Following his great success with and support in 2016 we decided to give it a go and have a small chit-chat with amazing New York artist Brian Cid. You will get a tiny fragment of what he planned for 2017 and what are new ideas on his very own Extinct Records. Enjoy!
Q – Tell us about your new release ‘Extinct Dreams Series 02’ ?
Thank you so much for having me. Last year at Extinct Records we had the idea to start a musical series of melodic ethereal grooves filled with organic & uplifting vibes. A journey-like LP that tells a story from beginning to end – this is how the Extinct Dreams Series was born. Now we launch the second installment and the reactions so far have been extremely positive. It’s composed by six records I am very proud of. Each track is a direct reflection of my personal experience both in my musical life as well as personal & spiritual. I recommend listening to it in it’s original sequence so you can get lost in music.
Q – Your house sound defies and crosses genres. Is that intentional or just an organic process?
I don’t believe in sticking to a specific sound because then you can make the mistake of falling into trends, which I was never into. I try my best to write timeless music that can be appreciated with the same intensity long after is released. Music that can transcend time and place. As soon as it starts sounding trendy I step back and start over…
Q – 2016 has been a great year for you, releasing new music on a variety of labels like Get Physical, Manjumasi, Save Us, Cityfox, Microcastle and more. Do you think it is it important for you to release on a selection of different labels?
It has been a great year indeed and I am very grateful. Releasing on different labels help you reach a bigger number of people and places. It also pushes you to broaden your style taking you out of your comfort zone. We as artists should not get too comfortable. Instead we should push ourselves to create something different & fresh every time. Each label has a style they are known for so it’s good to adapt a bit but at the same time be true to your own sound.
Q – Tom Middleton and the superb Eagles & Butterflies have remixed your material this year, do you get to choose who works your music and is that a big influence on where you release?
I want to send a big big hug to Eagles & Butterflies who became an amazing friend after he worked on my remix. Also Nico Stojan and Jon Charnis did an amazing job this year. The decision comes from both the label and me. We pretty much go over lots of artists we admire and see what makes the most sense depending on the sound of the release. They have both done an incredible job and I am very honored to have them work with my music.
Q – It has been a year since Extinct Dream Series 01. Can we expect a lot more output from you and others on your Extinct imprint in 2017?
2017 will be a key year for the label because we will now start expanding by incorporating new artists. Our goal until now was to showcase the sound and feel we want the label to be known for. Now that we achieved that it’s time to allow others to follow. We are looking for journey-like quality records produced by active artists all around the world.
Q – You have been busy touring the world in 2016, do you enjoy the touring-dj life?
Touring is tough work. It’s not as easy as people think it is. Long flights, long nights and exhaustion are common and for me it’s a big change from being in the studio all day. But, touring is the final stage of music creation. It’s what closes the circle and gives sense to it all. From thinking about the track, to creating it, releasing it and then playing it live, feeding of the reaction of the people, it’s a beautiful thing. I enjoy going to different places around the world and meet the people that bring me in because the love my music. Not because the owe me a favor or they want some in exchange. It’s pure love and that is beyond my wildest dreams.
Q – What has been a travel / DJing highlight?
I’ve gone to many special places this year. South America has an incredible vibe and energy, but so does the Middle East and Asia. I think every place is special on it’s own. I just came from Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh and the love I got back from my music was much more than I could ever imagine.
Q – Do you like to sample the local cultures and food when abroad?
I always tell the promoters to avoid taking me to fancy restaurants. Instead, I like to go for local food in traditional neighborhoods to get a real taste of what people really eat. It’s the only way to get a true sense of the place.
Q – Who have been your go to Labels and producers in 2016?
I like to support the labels I release with so I will say microCastle, Lost & Found, Cityfox, Get Physical and so on. As far as producers, there is a lot of amazing talent coming out of Brooklyn these days. Jonny Cruz, Justin Marchacos, Tovar, Jean Pierre are all guys that have been doing amazing music.
Q – What’s next for Brian Cid?
More and more music. More travel. To reach out to more people and keep spreading the love. To grow our label and keep growing as an artist. It’s a never ending process so we try to keep it interesting. I will be going to lots of places, so the future is looking very bright!
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