Sango @ Velvet Underground
On February 16th, Sango’s ITCO (In The Comfort Of) tour made a much anticipated and sold out stop at Velvet Underground. He brought along with him one of my personal fav beat makers and Soulection label mate, Monte Booker, and received local support from NUDE’s Shagabond. Needless to say, it was a hell of a time.
Since I blog now and don’t need to jam up your IG feed with my extra long captions anymore, I’ll give you a little background here on how important Sango has been to me because that’s what this blogging thing is all about, right? For rambling? I’m good at rambling.
Prior to just over 3 years ago, I limited myself to listening to strictly hip hop and R&B genres. My brother, who was older (and still is) and therefore cooler (also, still is) introduced me to it at a young age and had so much knowledge on the subject I wanted to be on that level – or at least only slightly below it as I wasn’t ready to give up listening to Ja Rule and Ashanti collabs yet (still not). His knowledge on not only the emcees but the producers was baffling to me. How could someone retain SO MUCH information? So, I focused my time pretty well solely on the lyricists because that’s what I was familiar with.
Then, I moved to Toronto, and I heard about this guy named Kaytranada who was on tour opening for Disclosure at the time. And THEN, I listened to his “If” remix, and it was game over. This brought me to his show a couple of weeks later with Sango, back in January 2014 at the Hoxton (RIP). It’s a show I’ll never forget, it changed how I’ve listened to music ever since. Albums I’d played to death I went back and replayed with a different mindset and some intense googling, and it was like I was hearing them again for this first time. I realize how overdramatic this sounds but it’s true and it ruled.
Fast forward 3 years, I not only get the chance to shoot Sango headlining a sold out show but also the opportunity for a quick portrait shoot. Life’s a trip.