Exclusive Interview: Sangarang
1. Give us a little background on who you are & where you're from.
Hey there I'm Billy aka Sangarang and I'm originally from Dallas, TX!
2. When did you start making music and was there anything that influenced you in to get started?
I started making music for fun around October 2016 while I was still working my corporate job and living at my parent's house. It took me almost a year of watching Youtube videos before I released my first bootleg remix in June 2017. The remix, no longer available on Soundcloud cause it got taken down, picked up 3k plays in the first 3 days and really shocked me. The thought that people would actually want to hear something I created never crossed my mind until then. What really influenced me though was when I looked years into my future, and imagined what I would want to be doing the rest of my life; and I realized corporate job was no longer in the picture.
3. How have your influences changed from your start to your current position in the industry?
My influences have stayed relatively the same, but I'm now appreciating artists, who are experimental with their sound yet able to capture the popular culture, more. I'd say my list ranges from artists like Whethan, Madeon, and Chris Lake, to artists like Quinn XCII, Zoology, and Maggie Rogers.
4. On to your music, was there any inspiration that sparked the album? Can you give us a little insight on your creative process behind How Did We Get Here?
I had released a few singles and a bunch of unofficial remixes but I knew I wanted to start on a full body of work. This album was really a way to make a statement to the world that I've fully committed to being an artist and there's no turning back now. And it's funny that you say creative process haha - I don't know if I'm really that creative. I remember saying to myself "Ok the album is going to be released sometime late August, it's July 9th, and I have two songs completed. What the hell am I going to do?" Those last 6 weeks really put a toll on my mind and body as I was running on 4-5 hours of sleep most days and balancing work/school. But I have to say, it was seeing that finish line that helped me stick through it all the way.
5. A lot goes into making an album can you talk a bit about how the experience went and fill us in on anything you're currently working on?
I have a few projects I'm working on and I'm excited to tell you that I have a single coming up December 7th with my man KRIMETZ. We're actually going to be releasing a four track EP together the following January, and it's my best work yet. Still not sure what to call the EP but we'll figure it out soon.
6. What are you plans following the successful release of your album, can we expect any live performances coming up?
Right now, I'm focusing on honing my sound with a few more releases and learning as much as I can at Icon Collective. Once I graduate in Summer 2019 though, I definitely plan performing live!