Welcome to COSIGN, where I’ll present a group of fresh and invigorating talent that does more than just add to the conversation of who’s next, they advance it! There’s something intangible they possess. It’s more than just hustle. This collective group simmer on the edge of fame and notoriety not only because of their skill and ambition, but because they did more than just wish on a star.
It takes a pretty dope Jane to grab the attention of Prince, but when you’ve got real talent like Andy Allo, of course Prince would dig her. After the indie 2009 release of her freshman album “UnFresh” The Purple One tapped Allo as a guitarist/vocalist for his New Power Generation Band, an opportunity the Cameroon by way of Sactown native is milking. But if you think Allo is in the business of riding coat tails you’re wrong. Allo chopped it up with us for a bit, and proved why she deserves our COSIGN.
What was it about the guitar that you were attracted to?
My mother began teaching me piano when I was little, and some of the things she taught me have stayed with me. It’s something I would like to pick up again. But what drew me to the guitar was its portability. It’s an instrument you can pick up and play any place, any time.
Where do you draw your lyrical inspiration?
I’m not entirely sure where the inspiration comes from. It’s quite a magical experience. It hits me at the oddest times and can come from a scent, a chord or anything.
What has working with Prince taught you?
Embrace the challenge and always keep learning.
What was the best piece of advice you’ve received?
‘A rolling stone never gathers moss, but a snowball when it rolls long enough, grows.’ That phrase is saying to always persevere, that you’d rather be the snowball; because as you journey through life, you will continue to grow, learn, expand your knowledge and experiences and will come to have a large community of supporters that surrounds you and ultimately protects you.
When creating your latest album Superconductor, what sound were you going for?
Everything was organic from the beginning, and it was more about bringing out the truest essence of each song itself. Every song was crafted intricately; and once there was a foundation, we started to add little touches that made each song unique.
If you had to sum up this album in one word, what would it be? Organicfloweyfunkifiedrealsoulawesomeness.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing with your life?
Oh! I’d be an afro superhero. I’d travel the globe inspiring all women to wear their hair naturally.
How old were you when you moved from Cameroon to Sacramento? Was that a rough transition?
I was a preteen when I moved to the United States, and there was definitely a culture shock. In Cameroon, you are taught British English so there are spelling differences and words you normally wouldn’t use in American English. It was mostly subtle things that I had to adjust to and learn about America.
What do you hope to accomplish professionally and personally in 2013?
Many things. But I promised my parents I would buy them a house. That’s what I work towards.
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