Last month, TheDropTV attended the Sprung Music Festival held at Stanford University. There, the crew got a chance to sit down with the two headliners of the event, rapper Goldlink and producer Sango. These two artists have been fast on the come-up, fusing their hip-hop backgrounds with electronic elements in a unique and refreshing way. Future Bounce is what they call it, and some big name artists in the game have taken notice.
TheDropTV crew got to hang out and chat about a number of topics. Whether it was in our formal interview or after as we were all just kicking back, we found the two as entertaining as they were intellectual. We touched on how they came up in the game and how their influences shaped their sound. We even goofed around and talked about all the types of slang we’ve come across in our travels. It was a great time, and from what we can tell, they will continue to be making impacts in both the hip hop and electronic scene.
Check out some of the things we got to pick their brains about in our Q&A below:
TheDropTV: So, Future Bounce. It’s really hot right now. You’ve really carved out a really nice niche in the hip-hop game and even the electronic game. How did you get put on to this sound?
Goldlink: To be honest, I found it from Sango. When I first got on soundcloud, I got on his page by accident. And I was like what the f***…
I heard that Frank Ocean ‘Thinkin Bout You’ remix he had. I heard the Weeknd joint. Then he had that Drake remix. It was crazy. What was amazing about it was that it was the same songs we were all familiar with, but it just had a new twist. I had never heard it in that way before.
I don’t come from a mashup or DJ world at all. I come straight from pure hip-hop. And at a time where hip-hop was kinda dying, hearing his remixes, it was really refreshing. So taking that, I started finding other people [with that sound] and started seeing the influences, and the potential in it, and I adopted it from there.
TheDropTV: It’s a great sound and you’ve had a lot of success with it. Where do you see your sound going now?
Goldlink: Man, right now, I feel like we adopted something and turned it into our own. But now I feel like we’re gonna take the sound that we made our own and flip that into something completely new. It’s going to be just completely different music that people have never heard before. It was almost like the music that we had created was really fresh and new, but it still felt the same, you know?
This new stuff, it’s going to sound new and feel new.
TheDropTV: We love your guys’ work with Kaytranada. Can you tell me about your relationship with him?
Sango: Kevin, man! I’ma call him by his birth name. I say that because we grew up together in the scene. We started at the same point, as SoundCloud homies. We collab’d on a track. One of our very first shows we played together was in Toronto. We did a two show deal–Toronto and Montreal. I took a bus from Grand Rapids, Michigan all the way to Toronto. It was a whole day trip. I met up with Kay, we do the show and it gets shut down cause of a fire hazard. Then we go to Montreal and it was cool. But at the end, we only got paid $75 for both shows.
TheDropTV: What, really? 75 bucks?
Sango: Yeah man, 75 dollars for both shows. Crazy, that’s our come up story.
TheDropTV: Is there any artist you’re looking to work with? Is there something in the works?
Sango: Oh, for me, Party Next Door. I’ve been here and there speaking to him, but I really want to get him on my album. But for production. Not many people know he produces. I want to work with him on that side.
Goldlink: Yeah man, he produces. Real good.
TheDropTV: So, Louie Lastic. I understand he did a bunch of work (production) on [Goldlink]’s mixtape. We don’t know really know too much about him, but we really enjoyed the mixtape. Can you describe your relationship with him?
Goldlink: Louis is the most important piece of to the whole equation of what GoldLink and what all this is. We’re like Dr. Dre and Snoop or like Dot da Genius and Cudi or like 40 and Drake. ‘Cause like we have a sound with each other. That’s the Goldlink sound now, you know what I’m sayin? It’s like we created this formula that we follow that makes it as cool and unique as it is. So, he’s very, very important. He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met in my entire life.
Sango: I can cosign that. I met him. One thing that blew me away about Louie, was that he played me some demos… not even demos! Let’s just say they were files. He played me some files. Just files. Every single song he played sounded like a hit. Literally, every one was a hit. I’m like, dude..
Goldlink: He doesn’t miss.
TheDropTV: You’ve been working with some big names. Doing shows with some prominent artists. What’s that been like? Anyone in particular interesting?
Goldlink: Yeah, I worked with Rick Rubin.
TheDropTV: Yeah, we read about that. That’s huge. How was that?
Rick, man. Rick is a very nice, calm spirit. Like he’s not up here, he’s not down here. He’s very centered. He’s a very centered energy. So it was like he can control any energy that’s thrown his way. I think that’s why him and Kanye work so well. Because Kanye is such a big ball of energy, and Rick Rubin is very centered. And you could hear it. So that’s what I loved about Rick.
TheDropTV: We’ve seen that you’re reaching not only hip-hop heads, but electronic fans as well. It’s amazing to see the response you’re getting from fusing genres, and doing it so harmoniously. Can you speak on that?
Goldlink: If you grew up on hip-hop, you kinda see that it lost its magic. EDM too. It was really cool, and then it lost its magic. You know what I’m sayin? Just build-ups and whatever, and then everyone waits for the drop.. then they wild out and take ecstasy, haha. And that’s cool and all, haha, but nah.
But taking the hip hop thing, and taking electronic elements and fusing it, it’s amazing. Just think about it like this, the way we grow up now. I personally listened to the Strokes… AND I listened to Nas. I listened to Panic! At The Disco… AND Big L. You know what I’m saying? We’re not confined to genres anymore. We have the internet. It’s like a free for all when it comes to listening to music. So I kind of make music the way I grew up.