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The Rise of K?d and His Upcoming New Orleans Performance

WHO IS THIS K?D? In less than two years he’s gone from Miami rave kid to the hottest non-face in the scene. He’s been hopping around summer festival lineups all year; but now, he’s taking his first headlining tour on the road. His Find Paradise tour comes to the Republic on Friday, Sept. 21.

With a debut EP hot on his heels, it’s obvious he’s been a busy guy. But what do we actually know about him? Since his rise to fame, he’s kept a lot of his personality under wraps. His image nearly never includes his face. He’s often depicted as stylized, anime cartoons hidden in the shadows. The “mystery producer” trend is always great for building hype, but is that the intention?

The Rise of K?d

Patrick Cybulski (better known as K?d) is barely in his 20s. But, he’s already worked with some of the biggest names in EDM including Rezz, The Chainsmokers, Jauz and Varien.

He snuck onto the scene in 2016 with his first release: a remix of Steve James’“Renaissance.” The synth-heavy single is reminiscent of early Madeon or Porter Robinson circa the Worlds album. The track was later included in the singles’ remix package released by Steve James and Ultra Music.

Since then, he’s crafted an oddly diverse catalog: from dance pop to industrial bass and glitch hop; this boy-wonder has covered a variety of musical ground in a short amount of time. He even remixed Daft Punk‘s catchy “Doin’ It Right” and  landed on the Billboard charts with his single “Lose Myself.” His latest single, “A.I.” follows the more industrial edge his music is taking lately.

His new release will be just as versatile. He posted about how the EP will include “five tracks, five genres, five different sides of me.” Accompanying the release is Find Paradise: his very first headlining tour. The tour kicks off September 14th, and travels across 25 cities in less than three months.

While the “mystery producer” theme has various reasonings behind it, it feels like K?d is just using it to find his footing. He won’t be pigeon-held in to being one “genre.” He’s exploring and expanding his role as an artist, and letting the music speak for itself.

Support for his New Orleans performance includes Florida producer SWARM and Louisiana locals Jetllag Girl.


Featured image via artist Facebook page. 

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