would you describe the music you make?
Something new. That’s the only way I can describe it at the moment. It’s hard to describe because I’m just making what I think music should sound like, it’s exciting knowing this is new to some people.
How long have you been creating music and what inspires you to keep pursuing it?
About 9 years or so. I just love doing it, nothing gives me the same buzz. The minute I started I knew I’d found my thing, I know where I can take this.
We recently spoke to Jack Gibson of Class By Nature, a collective you've worked closely with. How did you find the experience and what was the biggest take away from those projects?
It’s always great working with CBN, we’re all on the same wave length so it’s really easy. I can see us working together for a long time.
Biggest takeaway from the projects is just let everything flow, it always works out if the intentions right, and it always is, we just wanna make cool shit.
Following on from that, what has been your favourite experience on your music journey so far?
That’s a great question. I honestly haven’t got one yet, I don’t think I’ve got started yet so we should do this interview again in a year and I’m sure I’ll have a list full!
You've been getting a lot of attention recently, being interviewed by some awesome magazines etc. Continuing on this wave of positivity, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Global. A few brits and a few grammys under my belt, still trying to make new and exciting moments for people to enjoy.
Do you believe different cultures and art forms have an influence on your music?
Yeah it’s constant, everything that I hear or watch effects my music, no matter how small it is. Movies are a massive influence on my music.
What is one piece of advice would you give to artists/producers that want to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t listen to anyone unless they’re in the position you want to be in, and even then take it with a pinch of salt.
You've recently released two incredible singles, 'Innocent' and 'Sleeping On My Own.' What can we expect from you in the near future and where can those who are yet to discover you find your work?
I’m gonna release an EP towards the end of October, I’ve been working on this for a while now and found the perfect blend of songs. I love making projects, and you’ll be able to hear that in this.
You can find me on all streaming services under Shango SK, the same on instagram and all social media platforms.
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