REID – Wellington’s brand new pop artist already making moves
On the 8th of April this year, new up and coming acoustic pop artist REID made his debut into the music scene with his brand new single ‘Savannah’. Branching out from his usual style, ‘Savannah’ incorporates a more R&B-pop sound drawing inspiration from 808 beats and pulling sounds from Spanish Flamenco music.
About REID – Based in Wellington, New Zealand, REID was introduced to music at a young age; “My whole family’s musical – Dad bought me a guitar when I was 10 and he taught me a few chords and it kind of just sparked from there.” Growing up, REID was inspired largely by artists like Ed Sheeran, which is evident in the acoustic-pop sound that his songs typically encapsulate. He infuses upbeat pop with simple, relatable lyrics with the intent of getting people to sing and dance along. Towards the end of high school was when REID realised that he wanted to turn his passion for singing and songwriting into a career, and so travelled to Wellington to study performance music. In terms of where he sees himself headed in the future, REID shares “My ultimate goal would be to put New Zealand on the map as a place where largely successful artists can come out of because that has been pretty rare in the past.”
By Olivia Cross