Concert preview: 'Young, Latin & Proud' songwriter Helado Negro visits the Big Room Bar

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Despite its title, Roberto Carlos Lange, who records and performs under the name Helado Negro, didn't pen his most recent single "Young, Latin & Proud" as a political statement. Rather, Lange crafted the song as a means of celebrating his family's heritage, and when he recorded his dreamy vocals, he envisioned he was singing to a younger version of himself rather than to the culture at large.

"It's like I'm singing a lullaby to myself, when I was younger, and I'm telling myself not to overthink who you are," said Lange, who was born in Florida to immigrant parents and currently makes his home in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. "It's hard growing up in a household where your family comes from a completely different culture. But as I got older ... I started to understand what that meant to me, and how it shaped the things I was into, like the weirder music or the odd art. And it wasn't because my parents were into odd art, but maybe it was being in the middle of two different worlds ... drew out different things in me."

Of course, the timing of the single's release - Lange said it was intended to stoke excitement for a pair of summer shows in Chicago and ended up dropping "either the same day or the day before" Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump created headlines by expressing strong anti-immigrant sentiments - made it appear as if the musician were offering up some kind of rebuttal, which certainly wasn't the case.

"I would never want to give anyone like Donald Trump any credit for inspiration, and he definitely wasn't," said Lange, who headlines a concert at the Big Room Bar on Saturday, Oct. 10. "I don't mind people taking the song and doing what they want with it. I think that's what art and music is about; you put it out in the world and people turn it into whatever they want or need for themselves. But I want to make sure it doesn't get misrepresented as to why I made it, and I made it for myself and for my own purposes."

Other recent songs have taken on a more explicitly political tone, however, including one tune informed by the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, a stirring number where the normally languid singer adopts a blunter, more forceful tone.

"Everything that happened in Ferguson [Missouri] had me thinking a lot, and those feelings and those sentiments are [in the music]," said Lange, who has been performing the new songs on his current tour, road-testing material before entering the studio to begin work on the follow-up to his 2014 album Double Youth. "It just affected me, and you can't help but try and get that out of you."

Big Room Bar

9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

1036 S. Front St., Brewery District

ALSO PLAYING: Thomas Wincek, Sam Craighead