For someone who went from growing up in a secluded Norwegian forest to producing for some of the biggest hip-hop and pop megastars on the planet, Peder Losnegård has had quite the journey. The 23-year-old virtuoso, known as Lido, is well on his way to becoming a household name for his hyperactive, neon-coloured productions and ability to push the envelope, hard.This trajectory is less surprising when you consider that he was almost on stages before he could walk. His father directed one of Norway’s few gospel choirs, and as a three-year-old Peder developed an obsession with Kirk Franklin and jazz, before an American exchange student got him hooked on Eminem and rap from across the pond, aged ten.
Looking past his Scandinavian confines, and the pop-punk or Britney that his friends sought out, it was the gospel influences of Kanye’s ‘The College Dropout’ and J Dilla’s bounce that put Lido firmly onto hip-hop’s melodic side. Entirely self-taught, Peder quickly became a piano prodigy and excelled on the drums. He got to grips with production at the age of ten. From then he began to produce beats, way before he fully understood what he was creating.
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