French producer Klingande is a trailblazer in the electronic music scene. He brings his music to life, whether on stage with live instruments or through social media. Klingande’s most recent music video debuted via Facebook live, which Billboard Magazine declared the first of its kind.
Klingande has always done things slightly differently, in his own way. Born Cédric Steinmyller, he chose Klingande (pronounced klin-gand) as his DJ name as an ode to his inspiration. The Swedish word klingande (pronounced kling-gan-deh) is the clinking sound from a congratulatory toast.
“I’m really influenced by Swedish artists,” Klingande said over the phone from his hometown Lille, France. “I started making music because of [Axwell and Avicii].” He’ll play his music at LIV Nightclub on Thursday, Sept. 15.
At about age 7, he learned to play the keyboard. By 15, he started producing his own sound. Now, the 26-year-old is paving his way as a force in electronic music, creating melodic house tracks that sound like summer.
His latest tune, “Somewhere New,” garnered over 1 million plays on Spotify within its first week. The song, produced with British-German electro-house duo M-22, features a strong female vocal who sings about wanting to go on an adventure with her love. It’s get-up-and-dance music with catchy piano chords and a playful upbeat tempo.
In the music video, which was shot in one take and live-streamed on Facebook, a couple dances on what appears to be a sitcom-like set, waltzing their way through 11 different scenes, including a living room, a bank robbery and a room filled with balloons.
“It’s like discovering new places in a dreamy way,” Klingande says about the video’s concept, days before the live-filming in Stockholm last week.
“Somewhere New” is the first single off his forthcoming album, which he expects to release later this year.
“I really want to experiment with new stuff on the album so that’s what I’m doing right now, to have new ideas and not copy other producers,” he says.
Klingande’s a “huge fan of Flume,” so right now he’s combining Flume’s down tempo, experimental, future bass with his own deep-meets-tropical house sound.
“The thing I really like to do is mix genres together cause at the end you get your own,” he says. “It’s the best way to get something original.”
Klingande was one of the first to have a live saxophone player perform with him on stage because he really likes the vibe the live music adds. He wants his new album to incorporate even more live music with a full band, including drums, guitar and harmonica, so he can “perform this album on stage from scratch.”