As the Harrisburg stop on Kota the Friend’s Flight Night Music Festival approaches, it is essential to remember the true purpose of the tour, and of the fltbys brand. That mission is clearly restated in a fltbys Instagram Post:
“Ever since 2008 we’ve been giving people the opportunity to get on stage, when no one else was giving the opportunity,” said Kota. “Fltbys has always been a young company of people who just want to do something but have no platform.”
Embracing the concept of connecting up-and-coming talent to their community, we will showcase a stacked lineup of opening acts in Harrisburg, before Kota takes the stage at HMAC on November 11th. Harrisburg recording artist whoisGLDN will showcase his immense talents at Harrisburg Flight Night, from powerful lyricism to catchy melodies.
With a loyal fanbase on streaming services and social media, whoisGLDN used his talent and popularity to land a deal with Sprite, appearing on their “Sprite Way” campaign and playlist. GLDN continues using his growing success to connect with artists and media from around the globe, with an emphasis on putting on artists from Harrisburg.
These days, GLDN is Tampa-based, but the Harrisburg native still has strong roots in his hometown. He still manages to balance time in Harrisburg and Tampa, connecting with both audiences.
whoisGLDN blends trap, hip-hop and R&B into an original sound. Using influences from his Harrisburg upbringing, and artists such as Sade and Lil’ Wayne, GLDN uses clean delivery, smooth vocals, and great writing to create vibrant sounds.
It would be hard to box GLDN in, to confine him to a particular type of sound. He often favors trap style beats, but approaches each song with a new take on melody. This includes varied cadence, and a great ability to switch up flows mid-song. Many GLDN tracks are melodic, smooth and dance-friendly. Others pack a big emotional punch, tapping into feelings that are given weight by decisive vocal performances.
When asked about the track that he feels represents him best as an artist, whoisGLDN pointed to October, 2022 single SWIM off his most recent EP Morning Comes to Fast. The new EP truly showcases GLDN’s versatility, with SWIM set to an almost indie rock type instrumental. With artful autotune, GLDN touches on topics of love, heartbreak, loss and most importantly moving forward. Or in this case, swimming forward.
“Sometimes it feel like I’m falling in the ocean./The hurricane set in motion./Rain on what I feel right now come down.”
SWIM is a perfect balance of strong lyricism, imagery and wordplay. Which leads into track two, Medicine. With a more standard trap type beat, Medicine’s delicate vocal sample and thumping 808s create another memorable backdrop for GLDN to paint with his vibrant strokes. Once again, GLDN relies on crystal clear vocals and strong writing to discuss a positive relationship.
A talented writer, confident vocalist all with hit-making ability, whoisGLDN undoubtedly has all the tools to impress his hometown fans with a bright performance.
A veteran in the game, GLDN candidly shared some of the difficult factors about being an independent artist. Especially, in one of the toughest industries to make it.
“The biggest challenges I have faced being an independent artist are consistent. One, was figuring out how I wanted to be represented & show better leadership with the people that’s on my team. Two is making sure I’m standing on my business getting my vision through as clear as possible.”
Growth as an indie artist is dependent on the people you surround yourself with, and the work ethic and grind. That’s what it takes to make smart business decisions. GLDN continues to level up in these areas.
Flight Night is a special night for all artists involved. However, it will be a particularly warm homecoming for GLDN, who now lives in Tampa, FL.
“It’s an honor to be apart “Flight Night” which is back home for me. So it’s going to feel very refreshing and welcoming. This is a show that will bring all of Harrisburg together for a great night.
With his return to Harrisburg locked in, look for whoisGLDN to turn heads. Especially, in front of a packed crowd at HMAC on November 11th. Limited tickets are still available at FlightNight.com.