NXTSTYLE’s 2020 Songs of the Summer: clide “fallin”
INTRODUCING NXTSTYLE’S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER,' HIGHLIGHTING OUR FAVORITE TRACKS WE'VE DISCOVERED THIS SUMMER. OVER 70 SONGS FROM NEW AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FORM OUR SUMMER 2020 SOUNDTRACK. TODAY WE SPOTLIGHT CLIDE. THE SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM GERMANY DELIVERED AN IMPRESSIVE SINGLE EARLIER THIS YEAR IN “BROKEN PARTS” AND HIS LATEST IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITES THIS SUMMER. LEARN MORE ABOUT CLIDE IN OUR FEATURED INTERVIEW.
“fallin” is your third single in 2020 and one that speaks to dreaming up a relationship. Take us behind the creation of the song and your connection to it.
I actually wrote that song already over one and a half years ago. It still means a lot to me, because it helped me process the pain I felt after a girl I was seeing cut me off. The song is about that feeling, not being able to be with that person and knowing you can’t do anything about it. But still having those feelings. Music is the best way I can share, process and let go of my feelings, so while there is a lot of pain in this song, it was healing to me and I hope it will be to others who are going through something similar. I wrote and finished the song in my room, but it actually took very long to release it. The demo was only my vocals with a piano and a very minimal beat. It took many versions of the song to get it to the point where it is now, but I am beyond happy I could finally share it.
Lyrically and sonically this song could work great as a sync in a reflective/contemplative scene in a TV show or even a featured film. If you had a choice, what would be the ultimate sync placement for “fallin”?
Tbh, I’m not watching too many TV or Netflix shows, because I know once I start one I will spend way too much time on it until it’s finished hahah. But I have watched, 13 Reasons Why and it really touched me. Being placed on that show would be crazy.
How would you describe your artistry and the purpose you want to bring to fans? Are there any artists that you look up to that play an influence on your music?
I started producing and writing when I was 16. Back then EDM music was my biggest inspiration and I started out producing Big Room with Garage Band on my iPhone. My style has certainly changed with the time and constantly continues to do so because I’m getting inspired by different and new things and try to redefine myself and my music all the time. But the purpose behind it stayed the same. Influencing and positively impacting other people’s lives with my music was always my biggest motivation. The imagination of thousands of people listening, enjoying or dancing to music I have created was what inspired me to start. Also creating something beautiful literally out of nothing is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s how I try to have an impact on the world and leave a legacy. Music is the way I process my thoughts and feelings. I usually don’t talk about them too much, so I think music is that exit I need to let them go. I try to be as honest and real as I can be in my art. I want all of my songs to come from a real place, whether it is a real story or an emotion I am trying to convey into music. There must be that spark that makes the song special and 100% emotionally connects me to it.
``FALLIN`` NXTSTYLE'S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER'
With the challenges of the pandemic, has it altered your perspective on life and relationships? Do you see it influencing what you write about?
Tbh, I was spending a lot of time alone in my room already before the pandemic hit, so it wasn’t a huge deal for me. There were a lot of opportunities I missed because of it, but I am always trying to have a positive mindset so I am sure it will all turn out good and work out in the way it is supposed to. But of course it influences also my writing. I write about what I am experiencing, so after a few weeks at home my creativity wasn’t on its peak lol.
With more down time this year due to the pandemic, people have placed their energy on things they previously didn't have time to focus on. What is something you’ve been able to connect with that you wouldn’t normally have time for or even think about?
It actually allowed me to reconnect with some of my best friends who came back home from their studies abroad because of the situation. And also with my family, who I naturally spent a lot of time with during the pandemic. In some way I appreciated that life was slowing down for a moment.
Fast forward several months down the road. The vaccine is here, America has fully opened! What’s first on your bucket list?
Flying over to visit my Dad in Portland, Maine and spending time in New York and L.A. writing new music and catching up with everybody, as I had planned and was really hyped about back in March, but those plans had been kinda crashed lol.
Of the talented artists, songwriters, and producers out there is there someone you would really love to collaborate with next?
This is a difficult question, because there are so many artists I look up to from all different genres and with whom it would be a dream to collaborate. I’m a huge Goody Grace fan. He inspired me a lot finding my own musical style over the past years. Collaborating with him would be a dream. Another artist I’m dreaming about to work with is G Eazy, I feel his music on a different level. I’ve also listened to Gracie Abrams a lot lately, and would go crazy if I had the chance to do a song with her.
I don’t listen to EDM that much anymore, but since I used to when I started producing and writing my own songs, collaborating with Martin Garrix or ODESZA would also make a dream come true. Oh, and Kanye, cause he is a Genius.
As we head into the second half of the year, what can fans expect from you for the remainder of 2020?
I have finished my first EP over the last months and it will be out this year. I don’t wanna tell too much, but I am so excited to finally share it. It’s the result of the last 2 years of my life and the attempt to put my experiences and emotions into words music. I feel a strong personal connection to the songs so I really can’t wait to share them with the world.
CLIDE's Top 5 songs this summer:
- G-Eazy “All The Things You’re Searching For”
- ford. “Bedford Falls”
- Gracie Abrams “Friend”
- Dominic Fike “why”
- Jeremy Zucker “supercuts”
Listen to all of our featured artist’s favorite songs of the summer on our special Spotify playlist.
clide’s ‘Firsts and Favorites’
First concert: Macklemore, when I was 16.
Favorite Album: G-Eazy ‘Everything’s Strange Here’ (at the moment).
First song you fell in love with: Hard to say, but I remember I heard the song “Dead and Gone” by Justin Timberlake & TI on the radio once when I was really young and absolutely fell in love with it. Unfortunately I didn’t have any device back then to listen or even find out the name of the song, which really sucked, but coincidently I found it again when I had my first iPod a few years later, so that made me very happy.
Favorite Concert: Macklemore, cause it was my first and really impressed me.
First performance: Open Mic in a small Bar with 15 people in the audience (my parents inclusive).
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