The Kid is going to be all right.
Former San Francisco resident and glitchy experimental electronic music producer Kid606 returns from Berlin this week to play his first Bay Area show in 3½ years. Opening for Com Truise at 103 Harriet on Friday, the show marks the beginning of Kid606’s homecoming after a harrowing experience living in the electronic music capital of Berlin.
Miguel Trost De Pedro lived in the Bay Area for eight years, releasing more than 10 solo albums as Kid606, and more than 200 albums as the head of boutique label Tigerbeat6.
In 2008, he couldn’t afford to pay the $3,500 mortgage on his Oakland home, and was fed up with running a music label amid the evisceration of the industry. “Running a record label now is kind of a charity,” he says.
So he packed his bags for Berlin, where instead of producing day and night, he indulged in the consumption side of the party culture — living cheaply, partying nonstop and taking powerful dissociative tranquilizers and hallucinogens such as ketamine and DMT.
“I went to Europe for all the wrong reasons,” he says, “and got mixed up with the wrong people and did all the wrong things. It was not an advantageous career choice.”
He adds, “I was like a kid lost in a candy store. I went insane. I had a complete nervous breakdown. I f------ went nuts.”
Kid606 went from releasing an album per year to nothing for the past 3½ years.
“It’s beyond cognitive dissonance, more like schizophrenia, like creating parallel realities,” he says. “When you’re making albums in your head, then you don’t need to make real albums.”
Trost De Pedro hit rock bottom and sobered up through an African healing ceremony centered on the powerful South American drug ibogaine, which is used experimentally to break addiction. After 36 hours of fasting, vomiting, paralysis and crippling introspection, he says he gained the insight to stay clean. “It definitely saved my life.”
Kid606 is making music again, and plans to release his new LP, “Lost In the Game,” in September. It’s a dispatch from a dark place that’s behind him, he says. “I’m a little too ‘posi-core’ right now.”
On Friday at 103 Harriet, he says, audiences can expect him to “probably just gauge the mood of the crowd and play that. I’m basically appreciative to whoever’s there that will be into it.”
IF YOU GO
Opening for Com Truise, Baauer, plus guests
Where: 103 Harriet, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.
When: 10 p.m. Friday