CID Talks Grammy Nomination, LSD Remix, Early Mentors and More [Interview]

CID took the time to carry us as well as discuss his Grammy nomination and new new radio show.

Breakout manufacturer CID is nominated for Best Remix Recording for his remix of the LSD (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) song “Audio” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. 

The remix has more than a 15 million streams on Spotify.  The colossal achievement of this track and after Grammy nomination have brought CID (actual name Carlos Cid) into the limelight. He explained:

“A few years ago I won and was nominated at this same group for my work about the Lana Del Rey remix. Despite the fact that I was at the background on that one, it gave me the confidence to know I was fine enough as a producer and remixer. That experience set me on the path to concentrate on myself as an artist, using the hopes of one day having the ability to get back to the Grammys. Feels surreal to get my name up there that moment. ” 

The NYC-based artist can be set to start his own radio show on the SiriusXM channel Diplo’s Revolution this year. 

Cid took the time out to speak to us about his trip from the first days that he spent scouring through new music at his favorite record store to his recent Grammy nomination. He also touches on his early assistance from Markus Schulz to his dream collaborator. Your curiosity in the realm of dance music started at a really young age. How did it begin?

CID: My dad has catering hall and a restaurant in New York where they do a good deal of private parties. There was also this one DJ who performed most of those occasions and I was only drawn instantly to what he was doing. He saw my attention early on and showed me the basics. I was hooked from that moment. In my 8th grade year old book we asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up, while the majority of the kids in my group wrote physician or lawyer or anything like that, I printed I wanted to be a DJ.

From having an 11-year-old mesmerized by the noises you learned and experienced, exactly how can the journey take from being a hobby into a profession?

What is always driven all of this for me is that the love of this music, I still don’t feel like that can be a”career.” I finished college with a degree in accounting but I knew music was what I wanted to do with my life. I was lucky enough to find an internship at a studio in New York and only attempted to do whatever it took to keep making music. I have done a lot of background studio stuff on and that really helped me get my name out there and build relations.

You have support in the industry including Markus Schulz and Kaskade. Did this pan out?

A good deal of people don’t understand about the Markus Schulz connection. I was still in college at the time and I only produced for fun. I didn’t know what I was doing, however, I was able to complete my first song. At that time I was listening to Markus’ Global DJ Broadcast, therefore I chose to send it which I discovered online. Four weeks later I got an email back and sure enough, it was Markus. He called me and ended up registering for the song to his tag, Coldharbour Recordings. I would say that was the moment I knew I wanted to make music for the remainder of my life.

I think the true turning point that launched me as a artist was Kaskade taking me under his wing. At the time that he was really supporting”Got Me Thinkin” – one of those collaborations I had done with Don Diablo – and now we connected over email. He really believed in my music and then we collaborated on “Us,” which released on his Automatic album. When it came time for him to do the Automatic tour, he put me on as support the entire tour and that really helped to start growing my following in the U.S.

You’ve already got a Grammy under your belt for being a co-producer on Cedric Gervais’ remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness. ” While your name as an artist didn’t feature in the credits given, how would you say this win helped your career take off?

Yeah, it definitely helped my career. Not only did it inevitably open doors for myself as an artist, but working with Cedric Gervais really gave me an inside look at what it took to make it as an artist. He’s always been really good at marketing and positioning himself, and that’s something that, at the time, I didn’t realize how important it was.

A few years down the line, you are now nominated under the “Best Remix Recording” category once again at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for your stellar remix of “Audio” by LSD. Tell us a little more about your thought process behind the remix.

Well first off, shout out to Diplo! Earlier in the year, he started really supporting my music and I think that’s where the remix request stemmed from. I remember when the original of “Audio” came out, and it just felt like one of those projects that would be special to remix. Sia and Labrinth are both incredible singers and songwriters who’ve been on my bucket list to work with. Once I got the parts, it was super inspiring to work with their vocals and the remix just flowed. I wanted to create something that has the essence of the original, but still had my sound and I am really happy with the way it turned out. 

You’re up against one of your early supporters and fellow artists Kaskade among others for his remix of Kygo’s “Stargazing.” How does this make you feel to be now nominated alongside him?

It’s pretty crazy to think about. He’s helped me so much and has always respected and treated me as an equal. It feels surreal to be nominated alongside him.

This year will also see you launch your own label and radio show on SiriusXM. What’s in store for us here?

This past year I did a lot of touring and club shows and It really inspired me to make more club music. The label and radio show is called Night Service Only and the motto behind it is”we hear music at night.” I have been working hard to develop a consistent sound to the tag and I am really excited for everyone to hear all the music which I’ll be publishing.

After dealing with a few big collaborators like Tiësto, Don Diablo, Galantis and more, where do you really have your eyes set next? Who would you say will be CID’s fantasy collaborator right now?

I would like to collaborate on something unique with Diplo. He is always pushing the envelope and whatever he does moves the needle. I think we can do something super refreshing.

2019 is shaping up well with the Grammy nomination, your Bonnaroo debut performance, and lots more. What can CID fans look forward to from you this year?

A good deal of music!! I have held off on releasing new music before the tag launches. Once it launches, people can expect a flow of new releases that I am super excited about!

Tell us the one thing you’t always wanted to say to fans and your fans but harbor &rsquo.

Thank you to everybody who is supported and shared my music. I have always felt enthused about the DJing, along with the manufacturing and seeing you at displays singing along to my music really inspires me continue to push myself to make music that was new and to get back into the studio. 

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