Born in Valera, Douglas Carrillo has developed for several years a constant and eclectic career. Rock, pop and electronicshave been the main musical genres that have served to channel and build his identity as an artist. Between 2013 and 2015 he was part of the rock group Aguacate Azulwith which he toured various venues in Venezuela as well as releasing the live EP ‘’Sesiones en vivo’’.
In parallel, a surgical electronic experiment can be found in the corners of the Internet to be heard. He currently resides in Panama and in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic he released the first single of his new project. Under the pseudonym Khaleydos is a sound concentration that deposits all the emotionality of a nomadic being that confronts itself in an abstract reality mixing dirty and dry sounds of the 70’s drums with disco tints and the melodic beauty of the 80’s synths with some elements of Latin
YMX: Hey Khaleydos, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
KHALEYDOS: Thank you very much for giving me this space, and well, I currently live in Panama and all this quarantine thing was quite bad for musicians in general, I released my first single on April 11, 2020 in the middle of the pandemic and it was hard to promote it, also that no concerts could be held anywhere so the traditional way of showing your music no longer worked. So, I decided to release one more song and stop the project until 2021 as I became more familiar with how to promote my music in this situation which was frustrating for me and I imagine many more musicians out there. but well, we are already in 2021 and there is nothing left but to start again, I hope soon to be launching many more songs and other surprises! after all, music is one of those things that is always with us in strange / dark times like this, both for those who enjoy composing it and for those who enjoy listening to it.
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
KHALEYDOS: well, I started learning to play guitar at the age of 15 and the next year I was recording very simple songs in a cheap DAW called Mixcraft and that’s how my nerdy obsession with this whole world of music production began. despite some situations of daily life such as work, etc. and others more complicated. In my case, the forced migration from Venezuela due to the political situation made me have to stop for a while. and an episode that inspired me and made me realize that I had to do this again was when I travelled to Costa Rica in 2019 for a Foo Fighters concert (one of my favorite bands in the world) and during the concert I just thought: you need to start to write again when you get home!
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
KHALEYDOS: oh man, you guys make it hard for me with only 3! at this time! Dave Grohl: what can I say? it’s Dave Grohl Childish Gambino: he is an exceptional artist! the way he creates his music I love it! Based on a pop sound without being too exaggerated, vintage elements and hip hop, it is simply incredible. Kevin Parker: This guy makes Tame Impala sound like everything but at the same time like nothing you’ve ever heard, for me he’s the perfect combination between a very organic and tape sound with current pop, he’s a genius without a doubt.
YMX: You recently released (or will release soon) ‘GOLDEN’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
KHALEYDOS: GOLDEN is about those fleeting moments of love with someone you will never see again. Is one of the songs that got stuck last year, and it’s the first of several that I plan to release this year in order to compile them into an EP.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
KHALEYDOS: in this case it was not so bad because I have a home studio. But what I regret is not being able to go to a large Studio to record the drums, I had to use my electric drum kit with some Vst and luckily I already had hits from other drums that I recorded in 2019. And the only experience working remotely was with a friend from Venezuela who is currently in Argentina, with whom I make a featuring for another of the songs that will come out this year. She has a home studio as well so it wasn’t so difficult to work that way.
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
KHALEYDOS: Of course, due to how difficult it is to perform live in front of people right now, it is one of the options that I consider the most to do a live performance.
YMX: Since pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
KHALEYDOS: Yes, as I said before, I stopped everything I wanted to do in 2020 to try to learn how the heck to do music promotion with this problem of the pandemic and social isolation and not having enough money to pay for an expensive music promotion. and I think one of the keys now more than ever is consistency in content! develop your artist / band image with colours that identify what you are doing with your music, treat yourself as a brand and if you work for a month and only have a single new follower on Spotify or Instagram, don’t give up, that’s stressful? yes! but just keep doing it
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
KHALEYDOS: The main goal for this year is to release all that material that I have and start exploiting the world of professional livestreams and connect with the audience. I want to make people dance. 🙂