Kisos - He Didn't Want Me
“suave pop that comes to life…in a dizzying array of musical color.” – Atwood Magazine
“‘He Didn’t Want Me’ is a beautifully heartbreaking, guitar-driven ballad.” – Billboard
About The Video
“Heartbreak infected me. Three years post-breakup I still mourned this relationship, friendship, and love on a daily basis.
‘He Didn’t Want Me’ is about the acceptance stage of grief, and because it’s lyrically so depressing, I wanted to balance that with an uplifting, ethereal ritual of rebirth. It was important for me to also honor the symbolic hands of friends and family who cared for me at my lowest points. People who helped me shed my self-hatred, allow love and beauty back in, and re-internalize that I am worthy.
My roommate Adam Ouellette is an expert cinematographer, and we filmed it over the course of two nights, lighting a hundred candles and using the bedroom of another roommate who has eclectic decoration taste to say the least.”
Kisos comes from a family who couldn’t care less about music. While his friends jammed to all the modern hits, he was stuck in the car with 98.3 KUIC, lite rock from the 80s, 90s, & today!
Over time, the Bay Area native forged his own path. He learned flute, competed in drumline championships, and honed his voice with his university’s gospel choir. Yet through all that, he never considered music as a viable career for himself.
In 2014 that changed. Spurred on by his grandmother who asked why music wasn’t a part of his life anymore, Kisos moved to New York to pursue a dream he didn’t know he had.
He debuted his first single “Symmetry” in 2016, which Baeble Music compared to Troye Sivan and Years & Years, and followed that with a self produced EP, VOICES, in 2018.
Feeling a breakthrough bubbling, he enlisted producer Kyle Patrick (Shea Diamond, Monogem) & GRAMMY winning engineer Joe LaPorta (Lizzo, Moses Sumney) for his 2019 single, “Happily Ever After,” which skyrocketed to success on Billboard, and Spotify’s editorial playlists.
Since then Kisos has dominated livestreaming, becoming one of Twitch’s 1% most popular broadcasters with his LGBTQIA+, TRL-style music video show, QUEERANTINE, which raised almost 10k for social justice orgs across two seasons in 2020.
For a relatively unknown artist, Kisos is already on what feels like a victory lap of accomplishments. But if his sweet nothings EP, and recent collaborations Lunar Tide & Call Me When You’re Wasted are any indication, he’s just getting started.