KLYDE is a singer-songwriter based in Bucharest, Romania , best known for his song "Chemistry" , who is currently releasing music independently on his own terms. KLYDE is influenced by 80's synths and visuals and has a natural instinct for catchy melodies and strong lyrics. His latest releases , ,,Summertime Dreaming" and ,,Happy Place'' solidify his vision for his new musical direction

1. First things first, how did you get into music?
I have alway been very passionate about music since I was a kid, always putting on little shows when my parents had guests over, and performances for my friends in my neighbourhood. When I was 13 I got my first guitar and that's when I really started to get into music more seriously, writing my first original songs. I'm a self taught guitar player.

2. What's your earliest music related memory?
My earliest music related memory has to be learning and singing all the songs from the Disney movies I watched as a kid. I always memorized melodies easily, and then I would pretend I was performing them on stage.

3. Do you remember the first song you ever made?
I can't remeber the name of the first song I ever made, but it sure was a long time ago and it was probably a 2 chords song on guitar :))

4. Name 3 massive influences of your sound and why, how they helped shape you.
This is a tricky question, because I have many influences from different genres that helped shape different aspects of my artistry such as songwriting and melody structure, but I think that only in the past year and a half I truly came into my own as an artist and I have a clear vision of my musical direction, so I'll list a few relevant ones for my music today, because I can't choose only 3. Hurts, Aly&Aj (ever since they reinvented themselves into synthpop perfection in 2018), Francis and the Lights, Bon Iver, Robyn, and the greats of the 80's such as Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Haddaway. These acts have opened my ears to all these electronic synth sounds, that are the only ones that move me musically today. I never knew why I was such a big fan of all these songs growing up , until I learned about analog synthesizers, and realized that all the music that truly moved me, was 80's synth based or inspired. Music like this sounds epic and timeless, and it came naturally to me, since that's what I listen to the most.

5. What does a usual day in your life look like?
I wake up, hate that I have to wake up, then I get out of bed searching for good coffee and food. I go to work, then usually I'm in the studio working on music in the evening. Some days there are certain industry events I'll attend, but mostly it's pretty chill. I don't like going out and partying as much as I used to.

6. What was your most challenging moment as an artist?
One of the most challenging moments for me as an artist was definitely trying to get signed, as I thought that was everything. I was so unaware , young and without a clear vision in my early 20's that I didn't even know what I had to do once I got signed the first time. After I moved to Bucharest from Cluj, and had a nice 4 year run with my last label, another challenging moment was when my contract ended and I decided to be an independent artist, which really helped me discover myself and the music I really want to make in the end.

7. The highlight moment of your career?
I think I've had more than one highlight moment in my career. One was the first single I released with a label, I was so excited it was finally happening. Other ones were performing in Sweden, hearing my song on the radio, reaching millions of views , people appreciating my music, meeting famous singers and celebrities. But now, I consider every song and music video I release independently to be a highlight moment, because the personal satisfaction of knowing I did everything on my own and had full creative control doesn't compare with anything. I don't care about shallow stuff like I did before, now I make music for my soul first, and then for everybody else.

8. What's your songwriting process like?
My songwriting process is never the same. I usually always start with the melody and then the lyrics. But sometimes I may hear a line in a movie or read something that triggers a whole idea and I work from that. I write all my songs on my acoustic guitar, and then build the production from that. If it sounds good acoustic, it will always sound good produced. Some songs or parts of songs I dreamt and then I quickly recorded them on my phone so I won't forget them. I have so many silly audio files on my phone that could spark an idea for a song anytime.

9. What are your 3 desert island albums?
So hard but I guess these sum up everything I like :
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Aly&Aj - Sanctuary
Lana del Rey - Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)

10. Name one person you're most grateful for in your musical journey.
This is so hard. But If if have to narrow it down to 1, I will choose 2 :)), and they are my parents, because they have always been so supportive of my creative side and they never tried to stunt my artistic growth.

11. What advice would you tell your younger self?
Speak and stand up for yourself everytime you feel you are mistreated. Everything will be as it should eventually, and always trust your instincts.

12. Any advice for someone just starting out into music?
If you really want it, then you will really work for it. Don't get easily discouraged, because you will hear a lot of "No's" before you'll hear a "Yes". Try everything you want, have a plan B, save some money, and know that you can do everything yourself in 2019, if you have a laptop, acces to the Internet and the will to learn as much as you can about the music industry. Also having a good laywer will help :))

13. What does the future hold for you? New releases, tour, interesting projects?
I am currently working on an EP that will be fully released next year, so expect more cool 80's inspired songs, and after that hopefully a tour in the summer. Meanwhile I am working with my closest friends on great music at our lovely studio, DarkViolet Records.

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