SANTINO LE SAINT
TWENTY YEAR-OLD SANTINO LE SAINT FROM SOUTH LONDON IS AN ARTISTIC POLYMATH.
Santino draws influences from a myriad of genres -- from classic rock and grunge to hip hop and trap. He's a founding member of the creative movement CLOUD X, a collective that take a DIY, multidisciplinary approach to creating art.
TUNE IN TO SANTINO LE SAINT'S TOP TRACKS FROM OTHER ARTISTS THAT HAVE INSPIRED THEM TO PURSUE MUSIC.
Santino shows us his oldest to latest inspirations with his ‘What I’m About’ playlist. Listen in to Santino's songs from other artists that have inspired him as a musician. It’s easy to see why his music is so eclectic.
YOUR MUSIC SEEMS TO INFUSE AND MASH UP R&B WITH INDIE – FIRSTLY WOULD YOU AGREE, AND SECONDLY DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO MIX THINGS UP IN MUSIC?
I'd say it's more rock and hip hop infused than indie infused - though I listen to them all. I think my music would really be classed as alternative R&B / trap rock. Somewhere in between the two.
I don't think it's necessarily important. I just think it just happens sometimes, especially these days when you listen to so much music and have such a diverse background. Living in London means that the music you're going to create is free of borders.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH SUPERDRYSOUNDS?
It's my first major campaign and it's sick to be doing an artist led campaign, not just as a model. I'm at an early but exciting stage of my career, and I feel like Superdry are the right people to be a part of this journey with me so I'm excited for what the year will bring. Can't wait to play the festivals abroad as well. We're going to kill the live shows, thats where I really come alive.
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T SINGING?
I'd be playing basketball or studying architecture.
DOES STYLE GO HAND-IN-HAND WITH YOUR ARTIST IMAGE?
I think my style is literally a mix of the two cultures that I have embraced for the whole of my life. One - heavy metal, skating, BMXing - and the other - growing up in south London, playing basketball and listening to hip hop. My Dad was in a hip hop group and played the guitar so I think he definitely influenced me.
TELL US A STORY ABOUT YOURSELF THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU.
I fell out of a coach on a motorway on the way to Disneyland once. That was cool. If you see me in person, ask me about it and I'll tell you the full story.
ONE OF YOUR PREVIOUS SINGLES IS 4AM – WHAT’S THE WILDEST NIGHT OUT YOU’VE HAD?
If I told you that I'd have to kill you. Nah, but seriously, I think I party way too hard. I'm always awake at 4am though, even when I'm not on a night out - I think I'm actually nocturnal.
WHAT DOES ‘BLISSFUL BACKSTAGE’ LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
A basketball hoop, my friends, Dua Lipa and my Mum's homemade Jerk Chicken. Oh and some Jack Daniels would be great too.
DESCRIBE SUPERDRY IN THREE WORDS.
Watch this space.