- Words Cleo Webster
Introducing Santi. The coolest guy on the Nigerian Alté scene, who is fusing afro-bashment with a slouchy 90's aesthetical twist.
From Lagos to the screens of London, Santi is undoubtedly a rising star in the Afro-bashment scene. Following the huge sum of success that his previous single “Rapid Fire” received, with nearly half a million views and huge accolades from the likes of i-D, Fader and Complex all spreading the word, this conceptual musical artist has more than sounds to share. Santi is one of a kind, a real experimenter fusing modern sounds with old-school lo-fi visuals to create his darkly textured groovy tunes. A deeply conceptual artist who aligns his distinctive sound with images from his imagination and strongest memories to create a cinematically striking visual you cannot find anywhere else. Intertwining influences from cable TV cartoons, Nollywood VHS tapes and goth-rock ballads throughout his experimental high energy production, Santi is creating feel-good vibes with a purpose. With his debut album “Mandy In The Jungle” freshly released today, through crafting a strong sense of slouchy 90’s nostalgia Santi is the Prince of recreating the past in the future. Reflecting the creatively aesthetic attitude of the Lagos Alté scene, Santi is a star in the making, ready to change the game completely.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I remember most of my dreams, in my most recent dream, (no idea why) but I was on a ship and before you know it, someone let out some gas that infects people and placed the cure somewhere in the ship.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
This will sound crazy but I was nearly kidnapped as a child and used for a sacrifice.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
It probably came from attending parties as a child and tracing and recollecting the memories and feeling of the party by hearing the song again.
What’s your star sign? (and are you a typical *whatever your sign is*?)
I’m a Gemini and I think in certain ways I am typical and in other ways I’m not.
When was the first time you had your heart broken? (who by? how did it feel? what did you do?)
It was by a girl, she was older than me and was at a party, the feeling was quiet unexplainable and as a result, I threw up.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Racheal Mcadams, after wedding crashers I kind of developed a soft spot for her
Tell us one thing nobody / not many people know about you.
I read a lot of gossip girl and meg cabot growing up, (princess diaries etc), they were lowkey some of the best books I read growing up.
What would your biography be called?
The days of Santino, I say days because it’s the best term to measure memories.
What was the first song you ever wrote?
First song I ever wrote was a rap song , Drake’s so far gone just came out and I had ultra feels
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Only leave the house when necessary, fulfil your mission and report back to the house “
What has been your biggest achievement?
Creating music and visuals stemmed off my actual feelings and seeing the work travel around the world and people digest it in their own way
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Kilua, from hunter x hunter, very quiet, sometimes misunderstood, would do anything for his friends and also very deadly.
How was high school?
Describe your own personal idea of hell…
Dubbed versions of Anime
What’s a lie you’ve told and what was the fallout?
I lied about my grades to my parents one time…. You already know what comes next
Which super power would you most like to have, and why?
The ability to teleport or make temporary copies of myself for specific tasks
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Drake’s so far gone or M.I’s talk about it
When was the last time you cried and why?
In a party, can’t remember the reason but it was the perfect place to cry cause everywhere was loud and no one could notice
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
Making songs about the times and waiting for it to all end.