Lido Beach is a town that lives just in the shadows of Long Beach, New York. It is also, as it happens, the name of Scott Waldman’s musical foray, and the place where he grew up.
Perhaps it in that geographical atmosphere that Waldman first learned he was not content merely to stay in the background. Waldman moved to Los Angeles in 2003 where he soon thereafter began playing bass in pop-rock band The City Drive. While creating music under another musician’s vision, Waldman continued to write on his own, and there, in his writing and through his personal struggles at the time, Lido Beach was born. “I really just wanted [to write] heartfelt, emotive lyrics,” Waldman notes. “Definitely that’s how it started.” These days, Waldman does take a backseat to manage artists and a selection of producers as his primary gig, but as of 2018, is creating again and resurrecting his old music with the help and fresh ears of several producers to sate what he describes as a “creative lull.” That is not to say he’s sidestepping the other facets of his career. As with his entire musical journey, Waldman will continue the hustle, doing double duty behind the scenes and in the spotlight. “I just want to touch more people and be whatever the antonym for ‘toxic’ is,” says Waldman. “I want to be a source of light, and if a negative experience has gotten me to write and record something, that, I feel, is so much more positive that punching a wall or drowning my sorrows in drinking or drugs.”