SIDIZEN KING

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Editor | Carlotta SantigliPhotography | Lena Shkoda | Styling | Brittany Layton


Someone once said: “everything has already been done, so the only way to make something new is matching two or more existing things”. Are you tired of listening always to the same kind of music? Are you looking for the fateful sound of the future? The answer is Sidizen King.
Straight from LA land, this brave individual mixes up genres such as hip hop and electronic, adding a dash of trash culture. From “Life is good” (2015) to “Eye for an eye” (2016), his singles bring joy and pleasantly tickle our ears. Enjoy!

Your music represents something new in the current music overview: what do you think your secret ingredient is?
I’d say the secret ingredient has been just focusing on my personal vision rather than being a prisoner of the moment by following current trends. No human being is identical to the next, a person’s art should reflect and celebrate their personality and perspectives; so by simply allowing yourself to shine through your art, you’re naturally going to make something unique. Simple, yes, but not necessarily easy.  I say that because I think one of the most difficult things for a creative is truly believing in your own ideas--that they are worthy, even if they don’t look or sound like what’s popular. I think when an artist reaches that point, that’s when their work has the power to move people.

What’s your musical background made of?
I didn’t grow up playing any instruments or anything like that but I was in my school chorus throughout childhood. I was a horrible, horrible singer but I fell in love with melodies and their power to affect emotions. I found that poetry had that power too and so naturally songwriting became a passion.

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Where do you take inspiration from?
I generally draw my inspiration mainly from my own life or from people close to me.  I find that there’s an intimate energy that comes through when the song is based on something I’ve actually experienced that’s not present otherwise.  That being said, my songs are almost never completely autobiographical so there’s still some creative license and storytelling to it.

Tell us about your last work
The most recent release is called “Eye for an Eye” and it’s this catchy blend of electronic Disco and Hip-Hop. I collaborated up with a band called The Strike and their lead singer sounds a lot like Michael Jackson, who’s one of my all-time favorites. It’s about getting revenge on someone who wronged you in a relationship, but the production is really dancey and exciting. Here’s a mashup video I made to the song: click.

What’s your relationship with the new music technologies?
I just try to stay on top of what’s new and where people go to find their music. Right now streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music seem to be the most popular places people discover and listen to music so I do what I can to get on playlists. Ultimately, there’s not too much you can do besides make the best music possible. Great music will always find ears.

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Where does “Sidizen King” come from?
It’s a play on the movie “Citizen Kane” and my name (Sid).  In the movie, you see the main character transform from a poor boy to an obscenely rich man. He seems to chase wealth and power thinking it will bring him happiness but in the end (on his deathbed) he seems to  realize that the only time he actually had happiness was when his motives were pure. I like that subtle reminder that the most important things cannot be bought.

How was your first approach to the music?
I always wanted to do music that sounded different from what was popular because it presents a challenge and because, especially with Hip Hop, there’s so much uncharted sonic territory. Before I started rapping I had this beginner’s-level production software but it only had electronic sounds, anyway that made me really appreciate electronic music so of course when I started rapping I wanted to infuse that.

Three adjectives to describe your music
Ambitious. Fresh. Electric.

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