The Kidd

The Kidd

Whenever possible, the FL Studio team loves to highlight producers who are achieving incredible things in the music from their region. Indian producer The Kidd has achieved global success with his unique blend of Punjabi influenced Hip Hop, having worked extensively with the late Sidhu Moose Wala and many others, earning billions of plays on the music he has produced. Having used FL Studio from the very beginning, we’re pleased to welcome The Kidd to our Power User list.

295 | Sidhu Moose Wala | The Kidd | Moosetape

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

Having been born in Punjab, I was always surrounded by music. Be it religions, festivals or celebrations, music is a key part of life here. So my inclination towards music couldn’t have been any more organic. I started out really young and my identity has always been intertwined with my music as everyone who knows me knows me as the ‘youngin’ who was into hip hop as a culture ever since they’d gotten to know me.

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

My inclination towards music had just started to take effect when I met a kid in school who told me about music production software. They told about a bunch of different software options but the only name that stuck with me was Fruity Loops, and that was my first Google search the moment I got home. I started off working with FL Studio trial and learnt the software on the demo itself. In fact, the first sample beat I made for an artist was made on the free trial, and the moment I received an advance on that track, the first thing I bought was an FL Studio license. FL Studio means a lot to my work as it doesn’t feel like something I’m working on, but more like an extension of my heart, like a golfer might feel about their club as an extension of their body. That’s exactly how FL Studio feels to me. It is intuitive, clean and crisp.

LEVELS: Music Breakdown with The Kidd | Sidhu Moose Wala | Mashable India

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

I worked and experimented with a whole myriad of genres, but where I’m most at home is classic hip hop, RnB and boombap music. I also happened to be the first producer to bring boombap music to the Indian Punjabi language music industry. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with producers like Steel Banglez, M1 on the Beat, and Chris Rich. I’ve worked with some great artists too, namely the late Sidhu Moosewala, Diljit Dosanjh, Stefflon Don, Tion Wayne, Divine and Morrison.

Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.

I’m not too picky with my production environment, as I’ve made music in cars, hotels, homes and on occasion in an open farm too. The important thing is that the vibes match with the team I’m working with. Apart from that, I travel with gear, and am always ready to start jamming. My dearest friends in the studio are:

MacBook Pro 14” M2 Max Chip (32 GB Ram) 1 TB Drive

Monitors – Yamaha HS 8, KRK Rokit 5

Audio Interface – UAD Apollo Twin X

Microphone – Neumann U87, AKG C414

MIDI Controllers – Maschine 2, Akai Fire (FL Studio), Komplete Kontrol S49, Icon V1-X, V1-M

The Kidd in the Studio

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

For a considerable period of time, I had no clue how to use FL Studio and I didn’t know that one had to create a pattern in the beat sequencer and then paste it to the playlist page. I only stumbled across it after weeks of work. So no matter how new things might feel, I’d suggest every newcomer to hang in there and just have fun.

To the ones who’ve hung around for a while, I’d recommend trying the swing knob for boombap music — I honestly had a lot of fun ever since I started using it.

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