KYD THE BAND GOES BACK TO HIS “ROOTS” IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO – WATCH HERE
SEASON 3: THE REALIZATION OUT NOW VIA SONY MUSIC:
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Alt-pop act Kyd the Band (aka Devin Guisande) pays homage to his hometown of Loomis, Sacramento and all the things that grounded him in the official video for “Roots” out now via Sony Music. Featured on the latest Season 3: The Realization EP, “Roots” is an unapologetic track underlining the internal struggles of faith, identity, and self-acceptance. The companion video (directed by Garret Hayes) unlocks yet another episode for listeners in the series and offers further insight on Kyd the Band’s incredible journey. From being a pastor’s son in the Pentecostal Church to prospective professional baseball player to singer-songwriter who has toured with and worked with the likes of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, gnash, NF, Lennon Stella, ROZES, among others, Kyd the Band asserts “Nobody’s gonna dig my roots up… And as seasons change, they still won’t break me down…”
The visual gives an intimate glimpse into Kyd the Band’s childhood and previously undocumented origin story. As Devin walks through his hometown, he stands firm in front of buildings that are close to his heart – his childhood home that his family lost in the 2008 economic crash, his baseball field, his local church – and confidently chants “My feet are buried in the ground, they’ll be like that long as I’m around.” Speaking on these key locations and influences, Devin divulges “I became obsessed with the drums at around one or two. That turned into me playing drums in my church at ten. My first real passion was baseball though. That’s what I wanted to do for a career.” He continues, “When that path was removed from my life, I turned to music and realized I could be just as passionate about it.”
With unabashed honesty in his lyrics and broad range across his collection, pulling from his early gospel influences and incorporating alt-rock, R&B, and pop elements, Kyd the Band’s music is an ideal soundtrack to finding your place in an often-chaotic world. With the new genre-blending EP Season 3: The Realization (released on October 16th), the up-and-comer illuminates his vulnerability, self-reflection, and ultimate realization across 6 tracks. “‘Season 3: The Realization’ is me taking everything else before this and making sense of it,” says Guisande. “The Intro was my childhood and upbringing, Character Development was going out on my own and the start of me trying to become me, The Realization is now.”
This new season kicks off with upbeat pop-rock single “Corridors.” The song – co-written with Adam Friedman (Allen Stone, Mike Posner) and Kevin Griffin (The Night Game, Moon Taxi) – invites you on a trip into his mind, painting a vivid picture of his ever-evolving self and ongoing struggles. “It’s like a prison in my head, some days I can’t get out of bed…” croons Guisande on the all too relatable intro of the track. Instead of remaining trapped in old memories, Kyd the Band encourages his listeners to keep their head up and positively push forward against the odds. The newly released “Roots” single and video follows “Make It In America” produced by Mark Nilan (Lady Gaga, Zedd) – one of the most personal songs to date in Kyd the Band’s discography, based on when the singer-songwriter was just 16 years old and his family lost everything they owned. Other tracks include groove-heavy “Love Someone Else” co-written with Jimmy Robbins (Dan + Shay, Kelly Clarkson, Sabrina Carpenter), “The Way The World Is” co-written with Christian Medice (The Aces, Dixie D’Amelio), and slow-burner “I’ll Stay” – a touching song on being there for your loved ones when you’re needed most.
With each season, Devin reveals more of himself as he finds the confidence to delve deep into his tumultuous past from a socially isolated childhood, to leaving his home and family; overcoming a drug overdose to then finally finding solace in music and healthy relationships. Likewise, he hopes that by unveiling his experiences, he will forge an open dialogue with his fan base – inspiring his listeners to reflect and grow from past experiences.
About Kyd the Band
The Nashville-based and Sacramento-raised singer-songwriter didn’t fail to impress with his spellbinding Season 2: Character Development EP (released on May 29, 2020 via Sony Music). The 6-track collection included “Heartbreak Anthem” – his collaboration with gnash which landed on over 15 New Music Friday playlists including Spotify’s New Music Friday (US). Season 2: Character Development EP followed on from Kyd the Band’s debut EP Season 1: The Intro. At the top of the year, Kyd the Band supported NF as well as Lennon Stella on their huge international tours in addition to his own solo sold out hometown show. With three years on the scene, he’s also gained support from MTV’s TRL / Fresh Out host Kevan Kenney and press coverage from American Songwriter, Clash, Complex, Culture Collide, Earmilk, Flaunt, Forbes, HollywoodLife, House Of Solo, idobi Radio, Noctis Magazine, Notion, Ones To Watch, Popular TV, UPROXX, and more. A deft songwriter, Devin has penned tracks for artists as eclectic as hip-hop legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and German DJ Robin Schulz as well as gnash, NF, and ROZES. Channeling his experiences and lessons learned into his work, Kyd the Band’s music radiates a hard-won positivity that inspires anyone to live more boldly.
Born into a Filipino/Spanish family aligned with the Pentecostal Church, Guisande got his start playing drums at the age of ten and later took up piano and guitar. At age 16 he co-founded a band with his guitar-playing brother Kyle and began writing songs of his own, relying almost entirely on instinct rather than mining influence from other artists (“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). Over the next few years, Guisande experienced a life-changing transformation as he left the church he was raised in and 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.
With a batch of self-recorded songs under his belt, Guisande headed to Los Angeles at age 19 and fully devoted himself to pushing forward with his music career. But while his non-stop hustle scored him meetings with a number of industry heavyweights, he felt increasingly disillusioned by the L.A. scene and decamped to Nashville in 2013. When his brother followed him to Tennessee a year later, the two resumed the musical partnership they’d formed as teenagers. Too broke to afford beds, the siblings shared an apartment and slept on the floor, working full-time jobs all day and spending every night writing songs. Against the odds, the multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter clocked in +40 hours a week while working on music each hour he had left to spare.
After suffering a series of false starts, the duo linked up with DJ/producer and frequent Scott Storch-collaborator Avedon, who enlisted their songwriting talents for the 2017 comeback album from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It was his time in the studio as a songwriter that shaped his now solo career and gave way for his first support slot on tour with NF under the Kyd the Band moniker. Fast forward 2 years, Kyd the Band’s debut single “American Dreamer” has amassed over 3 million streams independently while his slew of major label releases (sans Kyle who left the band amicably in 2017) landed him on playlists like Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’ and ‘The A-List: Pop’ numerous times. Racking up over 12 million collective streams, the 2019 single “Easy” with Elley Duhé was one of the most played tracks on German radio that year and landed Kyd the Band on the cover of Spotify’s official ‘Swag’ playlist.
Kyd the Band’s music is an ideal soundtrack to finding your place in an often-chaotic world and likewise the artist 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.”
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