Getting to Know CID
What do you do when a hula hoop comes rolling in your direction? Well for Brooklyn based DJ/Producer Brian Cid aka CID, his instinct was to grab the flow toy and try it out. He didn’t do very well, but after his attempt CID and I sat down for an interview at React Presents’ Spring Awakening Music Festival at Addams/Medill Park in Chicago. The all electronic festival went off without a hitch for its 5 year anniversary, and CID’s set was the perfect addition to the celebration. Check out our chat below.
SR: What do you think of Spring Awakening so far?
CID: Oh, it’s awesome. It’s my first time here. I’ve played a couple shows in Chicago, supporting Kaskade on his tour. It’s awesome to come back here again. We did those in October and February, so it’s awesome to be out here, outside, really get to see Chicago in the Spring.
SR: Where are you from?
CID: New York, born and raised.
SR: So you’re an East Coast guy?
SR: Have you ever thought about West Coast?
CID: Yeah I have, I feel like – especially as a DJ/Producer – LA is the place to be, but I find that being in NY is inspiring in a lot of ways. Being around different people and everything is so fast-paced all the time.
SR: Do you like the fast-paced life?
SR: Don’t be mad – is it an unwritten rule that DJs always have to wear black?
CID: [Laughs] It’s not, and I think it now gets made fun of. I try and switch it up. [Gestures to his dark army green jacket] I’ve got green on!
SR: When you’re playing in a large setting like a festival or an event where there are a lot of other DJs, do you play what you want to play or do you cater to the feel of the event?
CID: I think as a DJ you’ve got to kind of see who you’re playing in front of. I’m not going to play the same set that I would a small club, because in a crowd like this they’re here to go crazy so I would play something different.
SR: Yeah, it seems your set was a little harder than what you normally release.
SR: Which do you prefer?
CID: I like both. I haven’t played a lot of festivals, so I’m having a lot of fun playing them. It’s a lot of fun. There’s definitely – I have a good time playing a tech-ier set, but the main stage is awesome.
SR: What are you most excited for the rest of this summer? What do you have going on?
CID: I did these supporting tours and now I’m at this point where I’m starting to do my own headline shows. So I’m really excited to go back to these cities as the headliner, it’s an awesome feeling. And also, I have a bunch of festivals lined up so I’m really excited to play all those.
SR: Which festival are you most excited for?
CID: Um…this one? [Laughs] I’m really excited for this one…what else is coming up…I kind of played the ones I was most excited for already.
SR: Which one?
CID: Sunset in Tampa. I’m playing a festival in New York, so I’m really excited for that one. Billboard Hot 100 Festival it’s at Jones Beach in New York. I don’t know if you’re from there, but it’s where I used to go growing up. They have an amphitheater so it’s really cool to go back to New York and play a festival, so it’s awesome.
SR: What was the dumbest question you’ve been asked?
CID: They asked me what it was like to do a collab with Tiesto. I was like, “I’ve never done a collab with Tiesto.”
SR: Oh, rough.
CID: I put a song out on his label, but that’s it.
SR: Where do you play the most?
CID: I don’t know. I think New York maybe, but it’s an interesting place. If you’re from New York you kind of have to go other places then come back and play. Actually maybe Miami. They were kind of early supporters of me at Live, a club in Miami. They put me on early and did a lot of back to back headline shows with a good friend of mine. I’ll be heading back at the end of August, so I’d have to say Miami.
SR: What is the scariest thing about doing music full time?
CID: Definitely when you’re starting out it’s like, “Is this going to work out?” When you first declare that this is what I want to do in life. I went to school for Accounting and I finished, so when I graduated all my friends were like “Are you going to apply for any jobs?” and I said, “No, I’m going to pursue music.” So there was a point where all my friends were doing really well in their careers and I’m wondering if I was going to make it or not…and then you need to have confidence in yourself and work your ass off. But that’s the scariest thing, that transition of “I want to do this the rest of my life. Can I turn it into a career for myself?”
SR: At what point were you thinking “Oh shit, I actually can do this full time?”
CID: Definitely when Kaskade asked me to do a collab with him, and we did “Us.” He took me on his Automatic Tour. That was the moment I was like things are looking pretty good.
Now you have to teach me how to hula hoop!
I can do that!
Following a quick hula hoop lesson, we concluded that CID should stick to music. His latest track “Together” is out now. Check out his Soundcloud for more!