April 18, 2022
NYC-based artist CID is a GRAMMY-winning producer and tastemaker label owner who’s boundless sound encompasses everything from after-hours house/tech house to crossover dance hits. One of the most in-demand DJs in dance music today, he’s performed at global festivals, including EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland and Bonnaroo, and has headlined international clubs and venues.
Winning a Grammy for my work with Cedric Gervais on his remix of Lana Del Rey - “Summertime Sadness” in 2013. Then returning for my second Nomination, this time under my own name for Remix of the Year with my Remix of LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) - “Audio”
Start to finish Producing / Mixing my releases under my artist project CID.
I started out first as a DJ at a young age, and that sparked my interest in Music Production. I grew up in Queens, NY and was exposed to all kinds of different music. From 90s Hiphop to Latin Music (Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia), but I always gravitated to House Music as it was what I loved to play the most. I think the main progression for me has been the idea of fusing different genres into House Music when I am producing.
I was lucky to have a few. The first was after college having a chance encounter with a friend from high school. His dad owns a studio in New York where I was able to get an internship at and really learn about engineering. From there it was all just a series of meeting different people that helped me progress as a producer.
I always try to do everything in the music process, but because of that I can lose perspective of the final Mix and how it should sound. Stepping away, and coming back to finish something after not hearing it for a few days really helps. Also referencing on different monitors and headphones is really important for me to get through and finish a song.
I have a few pieces of outboard but I love working in the box. I use a lot of the Plugin Alliance Bundle, Fabfilter, and there’s a few key UAD plugins that always go on my master that I couldn’t live without.
Be patient. It’s easy to want to rush to success, but the best thing you can do is perfect your craft, make your sound undeniable, and be ready to keep the momentum of music releases going once you have a breakthrough song.
My entire setup is on my laptop. I travel a lot, so headphones are very important. I use them when I am on the road in hotel rooms, or anywhere I may be working remote from. I also use them as another reference point, it’s a lot easier for me to listen for certain details in headphones vs. on monitors.
I am absolutely loving the LCD-X. When I first got them, I jumped right in on a mix and decided to trust them 100% and see how the mix sounded in the end. Without referencing my monitors at all, I was extremely happy with how the mix turned out. I’ve always struggled to trust headphones, making working on music when I'm traveling nearly impossible. Now with the LCD-X I don't have to worry about not being in my studio, and can get great results wherever I go.