Cedric Steinmyller or better known as KLINGANDE, is one of the promising talents in the house genre. His all-time hit song called ‘Jubel’, propelled him to stardom which was actually a follow-up from his debut single ‘Punga’ in 2012. While gathering attention from fans and producers alike, he has toured the world performing at Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival and more. What makes Klingande a standout artist in house, is his tasteful live instrumentations on stage whether it be the saxophone or a harmonica. We got a chance to meet him in person to discuss his origins and latest record “Rebel Yell” before his performance at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco this past weekend.
How did you get started with music in the beginning?
I started playing piano when I was really young and then later in my life discovered SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA and other kinds of music. I started DJing but it was something I didn't really want to do because I wanted to make and play my own music. I ended up attending a music school in London and two months after I finished I produced “Punga”. I was already producing in my room before I went to school in London. I didn't learn everything in one year, I started very young.
Who or what would you say is your biggest musical inspiration?
When I started it was Swedish Mouse Mafia and Avicii were both my main inspirations. Although I don't make their kind of music, I liked their clever music styles. Then I discovered Bakermat, Kygo, etc. with all the tropical house and saxophone stuff. I knew this was where I wanted to go. I don't want to be stuck in one genre either. My songs have the same vibe but they're all different as well.
Describe to us your sound.
It's a mix of organic sounds with reverb, acoustics and live instrumentation every time. At the end what I want is to be able to perform all my songs on stage and that is why I there is always a live instrument like a piano, saxophone, harmonica, etc. My trademark is to always have live performances. It's easy listening where you can enjoy it anywhere whether it's at the club or at the beach.
What’s the story behind your name?
I was looking for a name and after some time on Google I decided with Klingande which is kind of like when you make a sound on glass. It sounded super cool so I went with it.
Talk to us about your recent record with Krishane on “Rebel Yell”.
I met Krishane a long time ago. Krishane had a song and wanted me to work on it. The song ended up meaning a lot of him and we kept working on it for awhile. He told me one night had a dream that we had already finished making that song together and it was number one. The guy is very talented and he has an amazing voice. I was very impressed by him.
Were you shocked at it reached over 1 million plays on Spotify?
It's always cool. It's a challenge to hit that many plays after a week. If people like it, then it's fine.
Talk to us about your upcoming new video for “Rebel Yell” in Tunis!
Yeah we just finished the filming the final version a week ago. We found an amazing girl to fit the vibe of Klingande. It's built around my logo. We chose Tusin because we wanted to have good weather. There was amazing landscapes. I feel like it may start my acting career!
How was Miami Music Week this year?
It was sold out. All my DJ friends were there like Jonas Blue, The Magician, The Him, Goldfish, etc. It was one of the best parties for sure.
With festival season already here, what festival are you most excited to perform at this year?
Tomorrowland. This year I'm going to play the two weeks on two different stages. I will be able to perform my live show at the live stage.
What is one thing you are currently obsessed with?
To be honest it's all about music. Even when I have time off, when I'm not making music, I'm always checking what's new like a plugin, sound bite, etc. It takes the most time of my life.