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GET TO KNOW: Kid Souf
After knocking out a batch of bright and bouncing offerings over the last few months, emerging artist Kid Souf is back on the grind with the fresh and uplifting new delight 'Tomato Potato'.
Channelling a bold and glittering 80s-inspired aesthetic for the release, 'Tomato Potato' makes for a wonderfully enjoyable listen from start to finish. Jam-packed with soaring textures, breezy production, and some sublime vocals layered throughout, we are now more than keen to find out what comes next.
So with the new single out now, we sat down with Kid Souf to find out more about the origins and influences that inspired the music.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I learned how to play piano by ear and then much later learned saxophone and percussion.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I ever bought was The E.N.D. by the Black Eyed Peas which was an incredible album but before that, I would steal my mom’s Bruce Springsteen records and listen to them on repeat.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Yes! I was in a band in high school and my first year of college that actually did some pretty big stuff in the Philly area called 46 Sherman. We were like high energy alt-rock with a really impressive live show.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Faithfully by Journey. I think it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever written and follows the writing structure I tend to lean toward when writing ballads. You’ll see!
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
When I was about to put out my first couple singles, David Uosikkinen of The Hooters took a liking to it and decided to re-record the tracks. While we’re not working together anymore, to have respect from him and his circle of 80s rockers that I look up to really gave me the reassurance that I needed to start putting out original music this year.
And what about the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part is marketing in an era where you just don’t know what’s going to click. You can make a hundred cringey TikToks and have none of them stick or run ad campaigns that just don’t convert well enough or plan a bunch of live shows that get canceled due to a deadly global pandemic. These are small issues in our climate right now but frustrating none-the-less.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Miley Cyrus or Bruce Springsteen. I want to chill and write with Miley, but Bruce is my childhood idol.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I see myself where I am now but better. Nose to the grindstone, making art, and showing it to as many people as I can get it in front of. I hope that it’s a lot more people and we can finally tour by then, but my work ethic is one thing I can count on beyond anything else.
Kid Souf's new single 'Tomato Potato' is out now. Check out the new video for it below.