At just 26, Cédric Steinmyller aka Klingande has made quite a name for himself in the world of international dance music.
His track “Jubel” features heavily in most clubs, concerts and dance parties. In fact, it’s believed that no beach party is complete without it.
Recently, the French native has rejoined forces with Jamaican pop artist Krishane to create his latest banger “Rebel Yell”. A tune that perfectly complements Klingande’s unique mixing skills with Krishane’s sultry vocals – we can see this making massive waves on Dubai’s nightlife scene.
Before his gig at Soho Garden tonight, April 5, we caught up with the spinner to talk influences, new music and what the crowd can expect from his gig.
When did you realise that music was what you wanted to do?
I think it came progressively. I learnt how to play when I was a child. I was very lucky that my parents could send me to classes. It was only after I started DJing as a teenager that I realised that I wanted to make my own music and that music was really what I wanted to do. So, I went to the Point Blank Music School in London to study music production. The experience and living outside of France, really changed my perspective of the music world.
Who was your musical idol growing up?
I had a lot of musical idols growing up. From pop rock bands like Coldplay, Oasis and U2 to electronic acts of the late 2000s like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia and more. I was inspired by all of them. I also really loved what SHM brought to electronic music and progressive house back in the day.
You’ve played in Dubai before, how does the crowd compare to those found in Europe for example?
That’s a tricky question because there is always a part of the crowd which is not really from Dubai, it’s more a mix between people from everywhere. I feel the crowd is not different according to where they are from, it’s more about what they are here for. If you have people coming to dance and enjoy the music, coming for you and your show, it’s really different than when people come to party with their friends and have fun in between. The state of mind is important and that's what directs the crowd, not the geography, I guess.
What can fans expect from your performance at Soho Garden?
The show will have the Klingande classics but I’ll also be playing a lot of my own music. We’ve produced a number of special live versions over the past few months, which introduces instruments like the guitar and the ewi – which is a type of electric saxophone.
Your song “Jubel” is one of our all-time favourites, what was the inspiration behind the song?
It’s a mix between my influences when I produced it. Bakermat and Klangkarussel. But most of it came from Lucie’s (the singer of ‘Jubel’) demo. When I heard it, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do with it. It all came together very nicely. It was a very natural process and I honestly never thought that it would be such a huge hit.
Can you explain your music creation process? Does it start with one beat that you build on or experiment with or do you usually have a clear idea of how you would like the entire song to sound?
I don’t have a specific process. Sometimes, we write from scratch. Sometimes I get a song and I love it so, I produce music around it. In two weeks, I’ll be in London to focus on writing more songs. My latest single ‘Rebel Yell’ is a song I got from Krishane. I really connected with it and I really wanted to work on it. Krishane gave me a lot of creative freedom and I’m really happy with the end result. I’m open to anything, as long as I feel it.
With regards to new music, what can we expect?
I just released ‘Rebel Yell’ and I have a lot of songs ready. I think my next single will come out in June. It’s a new collaboration with Broken Back, who I collaborated with for my track, ‘Riva’. I’m really happy of this one. I think that I’ll be releasing more music than ever this year.
Aside from your own music, what is your favourite song right now?
Probably “Us” by James Bay.
What is your go to song to get the party started?
‘Good Times’ by Mr. Belt & Wezol.
If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
There are a lot of people that I’d love to collaborate with. If I had to pick an artist who’s alive, I’d say Kygo. I’m a huge fan of his and he really inspires me.
What advice do you have for fans looking to follow in your musical footsteps?
Create a lot of your own music and put as much out as you can. Get inspired, put some of yourself in it and do not copy what everyone else is doing. Also, put out as much of your own content as you can.
Klingande live in Dubai
When: 10pm-3am, Thursday, April 5
Where: Soho Garden Dubai, Meydan Racecourse