Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Ang Low defies easy categorisation, with the exception of one, effortless talent. With a golden voice, his is a story of constant discovery and change. From military brat and choir boy to petty thug and rejuvenated all-soul icon du jour, Ang Low has seen it all and bought the outrageous t-shirt.
See our exclusive interview with him below
What are some of your earliest memories of music?
I always have had music present. From hearing my mom sing at church or trying to create a rock band at 12. I was always interested in how music gave you feelings.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
My songwriting process is always different. It could start from a nagging melody in my head.. a few chords on the piano.. or just a lyric I’m trying to find the right mood for. I do like to always get other producers to help me arrange after the template is laid down so I can primarily focus on songwriting and recording.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
Great question. Both have areas I’m addicted to. Studio work gets me lit because it’s like you’re lost trying to find your way out and the song is the exit. You’re always searching for a vibe or lyric or melody… it’s intoxicating like a drug or as a puzzle. Performing tho is like good familiar sex. I already put the work in to make the song… it’s practised and tuned. The only thing I’ve got to do is come lay down with it and marinate in it.
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
I got a response on a video the other day from this young girl saying that one of my songs had really helped through some tough situations in the past. She wrote she had been a longtime fan and always used my song to get over stuff. I’ve never thought about my work helping people like that. I mean it’s just a song I thought. But it’s so much more for others sometimes. It’s a great feeling to know that I am part of something artistic that’s bigger than me.
If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?
pop, r&b and jazz all zzay
Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show
Well first of all… I’d have myself as the first guest lol cause I’m dope… Ang Low (UP), then maybe… Frank ocean (orange), Jazmine Sullivan (lions tigers and bears, Robyn (Konichiwa) and Adele (19).
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
My goal with my music is to consistently connect with the everyday person. Being an artist means I’ve chosen to sacrifice my regular life for art and eventually I hope to get a little time back. Success means better connections with family and friends and most of all understanding myself better.
One last thought to leave your fans with?
It’s ok to fall down… you always get back UP.
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