CID Talks Best Remix Grammy Nomination, New Label & Making It on His Own


Carlos Cid gained his first Grammy in 2014, however he didn't rise up onstage to simply accept the award. His title wasn't pulled from any envelopes. His title wasn't even on the nomination. Technically, Cedric Gervais gained the Grammy for greatest remixed recording, non-classical for his work on Lana Del Rey's “Summertime Sadness,” and as a non-credited co-producer, CID's win got here in a little bit of shadow.

“At the stage that I used to be, it wasn't a possibility that might have come to me,” Cid tells Billboard Dance. “It was an incredible expertise again then, as a result of it gave me that confidence to say, 'Hey, I labored on this with Cedric and it received right here. I can do that for myself.' It was type of a leaping level the place I stated, 'I actually wish to focus by myself profession.'”

It's been a aim of Cid's to get again to the Grammy Awards in his personal highlight ever since. He thought it would take 10 years or so, however come Feb. 10, he'll attain that bar method forward of schedule, as he stands alongside Kaskade, Mura Masa, EDX and Cosmic Gate because the nominees for greatest remixed recording, non-classical as soon as extra.

In 2019, CID is up for his remix of LSD's “Audio.” LSD is the pop powerhouse trio Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, and the latter has been steadily supportive of Cid's profession, first enjoying his remixes, then extra of his originals earlier than he lastly reached out concerning the “Audio” rework alternative.

“Sia and Labrinth are each artists that I believe are on the high of every thing,” he says. “Her voice is unbelievable. His voice is unbelievable. They're each unbelievable songwriters. It was a kind of that I undoubtedly was actually excited to be part of.”

In 2018, Cid refocused his vitality into home tracks for the membership. With “Audio,” he amped the radio ballad's tempo and electrified its melodies with cinematic builds and a cool hook. It performs nicely off the unique sentiment however kicks it into actual dance flooring territory. It was one in every of a handful of remixes from CID that 12 months, nevertheless it was the one everybody saved congratulating him on, even earlier than the Grammy nod. He nonetheless by no means would have imagined it could get this recognition.

“I used to be in mattress sleeping,” he says of when he received the information. “I'm a reasonably deep sleeper, however my cellphone saved buzzing and I used to be like, 'what the hell is occurring?' I used to be within the studio late the evening earlier than, and I've by no means been a morning individual. After my cellphone went off like 5 instances, I appeared and noticed a bunch of missed calls. It was only a bunch of pals, different artists. Then I couldn't return to sleep.”

He's not nervous concerning the occasion, and he doesn't see the win as a necessity. He's made it again the place he needed to be, getting the popularity from the general public years forward of the place he thought he may be. He's much more targeted on the long run, working steadily on new originals and placing the ultimate work in on a label set to launch in 2019.

“The label's simply going to be strictly membership stuff,” he says. “I wish to develop one thing like what Don Diablo did with Hexagon, what Steve Angello did with Size, what Tiesto did with Musical Freedom; create a platform for different artists that I can develop on the label.”

The label will even launch a radio present on Diplo's Revolution channel on SiriusXM in February, so it doesn't matter what occurs on the Grammys, Cid is aware of his wins aren't over. Tune in to the Grammy awards Sunday, Feb. 10, to see who takes house the trophy, and hearken to CID's remix of "Audio" from LSD under.