Santigold, the stage name of Santi White, returns to the Outside Lands stage for the first time since 2012 this Summer. It’s been a decade since her classic, self-titled debut that was a perfect cross-pollination of genres and influences and collaborators, and was one of the best examples of the late aughts blog-boom. Her single “Creator” was initially shared via her Myspace page, blast from the past, right?
With such an eclectic mix of sounds across all of Santigold’s records, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Philly native started in the new-wave influenced punk band, Stiffed, whose records were produced by Daryl Jeniffer of Bad Brains fame. Her Stiffed bandmate, John Hill, would become a close collaborator on Santigold’s breakout 2018 record. The album incorporated a variety of musical styles, such as new wave, punk, electro, reggae and dub, with the aim of defying boundaries and genre classification. This genre-defying approach awarded the album with praise from music critics. It earned multiple spots on music publications’ year-end lists of the best albums of the year, as well as on several decade-end lists.
By the end of 2008, she had hits with “Creator,” “Lights Out,” “Say Aha” and a hook from “Shove It” became the basis for Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn We Go Hard.” After touring heavily, she returned in 2012 with the track “Go” featuring The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O. Her second record, Master of My Make Believe was recorded in part in Jamaica with producer Dave Sitek of TV On the Radio. She continued her streak of critically acclaimed records with 99¢ featuring the ever catchy “Can’t Get Enough of Myself.”
Her latest release was a surprise mixtape drop, the dancehall-inspired I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions The album was inspired by Afro-Caribbean music to evoke a “looser, sunnier spirit of summer” The bulk of the material was produced by Mixpak Records founder Dre Skull, with additional material from previous sessions with Ricky Blaze and Diplo.
Whether you know Santigold from her many hits, her myriad of collaborations with everyone from Jay-Z to David Byrne to The Lonely Island, or her live show that incorporates on-stage dancers and choreography, her performance at Outside Lands is not to be missed.