WILD Profile: Alberto Stangarone, Caracas’ Swagger

Who: Alberto Stangarone
What: Musician, producer and DJ. Former member of Todosantos and leader of his own musical project named Sunsplash.
Where: Caracas, Venezuela
Alberto Stangarone by Linda Meléndez

What’s on his mind today:
I’m having a great month so my mind is full of joy right now.

What he is currently working on:
Even though I just released ≈fantasma≈ only a month ago, I’m already finishing a new EP called Sub Rosa, it’s a collaboration with Venezuelan producer Ernesto Pantin and Nastyness, a Singer I met while living in NY. Her voice impressed me so much when I heard her that I immediately knew we had to work something together. What came up is pure magic, a 4 track EP full of deep tropical vibes, due in August.

What he thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
We definitely need to put more heart in our music… that’s all we need to do. Our job as artists is to use our heart to create an odd & beautiful universe for people to jump in and rejoice. All the hype and whatever comes next might be necessary to make a living out of music but is not essential for music itself.

What good energy means to him:
High Vibrations, that energy that pushes us forward.

What he would do if he was the president:
Hire the best of the best to solve problems. End wars and put the money where it should be, in education. Legalizing weed, DMT and other psychoactive substances could be a wise thing to do as well, it would help people chill out and find their inner path. The important thing about potent psychedelics would be to allow their use in controlled environments and guided by professionals or shamans.

What’s his earliest memory:
I don’t know if it’s a memory or some kind of dream but I have a clear vision of myself as a baby in my cradle watching a bird fly into the room and above the cradle. Pretty Rad.

What cracks him up:
I saw a LOL BOYS flyer that cracked me up recently, it was made of those really really ugly Microsoft Word-Art images and the worst typography they could find. Pure Anti-designer Design, brilliant.

What kind of movement he would like to start:
A positive movement. I like to motivate and inspire people through music, I feel that’s my purpose in life.That’s a job that has to be done here in Venezuela… I’ve met so many people with great talent that just need to shake off the negative shit the pick up in the streets, life ain’t easy here of course, but those who can stay positive and productive shine like the brightest star. This country is craving good art and new stuff. Too much social and political tension, peoples hearts can’t take it no more, art has to speak.

Who represents his “artistic” family:
My friend Ernesto Pantin is the closest I have to an Artistic brother, we’ve been making stuff together for almost 15 years. Dj Afro the guitarrist from Grammy winning band Los Amigos Invisibles is my Mentor, somebody that taught me a lot about this career and that has always remained open and supportive. I owe him a lot. I also consider Bob Marley, Fela Kuti & the Zulu Nation my artistic godfathers.

Whom he would like to grow old with:
I just met a girl that seems to be pretty amazing. I’m in love. Hope it works out!

What he would like to leave to future generation:
Good long lasting music.

What is his WILD wish:
I wish we can all set ourselves free and live our dreams.

Listen to Sunsplash’s new album ≈fantasma≈, available for free download on Bandcamp. You can also show some love for Alberto on Soundcloud, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

text by: Diego Martínez

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