Helado Negro

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Helado Negro
Helado Negro Live 2017.jpg
Background information
Birth nameRoberto Carlos Lange
BornFlorida, United States
GenresLatin, Folk, experimental, electronic
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Synthesizer, DAW, Sampler
Years active2009–present
LabelsRVNG Intl.
Websiteheladonegro.com

Roberto Carlos Lange, better known by his stage name Helado Negro, is an American musician. He was formerly signed to Asthmatic Kitty Records from 2009 to 2016. Helado is now currently signed to and released his latest album through RVNG Intl., a Brooklyn-based music institution.

Early Life[edit]

Helado grew up in Miami, Florida where he spent his teenage years searching for his identity in the cultural melting pot that is south Florida. [1] He immersed himself in hip-hop and electronic music scene where he learned to be an artist by playing out shows to small audiences. [2]

Career[edit]

Helado released his first full-length album in 2009 titled Awe Owe.[3]

In 2010, Helado released an EP titled Pasajero.[4]

Helado released his second full-length album in 2011 titled Canta Lechuza.[5]

In 2012, Helado released the first of a three part EP, titled Island Universe Story - One.[6]

Helado released his third full-length album in 2013 titled Invisible Life.[7] Helado released the second Island Universe Story EP in 2013.[6] In 2014, Helado released his fourth full-length album titled Double Youth.[8] The third EP in Helado's three-part Island Universe Story series was released in 2014.[6]

In 2015, Helado released the single "Young, Latin and Proud" along with an animated-visual and lyric video. Lange describes the song as “It was as if I was singing my 6-year-old self a lullaby... It’s about feeling a sense of pride and self-confidence, understanding that you’re born into something and it’s alright to feel good about it. Stereotypes and contradictions are built into identity and I think those are a strong current in both Latino and black identity in the U.S. today."[9]

In 2016, Helado released his fifth full-length album titled Private Energy.[10][11] In this record, Helado exposes his vulnerabilities, stating "There’s so much that is special [and] fragile about us... We’re vulnerable and scared to share with people. I’m just sharing my own vulnerable shit. The hardest part is talking to somebody else about it. I’m the worst person to sum things up with words but the best [way] to sum it up is with music, you know?” [12]

Notable Events[edit]

In July 2017, Helado performed an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. It is posted on the NPR Music YouTube channel which has over 1.2 million subscribers. He performed four songs: "Transmission Listen", "Young, Latin and Proud", "Run Around" and "It's My Brown Skin" accompanied by a 5-piece band consisting of drums, two saxophones, violin, synthesizer and Helado singing and playing guitar. [13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Awe Owe (2009, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Canta Lechuza (2011, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Invisible Life (2013, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Double Youth (2014, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Private Energy (2016, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Island Universe Story - Four (2018, RVNGIntl.)
  • This Is How You Smile (2019, RVNGIntl.)

EPs

  • Island Universe Story - One (2012, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Island Universe Story - Two (2013, Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Island Universe Story - Three (2014, Asthmatic Kitty)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fintoni, Laurent. "How Helado Negro Reinvented Himself By Embracing His Latino American Identity". Fader. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ Fintoni, Laurent. "How Helado Negro Reinvented Himself By Embracing His Latino American Identity". Fader. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ Reber, Rebecca. "Helado Negro: Awe Owe". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ Rojas, Yumber. "Helado Negro renueva el discurso de la música latina en Estados Unidos". El País. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  5. ^ Contreras, Felix. "First Listen: Helado Negro, 'Canta Lechuza'". NPR Music. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Sherburne, Philip. "Helado Negro Island Universe Story: Selected Works". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ Kivel, Adam. "Helado Negro – Invisible Life". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ Geffen, Sasha. "Helado Negro: Double Youth". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ Fintoni, Laurent. "How Helado Negro Reinvented Himself By Embracing His Latino American Identity". Fader. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ Exposito, Suzy. "Review: Helado Negro's 'Private Energy' Is a South Beach 'Pet Sounds'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  11. ^ Contreras, Felix. "Review: Helado Negro, 'Private Energy'". NPR Music. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ Fintoni, Laurent. "How Helado Negro Reinvented Himself By Embracing His Latino American Identity". Fader. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Helado Negro: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-04-09.