Eddie the Kidd channels heartbreak though dream-pop.

If you’ve ever fallen in love, but it didn’t end in happily ever after, chances are you’ve encountered a monster hiding deep inside yourself. The kind of creature who feasts on joy and attempts to steal a happy future you have yet to manifest, but somehow you miraculously survived to tell the tale.

Up and coming singer Eddie the Kidd (@eddiethekiddmusic on Instagram) knows a thing or two about love loss. He poured heartache into his new album, Sleep Talk, out now. We caught up with Eddie the Kidd ahead of its premiere to offer some insight. Give it a play, then read our interview together below:

Your new album ‘Sleep Talk’ has a dreamy, synthy vibe. It’s very cohesive-sounding! What do you want people to take away from it after listening?

This album was actually the outcome of a break-up. I started journaling throughout the process and in doing so I started facing a slow mental health decline. I continued to write my thoughts and feelings down which in turn fueled me to write a whole album. I want others to hear these songs and realize that they’re not alone— we’re all human. I’m naturally a very laid back guy who’s always down to clown and have fun, but after the break-up I was left questioning a lot of things within myself. My hope is that this album opens the door to these conversations and shines a light on things we don’t like to talk about. 

Why the name ‘Sleep Talk?’

If you listen carefully, a lot of the songs have lines that mention ‘talking in my sleep’ or the feeling of ‘loosing sleep’ which ties in with the state of my mental health after the break-up at that time. I had nights where my anxiety was so bad I couldn’t sleep or focus on anything other that my thoughts. 

What do you want people to know about it in relation to you?

I want people to see a side of me that I don’t usually show. The side of me that has a lot to say about love and loss, amongst other things. The whole album isn’t as dark as it sounds, I have a couple of cute bops on there that I wrote about my current love life. I just want people to hear it and see that I’m much more complex than just someone who can play a few notes on the piano. Haha 

Why should people listen to ‘Sleep Talk?

People should give it a chance. There’s so much out there right now and I’d like to think that I’m creating a space within the pop landscape for others to join the party but also feel sad if they want. I’m not someone who’s gonna sing about partying and having fun all the time, there’s already so much of that. I’m gonna sing about other issues and hope others can connect with me and know that the door is open if they ever need someone to confide in both musically and personally. 

What are some of the personal experiences from your life that can be heard on the album?

 A break-up, finding love again, but also growing up in general and navigating the feelings that come with that. 

I know they’re all your babies, but what song means the most to you? Why’s that?

I think it would have to be the song ‘Cool’. It was my second single off the album and the closing track to the album. During my process of creating this album and my continuous writing, I found myself again. ‘Cool’ is a song about realizing your self-worth, accepting that things are what they are and being confident that you’re still THAT *****. It’s my ‘Thank U Next’ if you will. Haha 

There’s a bit of Gotye influence on “Hurt You.” Tell me how that came about.

Honestly, it was accidental. When I first came up with the concept, I wanted something big and dramatic. I wasn’t sure where it would go but I’m happy with the outcome. 

What do you consider being successful in music means to you now?

Connecting with others and being sincere— whether that’s an individual or a stadium full of people. I’m not just talking about musically but personally, being transparent and authentic goes a long way. There’s so many artists who are very surface level and it gets old quick. There’s a particular artist that I have in mind when I answer this question: Gregory Dillon.  His music is amazing but his presence is untouchable, it’s insane. He’s always so genuine and you can tell he loves what he does. I honestly aspire to be on the same level he’s on. I want others to know that they aren’t just ‘listeners’ they’re my family, they’re all growing with me and I can’t thank them enough for not just believing in me but also sticking around. I love the people around you who are helping you as an artist and prioritize authenticity. 

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