Underground Interview With Kange
Paris based Rapper and Producer, KANGE, draws inspiration from artists such as Twenty-One Pilots, Paramore and Drake. Her music is internationally influenced, a cool infusion of Pop Rap, Hip Hop and Cloud Rap.
She officially began releasing music in October 2018, her most notable tracks are ‘Come in My Direction’ which featured on BBC Music Introducing Devon & Cornwall and ‘Missin’ U Like Stupid’ with over300 views on YouTube. Whether 'Kange' is singing or rapping in French or in English, the songs she produces and writes, will make you stand up, dance and singalong. These will be your new party songs.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hip Hop would be the best musical genre to define me, although my sound is a big mix of different things.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My artist name was given to me by my flatmate Rhyana, back in 2018. I was finishing my first year of university when I decided to start. releasing music. All the names I came up with didn't sound right to me but luckily I had asked Rhyana and she sent me a message with a design that said 'Kange' and I felt an instant connection. It sounded strong and memorable so I stuck with that.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I listen to all kinds of music. I started out listening mainly to Classic Rock, Reggae, and Blues at that time I was into artists such as Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Then it evolved to Metal, Jazz and Pop Rock, I was inspired by bands like Beartooth, Paramore, Panic at the Disco and Twenty One Pilots. It was only when I got to Uni that I really discovered Hip Hop and Afrobeats which I discovered through artists like Drake and Childish Gambino.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am working on quite a bit at the minute. I have a new single dropping on the 22nd of January called 'They Want Me Dead'. I have a few collaborations in the works with some fellow undiscovered artists so I am looking forward to the rest of 2021.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My biggest goal is to leave a legacy. I want to own a business and expand my brand. And for that to happen I have to focus on a steady income and releasing music and content.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favourite track to perform live is an old track of mine I released in 2019 called 'Come In My Direction'. I just love the melodies and instrumentation on that track such a dreamy and laidback vibe.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The biggest challenge I have faced so far in my music career is making sure my sound quality was up to par with what you hear on the radio.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
My songwriting process usually starts with the creation of a beat and from there I build up the melody line. If I'm feeling frisky, I would start with the baseline, repeat a loop. After the creation of a strong base comes the fun part. I start to freestyle over the beat and play around with words, vocal melodies and lyrical meaning in order to create and arrange a finished track. I also like to have the lights on low and my led lights on blast for the right vibe.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has been a big help to my career as an artist, it is where I learn new techniques and information about marketing, performing, making beats and mixing, it has allowed me to network and connect with people outside of my local area. Although it can be quite draining at times, I don't think I would have been able to progress this quickly in my music without social media.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I'm really into Monsters by All Time Low at the moment. And I have artists like Lil Nas X, Kid Cudi, Polo G and Doja Cat in my playlist. I also have a few French and UK artists like Zola, Aitch, Terence and Stormzy.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
What did I do before music? Probably nothing. I started taking interest in it when I was around 8 or 9. Before that I wanted to be an inventor or car mechanic I think.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
My advice is to start small and build consistently. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt and keep putting yourself out there. I don't think there is any correct path to succeed in music but as long as you keep releasing and making connections with different people you will get where you want. The key is consistency and showing up on people's radar constantly.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would ditch the whole label system and come up with a mutually beneficial way for everyone to profit off of what they make and the work they do.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality, for me, is something that is genuine, something you cannot recreate or steal no matter how hard you try.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I have been playing guitar for 10 years now and I am still not very good at but my new single 'They Want Me Dead' is dropping on the 22nd of January so you can go check out what I am actually good at.