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KALANGU

Under the pseudonym KALANGU, Leon works on various musical projects; sometimes it’s a small live combo, sometimes a production team. Depending on the project at hand, he brings different people on board, but in the case of the track "You & I", it’s simply Leon producing.

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Nov 8, 2022
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What is your band/artist name? Can you tell us a little bit about the genesis of your project?

The name KALANGU first came up in connection with the EP "Mystery Girl". At that time I was looking for a producer pseudonym and a little online research revealed that the Kalangu was likely one of the first instruments in the world, which I thought was a cool message, but a few years later, a friend told me that that probably wasn’t true.

How did you get into music and what were/are your influences?

I grew up in a musical household, so I was exposed to music-making in my everyday life since I was born. When I was 4 or 5 years old, I got my first drum set. I gradually got into other instruments like guitar and piano. I started producing around the age of 14/15.

Which partners/artists have inspired or accompanied you on your way and how?

Cro’s ‘Tru.’ album was a big inspiration for me in terms of production and arrangement. I also found the overall concept of the album, including the visuals, videos, etc. super impressive. Many of my friends have been with me musically for years - I enjoy having familiar faces around me during rehearsals, songwriting or recording sessions. For me, that's one of the most important prerequisites for open, creative work.

What was your most formative experience in your career so far?

One of my most formative experiences to this day was a gig from 2016 that I played with my rock band at the time. I was only 15 and the first rows of the audience were already singing along to our lyrics.

Can you tell us about the highs and lows of your musical career?

Highs and lows have become normal for me. There are always times when I'm uninspired and don't feel like making music. In the past, I thought that this was something bad or that there was something wrong with me. Today I look at it with more of a degree of calm. The more I accept the phases where I’m lacking inspiration and let them happen, the more motivated I often feel and the quicker I get back into a period of creativity.

How did you end up at MusicHub?

I got to know MusicHub through GEMA and got myself on the mailing list for the beta phase. MusicHub offered exactly the right solution for me at that time - specifically the combination of distribution and simplified GEMA metadata management appealed to me. The freedom and the DIY spirit were also arguments for using MusicHub. Once on board, I was overwhelmed by the positive communication I had with the team.

What are some goals you still have to achieve? What are your plans for the future?

To be satisfied.

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