Written Lauren Rosier
Up and coming alt-pop artist, Kyd the Band, (a.k.a. Devin Guisande) announces that their new EP, Season 3: The Realization, and a new single, “Corridors,” is out now. The track was co-written by Adam Friedman and Kevin Griffin was produced entirely via Zoom. The song has Guisande attempting to break from his “mental prison,” but instead of remaining trapped in your old memories, the track encourages the listener to keep your head up, and push positively forward against the odds.
Speaking about the new track, Guisande says, “I’m excited because sonically it’s the product of where I’ve been up until now merged with my first two EPs. Lyrically, it’s about realizing there are spaces in my mind I’ve created for people who have hurt me, specifically from my upbringing and formative years. It’s the starting point for the message of identity and self-acceptance, the intro to Season 3: The Realization.”
Guisande hopes that his music creates an intimate connection with his audience. “With everything I write, I try to write directly from my life and what’s in my heart,” says Guisande. “I’d love for my music to reach all the kids like me, who are maybe questioning what they were raised to believe or feel like they haven’t found where they belong just yet. I hope those kinds of people hear what I have to say, and see a bit of their own story in my songs.”
Born into a Filipino/Spanish family, Guisande‘s was closely involved with the Pentecostal Church, he learned how to play the drums at age 10 and later took on piano and guitar. When he was 16 years old, he co-founded a band with his brother, Kyle, on guitar, and began writing songs of his own. “I didn’t even know who Kanye West was till I was 18,” notes Guisande, who was forbidden to watch movies or listen to secular music.
As the years went by, Guisande experienced a life-changing transformation when he left the church, and he moved away from home. “I’d thought I was going to be a preacher when I got older, but I started questioning everything and just completely changed the whole trajectory of my life,” he says.
At 19, with a bunch of self-recording songs in his possession, he moved to Los Angeles, and fully took on his dream of becoming a musician. In 2013, he felt decamped by Los Angeles, and headed to Nashville. At that point, the brothers resumed their music, rented an apartment, worked 40+ hours per week, and then continued songwriting in the evening after work. The brothers were both too broke to afford beds, so they slept on the floor, but that didn’t keep them from continuing their dream.
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