I recently had the opportunity to talk to Klaud, a young Miami-based DJ/producer, who has been executing his tremendous talents across the globe. This past summer Klaud had an enormously successful tour around Asia, creating a huge fan base for the emerging artist.
Just last year Klaud's career began to take shape, as he performed in London as well on the island of Ibiza. Recently, Filo & Peri have begun mentoring and developing his talent- in and out of the studio. Capitalizing on his unstoppable momentum, Klaud performed at Ultra Music Festival 2013, astonishing crowds who had yet to open their ears to his unique electro-house vibes.
You can catch Klaud’s weekly podcast every Monday, check out this week's:
How would you describe your musical style?
My musical style is constantly evolving. I never want to be the artist that only creates within the pre-constructed confines of a certain genre or form. My tastes are boundless.
How much time do you spend on learning New Music technology, and are there any go to sources you turn to?
As music technology progresses, one of the primary challenges of an artist is to stay educated. I am constantly learning, not only to stay relevant as a producer- but to advance myself as an artist. Dave Pensado's weekly show “Pensado's Place” has been an invaluable resource- but there is also a lot of self-exploration involved in the studio. In terms of technical knowledge, there's no better source than diving into the user manuals for your favorite DAWs and plug-ins, and playing around.
Describe your perfect event… Who are you playing with? Which venue? All the details are up to you.
My perfect event would be a late night crowd that's there for the music- one that trusts me to guide them through an aural journey marked by radical changes in tempo and feel, as well as introduce new sounds. I look forward to one day headlining Ultra Music Festival in Miami, it is one of the festivals that has inspired me from the beginning of my career- as well as Hakkasan Las Vegas.
What’s next for you, and what are your goals for the future?
Currently I am taking time in the studio, and am focusing on growing as a producer. I'm studying 12-hours a day- exploring everything there is to know within the space of music theory and composition. Dedication like this is essential to making it in today’s very competitive scene: I truly believe that music should always come first, and production second.
What's your favorite part about performing?
My favorite part of performing is connecting with the crowd. When I'm spinning, I feed off the energy given to me and every show becomes a powerful, unique experience. I live for those moments.
What should people expect when they come to your shows?
Fans should come expecting to hear my best- regardless of it being a festival crowd of thousands, or an intimate club setting. I prepare a unique set for every night, and try to meet as many fans as possible. Fostering a relationship with the people who believe in you is important.
Can you tell me about your weekly podcast?
My weekly podcast, “Progressive Area”, very much mirrors my maturation as an artist. Not only do I showcase my favorite new releases, but also play tracks that I think need to be heard. I cross genre-driven lines to present songs that fit each episode's vibe, giving my listeners a fresh selection of quality music every week.
And lastly can you tell us what are you currently working on?
Currently, I've been spending a lot of time in the studio. I am working on finishing a few original tracks, as well as a few collaborations. I'm breaking out of my comfort zone- experimenting with different sounds interesting vocals. Looking forward, I'm continuing to push “Progressive Area” a step forward each week, and plan to continue surfacing with innovative, original music.