UConn Alumni of Tango Mango make music to mosh to


The profile picture on the group’s Facebook page (Tango Mango/Facebook)

Kyle Schmitz and Tommy Loura of Tango Mango make music to break things to – literally. “Tommy and I are the kids that like to go hard in the mosh pit, to be completely honest with you. Our goal was to make music that we wanted to mosh to, that was pretty much the intention. We’re the dumb, drunk instigators at a punk show,” Schmitz said by way of introducing the two-piece’s passion project, “It Takes Two to Tango Mango.”

Loura, who plays guitar and provides vocals, and Schmitz, who plays drums, created the band while in college at UConn. The two have always had an interest in music.

“Honestly I don’t even remember,” Schmitz reflected when asked about when his love for music began. “Probably my dad for me, listening to his old records. The internet also, downloading a lot of music and getting into everything. As for Tommy, it was pretty much the same. We were always recommending music to each other. We were in college and were like, ‘We should make a punk band,’ and that’s kind of how it started.”

After graduating from UConn in 2015, the two still continued with their band while working typical nine to five jobs. They released the 10-song album on Sept. 19 of this year on Spotify. “We jam and then we talk about how it sounded,” Schmitz said about their creative process. “Tommy will show me a guitar riff and I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, that f***ing sucks,’ and then he’ll show me another riff and I’ll be like, ‘That’s kind of nice.’ That’s kind of it, that’s just how we work it out. I come up with melodies, he comes up with melodies. It’s a very long process of weekly band practices and just figuring shit out. There’s really no formula to it, every song is different. Like the first song on the album, we wrote that in two seconds. Other songs were completely reworked. We actually cut a bunch of songs from the album.”

While Tango Mango’s jam sessions were fairly relaxed and organic, the amateur musicians found out that creating an entire album has its difficulties. “The whole process was pretty stressful,” Schmitz explained. “We didn’t mix [the album]. That was done by this guy that we knew through other people. The guy was mixing it online, basically, and we were talking to him [online], so we would have notes about it. It was hard to communicate with him about things instead of being right next door to figure stuff out.”

“It Takes Two to Tango Mango” was an adventure and learning process for the two friends. While they venture on into the realms of adulthood, creating music will continue to be a passion for them. “I think in the future, Tommy is probably going to move to New York [with me] and we’re going to work on a project over there, probably with Tango Mango. In terms of directions, it’s definitely too early to tell, but we’ve been listening to a lot of more Eastern [style] music, so it would probably be more in that direction,” Schmitz said about future plans for the passion project. The members of Tango Mango show how one can continue to pursue one’s interests even after college, whether it’s making music, moshing or both.

Lucie Turkel is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at lucie.turkel@uconn.edu.

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