Norwegian electronic musician and producer Peder Losnegård, or better known by his moniker Lido developed his musical talent since early age.
As the son of a gospel director, Lido got into music through playing drums as well as piano. He also started to compose songs at a young age.
Lido signed a record deal with Universal Music Norway at the age of 16, releasing several singles along the way including “Fake ID” (Kidz in the Club) and “Once Upon a Time” featuring Bjørn Johan Muri.
Fast forward today, Lido is now one of the key faces of a new generation, reinventing the perception of electronic music.
Last year, the Norwegian artiste has embarked on a sold-out US tour, produced for Chance the Rapper and A$AP Mob, while also executive producing Halsey’s “Badlands”.
Currently living between LA, New York and Norway, as a producer and artiste, Lido released his debut album “Everything” last year, while the remix version of the album was released this year.
How do you feel coming to Malaysia and seeing your fans here for the first time?
I’m super excited; I didn’t even know I have fans out there! After found out about it now, I’m really excited to come and meet everybody and play music.
What have you heard about Malaysia and what do you expect to experience here?
I have no idea what to expect yet. I’m super interested in the culture and food. I love travelling and trying a bunch of different things everywhere that I go. So I have no idea what to expect yet, but I’m really excited and ready to see what Malaysia has to offer.
What can we expect from your upcoming performance at Good Vibes Festival Malaysia?
A lot of crazy energy and a lot of different instrument; I’m going to be playing a lot of instrument and running around, and there’s only going to be me on the stage, but I bring a lot of stuffs with me , so I’m going to have a lot of fun with that.
You can expect a lot of emotion because I write music that is very important and very personal to me. I usually will have some emotional time on stage. So there’s going to be a lot of crazy emotions as well. I think I’m going to be playing most of the songs from my album and maybe some new music that people haven’t heard before.
You got involved in the music scene at quite a young age, and reached national fame in Norway when you were a teenager. How do you feel about that and did the huge fame affect you in anyway?
I think it was really good practice. I learned a lot about myself and about performing music and being an artiste. Even though I was a pretty big artiste in Norway, that’s still a very small country, so I never felt like I was famous. I think I always felt like I was very fortunate to get to do music for my job.
From a drummer to a rapper to an EDM artiste, how was the transition?
Quite smooth, honestly. I think the drumming part was the foundation. I think rhythm to me is probably the most important part of music. The rapper part was a very short period of my life, but I do feel that I’m going to start singing more and more again.
The things that I found out through being a drummer were that I love music so much but I have to write it. That’s why I became an EDM producer because I wanted to write the music. One year after being a producer, you can kind of control everything yourself, and get it exactly the way that want it. That was a really good feeling to me. I think the transition was pretty smooth, they all play apart in my life, and I’m happy that I’ve gone through all the things that I’ve gone through.
As a rapper your name was Lil’P, how did it become Lido?
It’s kind of random. When I was 12 or 13, I travelled to Kenya, and I did a project in the slums of Kenya, a musical project with a charity organisation. I met this little boy in Kenya who was probably 7 or 8 years old, and he gave me the name Lido. I never really understood exactly what it meant but he sort of gave me that name and I really liked it. So I got stuck with it since then, and now all my friends call me Lido.
Growing up in Norway, how is the rap scene there? Is it as lively as it is in the states?
Nope, definitely a lot smaller. Norway is a small country in general, so most of my music education was generally from the internet. I often googled different genres of music and artistes, and looking at a lot of videos on YouTube, and discovering music online – that was my main source of inspiration and education.
The scene in Norway definitely exists, and there are a lot of very talented people in Norway working in all genres of music, but I grew up in a very small town up in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere. So I didn’t have many people around me that were in the community to teach me all these different genres of music. So I ended up teaching myself with the internet.
It’s been almost a year since your album “Everything” first came out. Looking back, are you happy with how it came out? Do you ever listen back and wish you could’ve made certain changes?
I’m very happy with how it came out. When I put it out, I realised it was kind of experimental, and a bit challenging. I wanted to make a statement with this album because it was really important to me to make it for personal reasons. It was my heart and my soul. So I think that I’m very happy with just creating the album and putting it out. And I’m also very happy with what people have said about it, so I don’t think I would change anything about it.
You released the album last year, and this year you released “Everything Remixed”. How do you feel having other people remixing the songs differently from how you intended them to be? Are you satisfied with the outcome?
It was really important to me to have a remix album because when I first started making electronic music, that’s how I got attention from other producers, and that’s how I started to get fans, and build a following – it was through doing remixes for other people. I am fortunate enough to have other people show my music to their fans, because I owe so much to the game of remixes, it was important to me to carry on that tradition and have other people do remixes for me. So that’s the reason why I did it.
To be honest, it was kind of scary to do it, because it was a very emotional music and important to me, but I’m very happy with the outcome. I’m very fortunate that a bunch of people that I look up to and people that I’m friends with, wanted to interpret my music through their music.
A lot of the electronic artistes are not recording albums because of the short attention span of the listeners, what made you as a new artiste – want to record a full length album?
I think that’s going to change very soon, because we saw for a long time when the radio was very important. But when people’s attention spans started to get shorter, artistes weren’t able to do albums anymore. But now, with all the streaming services, people started to use playlist more because of how well-done the playlist is, so you can kind of relate that to an album.
The playlists that are very popular right now are kind of like very well curated album. But I think people are going to start listening to albums again because the market is so over saturated. If you put out one song, you’re competing with hundreds of other songs that come out on the same day. So I think it’s important to put out a good body of work so that people can use it, same way that they use a playlist.
So I think it’s going to change very soon. And also, I just love making album. I like albums more than single song.