20-year-old Kidä's seductive soundscape is an unexpected blend of musical influence. With Egyptian and Italian heritage, and a father who owned a vast vinyl collection of international music, Kidä (aka Ava Leoncavallo) grew up listening to the likes of Ballake Sissoko and Ravi Shankar, while in her teen years she grooved to D'Angelo, Christina Milian and Aaliyah. Drawing on a varied collection of sound has led to Kidä's avant-pop vibe.
Born in New York, she later moved to Los Angeles where as a teen she sang backing vocals for Pharrell, Natasha Bedingfield and Carly Simon. More recently, she made the decision to leave architecture school in London to focus on music. "Snakes" is the first single off Kidä's upcoming debut LP and each shift in sound provides a glimpse into her eclectic sonic universe - a place where R&B, pop, soul, and global beats all pulsate on a smooth, sexy vibration. We recently had a chat over Skype about misogyny in the music industry, singing Chaka Khan covers in a closet, and the story behind her debut single.
Read her interview with I-D here.