Thu 14 Apr 2011
I’m liking this new song from Santigold featuring Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (she of one of my favorite Rockband songs ever!)…two tough chicks that pull off sexy weirdness with aplomb! The song appeared on Jay-Z’s well-funded and well-staffed LifeandTimes site (probably because Santi is now managed by Jay’s Roc Nation Mgmt) along with a Q&A with the site’s editor Shahendra Ohneswere (of SoG fame).
New Music: Santigold feat. Karen O. “Go”
Read how Santi and Karen teamed up to make the song “Go” and how Q-tip helped with the beat…
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L+T: How did your collaboration with Karen O (of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs) come about?
SG: Well, I went to my friend Nick Zinner’s photography show, which was great, one night and I ran into Karen, and we were talking. I was probably bitching about working on my record, which makes up most of my tired conversation these days, and she kind of volunteered to help in any way. A while later, I was working with Q-Tip, trying to come up with some ideas, and he played what ended up being the foundation beat of the track, and I had, like, an “audio-vision,” if that’s what you call it, of the song. In an instant in my mind, I heard what the finished song would sound like and it had Karen on it. So I worked on it a bit and sent it to Karen. I felt all insecure and was like, “You know, if you’re feeling it, if you could come up with something, but if not, it’s cool.” And then I didn’t hear back for a while. So, I sheepishly reached out again, and was like, “Hey, no pressure, if you weren’t feeling it, it’s cool.” And Karen was like, “OMG! I sent it back to you a week ago. I thought you hated what I did so much you didn’t ever want to speak to me again.” I told her I never got it, and we agreed that being an artist was insane and we laughed at our psycho- insecurity, and were both psyched on what she called our “rad track.”
(read more at L+T)