Stockport's Shango SK speaks on his latest visuals for 'The Rush', the release of his first single 'Innocent' and which artists from Manchester's thriving music scene you should be listening to.
What was the inspiration for your debut single ‘Innocent’?
It was just some thoughts and realisations that I had about an old relationship I decided to write down. I thought I was the bad guy for a while but both parties were guilty, when I look back.
How was creating the video for the track and who did you work with in producing it?
I loved making this vid, especially when we shot the scenes with the dogs. We had a sick location and made the most of it, my boys Chris and Jack (Class By Nature) bring it every time so it never feels like work, we just have fun.
"I feel like I’ve got my sound for this phase in my life, where as then, I was still tryna figure out ... what I wanted to say."
How has your sound grown or changed from your earlier SoundCloud releases?
A hell of a lot. I feel like I’ve got my sound for this phase in my life, where as then, I was still tryna figure out what I wanted to be and what I wanted to say.
What was the process of creating your ‘Sad Boy Hours’ EP and what were you aiming to
capture sonically on that project?
That came together really quickly, I was just running with what I was drawn to at the time which was acoustic shit. I loved how raw everything I was listening to sounded, so I picked up my guitar and just played whatever came to me.
What was the inspiration for your track ‘Shot’?
I was just thinking about balling and living life on a big scale, not worrying about anything for the evening and having fun. I’m describing a situation with a woman I’m involved with just letting her know the nights on me just enjoy yourself, enjoy life.
"...you have to be picky with which tracks you choose to shoot though, some should just be left to the imagination..."
How was creating the visuals and how important are visuals to your music?
It was mad cold that day so not as fun as the 'Innocent' shoot, lol.
Visuals are massive, you have to be picky with which tracks you choose to shoot though, some should just be left to the imagination, same with the meaning behind the track, let people create their own story for it.
As a Manchester based artist, are there any local musicians you would recommend?
What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up my mixtape right now, I’m tryna whittle it down to eight tracks but there’s a lot to choose from. It’ll be the perfect amount when it drops.
How would you describe your sound to anyone who is yet to listen?
A blend of your favourite genres mixed into one.
"I remember studying 40’s production every chance I got, and just tryna figure out how he made things sound the way they did."
How important do you find blurring the lines of genres to create an authentic sound?
It’s definitely important, I don’t really see the point in doing this unless it’s authentic. I love finding new music and new vibes I haven’t heard before. I think the more music you take in the better you are at expressing your own shit.
Which artists inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
I think it was Drake. When I heard 'So Far Gone' I lost my mind. I remember studying 40’s production every chance I got, and just tryna figure out how he made things sound the way they did. The more I think about it was the both of them.
If you had to recommend five artists for your listeners, who would they be?
What's coming up for the rest of 2020?
Nothing but big situations.