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ANGE is the Spanish-born singer-songwriter who is making waves on the Australian music scene with his honeyed voice and dark soul flavors.
After growing up listening to his father’s Motown records and singing in cover bands in Barcelona, ââANGE moved to Australia unaware that Sydney would become his long-term home and the start of his solo career.
âWhen I arrived in Sydney, I didn’t know much about the stage or the musicians. I missed playing very much, so I bought a loop pedal, learned to produce on my own and started writing my own songs, âshe said.
To date, his tracks have seamlessly mixed not only R&B, pop and Latin sounds, but also English and Spanish lyrics. Her brooding sound has already been compared to that of BANKS and Jorja Smith, which cements her as a person to watch.
Now ANGEL has released their latest single ‘Whatever U Tell Me’, an upbeat summer anthem that offers a taste of their upcoming EP, due out early next year.
To celebrate the release of âWhatever U Tell Me,â we chatted with ANGE as part of our popular Get To Know series.
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How did your artist name come about?
I share the same name with my mom and grandma which is pretty special. When I moved to Sydney people started to shorten it, calling me Angel and it became like a new identity and it stuck.
How would you describe your music to your grandmother?
I would say my music is soft and warm to help you feel invigorated, confident and ready to take on the world.
Tell us about some of your songs; their titles and what are they talking about?
I just released a new song called ‘Whatever U Tell Me’ which I wrote on lockdown last year. During this time, I was facing a lot of changes and heavy emotions. This song was a fun way to escape the gloom and dream of sensuality and romance.
âComing For Uâ was born out of a Newtown studio and is about engaging in something you love but are too afraid of. The song is a statement to stop having excuses and finally do what you always wanted to do. It is now.
‘Antidote’ is a touching song about unrequited love. It happened thanks to Soundcloud. I was looking for music and found this artist, Innusta, from New Zealand and loved his work. I contacted him to do a collaboration. The same night he sent me the beat that I sent back the song. The melodies and lyrics came out so quickly and organically and we finished it by email. The craziest thing is that we haven’t met in person yet!
What do you like about your hometown?
I love the long name Mollet Del VallÃ¨s. I love the old town which is full of small bars and outdoor terraces, the outdoor summer concerts and fresh bread. I miss bread.
Highlight of career so far?
Being nominated for an APRA Professional Development Award this year in the R&B category alongside Vetta Borne, Milan Ring, Setwun and Jess War, all artists that I really admire.
Favorite non-musical hobby?
Eat cheese with truffles, without a doubt. Surely it’s not just me?
What’s on the rider of your dreams?
A room with a calming atmosphere, beautiful soft lighting, delicious sushi, lots of miso soup, edamame (always) and ginger tea.
A dream musical collaboration?
This is a difficult question. I have so many! Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Kimbra, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Rosaliaâ¦ to name a few. In Australia, I would love to work with Milan Ring, Genesis Owusu, Ta-Ku and Cosmo’s Midnight.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself making music with songwriters and producers that I admire from all over the world. To put out my best work and to do a kind of parallel collaboration in the field of fashion. Working from my own music studio in a beautiful location with beautiful friends and family around me while helping to uplift emerging artists and producers.
What’s your favorite karaoke song?
Anything Destiny’s Child, probably Ariana Grande’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Into You”, such a banger. My friend Carlos can vouch for me haha.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The importance of learning to enjoy the journey and savor the everyday wins out rather than obsessing over the unpredictable end result.
What’s in the cards for the future?
I am working on my first EP which I will release next year. This is my first big job and I love creating it so much. I can’t wait to share it. I’m planning on doing my very first tour of Spain next year, which I’m really excited about and spending time with my family that I haven’t seen for over two years now.
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