Castelo da Maia, Portugal
In November 2007 a new rock band was born.
Nya and Andre decided to join forces on a project they would name Kandia – to obfuscate, to blind by light – while searching for a name that would represent their positive vibes about it. Influenced by progressive rock bands such as A Perfect Circle, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, & metal giants such as Metallica & Pantera the band was capable of finding a unique sound joining all these influences on their songs.
Only a few months after they started making their new songs, Kandia recorded two of them at home: “Grown Up” and a cover from the 80's hit “My Sharona”. Soon they were filled with requests on their Myspace page and decided it was time to get things done the right way.
The two members entered the studio on July 2008 to record their first EP - “Light” with Daniel Cardoso (Head Control System) as producer. Daniel would also fill in the place of drummer in the band and record the piano tracks as well. The EP was released through web on August and officially launched on October.
As the band considered important to have a good image, they decided to have a photo session and be responsible for the artwork from the EP which they feel, 'till this day, very proud of.
“Light” had excellent reviews and caught the attention of music fans of all places, the comments filled the pages and a set of gigs followed. But Nya and Andre had a full pocket of new songs and were already thinking about entering the studio again.
Though “Light” reflected their ambition of pursuing a unique sound, Kandia were not 100% fullfilled. They wanted to play more gigs and be able to play abroad. It was time to record a full length.
On may 2009, Kandia entered the studio to record their debut album “Inward Beauty|Outward Reflection”. The album presents nine new songs and a remake from “Rise” - the song was chosen by Myspace friends to be re-recorded on the album.
On their debut album, despite all the difficulties that a self-made band may find, Kandia had one wish. Charon's frontman was invited to sing on Kandia's song “Reflections” and accepted the invitation.
The first single "Reflections" was released online for free. This was also a time of change for the band as Daniel Silva came to fill in the blank on drums . The band started the gigs in April 2010. In the meantime, Kandia became 4.
Nya, Andre, Bernardo & Daniel are now aiming for a bigger goal: to play abroad and take something more out of their debut album.
"Inward Beauty|Outward Reflection" caught the attention of BitOrg's CEO Masa Kishimoto & Kandia signed a deal for a Japanese edition of the album coming out in January 2011.
2011 was the year that saw Kandia's first video-clip ever for the song "Into your Hands.
A few months later the band starts their journey abroad and release their single online featuring a very special unreleased track.