Representing Monster Sound, 23-year-old Parssanth Navaratnam who goes by the stage name of Kidd Santhe is slowly but surely making an impressive mark in the local music scene. From a passionate young boy with big dreams, Santhe’s determination proves that hard work and sacrifice go a long way.
We had the opportunity to sit down with the grounded and laid-back rapper as he talked about his music career while giving us a special insight to his Good Vibes Festival (GVF) performance this weekend:
- What made you start pursuing music?
I’ve always been into music since I was 10 years old and started off by beat boxing. I did a lot of performances, joined lots of competitions and also joined a group called Beatnation – that’s when it started evolving into something different. But I haven’t always wanted to become a producer and a recording artist, I initially wanted to be a pilot! Although that didn’t work out due to funds so I guess I decided to fly in a different way.
- Tell us an embarrassing moment that happened to you on stage.
Oh yea, sure *laughs*. So when I was about 19 years old, I was doing my first show where I wore a white shirt. At the time I was dating this girl and my show was in a club where there were a lot of other girls. Fast forward to the end of that show and I went home to my family who congratulated me. Later, I met up with the girl who was eating with a bunch of friends. When I turned to walk to the cashier to pay for the bill, I was unaware that the back of my shirt had a bunch of lipstick and foundation stains on it. So, you know, my girlfriend thought I was cheating but I was actually just in the crowd performing. But right now that girl is in the past so let’s keep it there.
- Give us an insight to a day in the life of Kidd Santhe
Well, I sleep around 5am after watching Mindcraft videos from Pewdiepie. When I wake up, I play with my cat for a bit and pamper my six week old little Beagle. Then I make a big cup of Milo and get some breakfast going, hit the gym then head over to either an interview, shoot, music video recording or to the studio to make some music. At about 8pm, I head home to change for my club gig and I head back home at 5am –repeating the whole cycle again.
- How did you get invited to perform at GVF? Tell us how the exchange went.
From what I heard, someone was talking about me during the meeting and they checked my profile and decided to hire me. But I actually found out about it in a really weird way because I woke up one morning and my phone had 80 messages which made me scared because I didn’t know what was going on and I thought someone was saying something about me. But then I opened my inbox and I was being tagged all over the place in the GVF poster and I was like, “Wow! That’s insane”.
- So you didn’t know that you were going to be performing at GVF?
I had no idea because I had a lot of songs to release this year so sometimes I get really caught up with information and they spoke to DJ Biggie, but we’re not always together so he probably forgot to tell me about it *laughs*.
- Can you give us a little sneak peek to your set list? Performing any new songs like HAA TEPOK?
It was insane to find out that the HAA TEPOK teaser was trending at #4 on Youtube and it was only the teaser! The full song drops on 17 July and I’ll definitely be performing that at GVF. I’ve got another song Up Ke Atas which will be dropping as well. I’ll also be performing another unreleased song with Tuju as well as a song with Luqman Podolski, Adib Alex and Kyopropaganda – so they’ll be there at GVF. I’m dropping names now and giving you guys way more *laughs*. You heard it first right here!
- What are you expecting to get out of the experience of performing at GVF?
I’m expecting to leave a more developed impression of myself to the crowd. Because the set that we’ve planned is awesome – I’ve got so many guest acts and zero breaks because we want it to be an amazing performance. This is such a different ball game and a different stage with a million dollar system so I’ve got to deliver.
- So what does Kidd Santhe do in his free time?
I love watching Youtube videos. I watch videos from Pewdiepie, interviews from Leonardo Dicaprio and Rowan Atkinson’s little skits before Mr Bean happened. I enjoy studying people.
- Okay, if you had to live without one which would you choose: Milo or music?
Oh my God, I hate this question! Let me see: without Milo, I won’t have enough energy to make music but without music, I won’t be able to afford Milo. So that’s my answer *laughs* I really can’t choose one! *laughs* Okay, let’s say if I had a lifetime supply of Milo and a million dollar studio- my God…. I think I’ll choose Milo. Because you see when I’m making music, I get really stressed out when some songs don’t turn out the way I want them to and every time that happens, I turn to Milo. So Milo’s like my saving grace and without it I can’t do much. It’s like my only source of comfort that I truly have. Plus, it’s the essence of being a true Malaysian.
- Any advice for young aspiring artists to break through the music scene?
I get a lot of messages with questions like, how do I get known or how do I produce [music] and to all of them I just say this: it all depends on how much you’re willing to sacrifice. Who you want to be tomorrow is totally up to you and if you want to be an amazing recording artiste then you’ve got to put in time. I had to drop out of college from Mechanical Engineering because my family was low on funds. And it was so weird that I took this whole course on how to do music because I had an Indian father and a Punjabi mother so they were devastated. But it was either I used up their funds to complete my studies, resulting in my sister not having the opportunity to study or I drop out and give her the chance while I find my own way. So if I can go through all that trauma and anxiety, I believe anybody can do anything.
Make sure to catch Kidd Santhe as he brings fire to the Red stage at 5pm-5.30pm on the first day of Good Vibes Festival!
Good Vibes Festival 2019
Where The Ranch, Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, Pahang
When 3pm – 1am (20 July), 3pm – 12am (21 July)
Admission RM450 – RM3,900