IDN – Kaleidoscope [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Kaleidoscopic, unique, sound collage (if that’s a descriptor)

Tell us a few things about your new album Kaleidoscope. What is the story behind it?

Kaleidoscope is the product of my own style developing and blossoming. Over the past two years, I’ve experimented with countless genres and techniques in Ableton Live (my production software) and have pushed myself to listen to an insane variety of music from almost every genre imaginable. From this, I began to understand what aspects I loved in each of these genres, and learned how to apply those inspirations into my own work, combining multiple genres into one. I think the result is really unique sounding, which is great, because I’m not fulfilled by making something someone has already made.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I love collaborating, although it can be hard to translate two artists’ brains into one piece. I do have a couple new songs in the works with other producers, singers, rappers! Songwriting can be lonely, but I prefer to have complete creative control over every part of my art. This, in turn, makes Kaleidoscope a 100% IDN experience – every ounce of every song was handled by myself. I understand the joys of collaborating, but for my personal projects, for now, I like to make sure what I’m putting out is a true form of personal artistic expression.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I definitely enjoy writing/producing music more than performing, however, I haven’t yet performed live with Kaleidoscope. My first show is on April 17 at Sonia Nightclub in Cambridge! If anyone is around, please come, it’s going to be so much fun. I’m looking forward to performing and I’m putting a lot of effort into making sure it’s a fun, danceable, and trippy experience for everyone.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge I continue to face is social media and marketing. I can’t wait for the day where I have a team who believes in my art and can help me get it to more people. I consider myself very tech-savvy, however I loathe the performative aspects of social media, and I don’t do any of the things other artists tell you to do in that regard; Reels, TikToks, vlogs, ads, etc. I just don’t care, and I currently don’t have the demand. Social media has always been emotionally draining to use consistently.

Favorite music related film?

The Lovers Rock episode of Small Axe by Steve McQueen single-handedly got me obsessed with dub and reggae, and led me down countless rabbit holes of inspiration. It’s about an hour and shows the incredible energy of reggae/blues parties in the UK ’80s.

One last thing we should know about you?

I am constantly creating new music and working on my art, one way or another. I have dreams of combining my interests in visual media, fashion, music, and dance together – but for now, come to my show on April 17 if you’re in the Boston/Cambridge area, and look out for new music soon! Thank you!

Thank you!

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