I’m Khid Nando and I’m from Huntley, IL.
I started recording in January of 2017, my first song was “Overseas.”
I’m a rapper and I draw inspiration from hip-hop and alternative rock.
The first time I ever performed was at a talent show when I was about 10 years old- I dyed my hair green and played the electric guitar.
Back then was when I first started writing songs on my guitar. However, I didn’t become serious about music until I was about 19 years old, living in Chicago, and attending DePaul university.
As a creative it’s often hard to label yourself as one thing – what all do you create?
I write songs and rap my own lyrics.
My style combines elements from hip-hop and alternative rock because that’s what I grew up listening to. My songs are eclectic, sometimes I’m rapping and sometimes I’m drifting into the melodic trap-pop space.
When did you decide to take the rap route seriously?
I started writing lyrics a lot in late 2016 and that was when I started to rap and freestyle. Soon after, I started performing regularly at different open mics around Chicago. I quickly became a regular and started building my own reputation.
What makes you different/ what’s your unique style?
Something that sets me apart from other artists is my lyrics, everything I write has a meaning.
I want to entertain people with my music but I also want to connect with them. The way I achieve that is by putting my heart into my songs.
Another characteristic that stands out about me is my stage presence. I take hold of the reins when I’m on the microphone and control the crowd. 😎
Any projects recent or future you’re excited about?
I’m excited to release my next single and music video “Pipe Dreams.”
This song is inspired by the people who say my dreams are unrealistic, that being a rapper is just a pipe dream.
I know the path I’ve chosen comes with risk and uncertainty but I believe in myself and my ability to change the world with my music. Beyond the meaning of the title, my next single is inspired by the mixed emotions that come with being an independent person.
What are some of your inspirations in creation or life in general?
I have a lot of inspirations but a big one right now is Femdot.
We attended DePaul at the same time a few years ago and I’m a fan of him. I saw him perform a few times at the student center for the BSU open mics and his presence was always extraordinary. I’m inspired by his ability to tell stories in his music and like Fem, I want to paint a picture with my songs.
What’s something you’d go back & tell yourself at the start of it all?
If I could go back in time and give myself advice , I would say to invest in a home studio. It’s more efficient and effective to learn to record yourself than to have to pay for studio time in my opinion.
Something else I want readers to know is I’m a Latino, Chicago artist.
Even though I’m from Huntley, Chicago is my second home and it’s always been a big part of my life. I love the city and it shaped me as a person.
Where can readers find you?
Readers can follow me @khidnando on all social media sites and listen to my music on all streaming platforms under my name Khid Nando.