Victoria's Trevor Kidd dreams big with song contest success
Eighteen-year-old Victoria native Trevor Kidd won the My Song for Change national song contest with his tune Little Dreamer. (PHOTO SUBMITTED).
This year is shaping up to be a big one for 18-year-old Victoria native Trevor Kidd. Fresh off of winning the My Song for Change national song contest with his tune Little Dreamer, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the talented singer/songwriter.
24: You won the prestigious My Song for Change contest organized by the group Make Music Matter. What inspired you to enter?
TK: It was really just the right timing I guess. I was watching The Hour one night and Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Cone McCaslin (Sum 41) were talking about this songwriting competition they were part of through the charity organization Make Music Matter. They were looking for a song to inspire people. I was on it right away and entered one I wrote a few months prior called Little Dreamer. I had no expectations of winning because it was a Canada-wide contest and there is so much talent out there I thought there was no way I’d stand a chance. But thanks to the incredible support of family, friends and people I had never even met before, I got enough votes to make it into the top 10 before I was handpicked as the winner by Ian, Cone, Darcy Ataman (Make Music Matter CEO) and Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill. I was in shock when I got the email and so filled with excitement. I was just numb for days trying to take it all in. The demo caught quite a buzz and became my high-school grad song when I graduated from Mount Douglas Secondary in June. One of my idols, Cherie Currie from the 70s band The Runaways featuring a young Joan Jett, fell in love with the demo and started sharing it for all of her fans, which was really flattering and surreal. It was released on iTunes and I’m really excited about the fact all the money is going to help kids in need in developing countries. That was always my goal growing up, that if I started becoming successful with the music I would give back.
24: You got the chance to record your song with Ian D’Sa and Cone McCaslin. What did you learn from them and how did they mould it?
TK: I learned a lot from them during the whole process and they’re living proof that if you just keep going and never give up you can achieve anything. Both Billy Talent and Sum 41 didn’t achieve success overnight. They worked hard to get where they are and it wasn’t easy. They really brought my song to a whole new level. Originally Little Dreamer was just me and an acoustic on a demo that I recorded with a good friend named Ken Mason at his home studio just outside of Victoria.
24: You’re a big Nickelback fan. Do you hope to record or work with Chad Kroeger at some point?
TK: Absolutely! Chad Kroeger is one of my biggest inspirations as a singer and guitar player and my idol growing up. He’s the reason I picked up a guitar for the first time and discovered what I want to do for the rest of my life. I was seven-years-old making guitars out of cardboard because I didn’t have a real one yet, jumping up and down on my couch with the stereo blaring Silver Side Up, dreaming I was in Nickelback. That’s what I did instead of going outside to play with the other neighbourhood kids. My dream has always been to record a song with Chad Kroeger, or maybe even just sing guest vocals on a Nickelback song and play on stage with them one day.
24: Where do you see yourself in five years?
TK: Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I know I’m only 18 but I’ve had a lot of incredible doors open with music in my past, well before this contest and I’ve watched things twist and turn so drastically without warning. I’ve learned nothing is guaranteed in life and every time I’ve been part of something incredible, I would lie awake unable to sleep thinking it’s all gonna be gone tomorrow, praying it isn’t, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. You just have to keep moving forward and work hard for the next opportunity and never give up. Basically that’s what inspired the lyrics for Little Dreamer. One of the verses goes: ‘Take the hard road, use what you know, find the music that’ll heal your soul,’ meaning don’t take the easy way there, use what’ve you’ve learned from your past and find that moment that’s gonna heal you inside and make you realize you’re gonna be OK.