Artists songwrite for many reasons. Here in the pop industry, there is a bit of a stigma that songs are only written to sell and have no heart behind them.
Whilst we're confident in saying that all the artists featured here on Popshade have plenty of soul in their songs, this next lady, Kyra, has written in our opinion one of the most beautiful devotions in song form that we have ever heard. We may have been fighting back man tears in the cafe... maybe. Anyways, we'll let Kyra do the talking from now on...
Hey Kyra, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade. Why don't you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?
Hellooo - thank you so much for having me. I am a Singer, Songwriter and herbal tea connoisseur.... (Not actually qualified on the last one, I just drink a lot of herbal tea)
Bandages is beyond beautiful. You have such a delicate tone to your voice, and tell a
story so well. We know it's about a difficult subject, but what does the song mean to you?Thank you soo much, that's lovely to hear. The song is the most personal song I have ever written. I wrote it for my brother when he had been newly diagnosed with cancer. three months later I played it at his funeral. Sharing it at this time is just as much about my personal journey as it is sharing music with others. It's a grieving process and my way of dealing is to release this song. It brought my brother comfort and if the song can do that for even 1 other person than I'd be very happy with that.
What can people expect from the rest of the EP?
The rest of the EP is a blend of acoustic soul and feel good tracks. A spectrum of joy and pain.
You've covered quite a few different sounds over the past few years, and you've smashed
each of them. Which do you enjoy the most though?
It's strange because to me they are not different sounds - all just an extension of me. But thank you. 70's/80's soul is at the root of a lot of the music I make. So I'd like to think that even my attempt at 'pop' has a bit more groove than your average auto tuned song. I'd say my favourite sounds are those that lean toward groove - so I love the bass line on 'Ell Oh Vee Eeh' (vid below) which was my first release from the EP. Equally though I really do love performing completely stripped back with just an acoustic guitar and being able to saang and deliver an emotional song like "Bandages".
Can we expect a debut album anytime soon?
I'm working on new music in 2015 - whether its an another EP or a debut album at this stage I don't know.
If you could collaborate with anyone out there in the industry, who would it be?
Pharrell. That would be incredible.
We're a pop site, so straight up, who is your favourite pop artist of all time?
The Spice Girls! Mel B literally gave a mixed race girl someone to be at 'book day' in Primary school! Haha! But seriously I have no shame in declaring my love for them. They had it all. Catchy pop songs, a blimmin unique image and they fought for girl power! Amazing! I still haven't forgiven Geri for leaving the band. That hurt. I even read her book. Dammit.
What can people expect if they come down to one of your live shows?
Well I'd like to think a damn good time! Performing live is my favourite part of being an artist and performer. So you can expect to see me and my #Kyrettes (my band) on stage with a lot of energy and vibe! I'm also one of those annoying singers who gets the crowd to join in.
Do you enjoy recording in the studio or playing live shows more?
Sorry I guess I answered that one already. There is definitely something special about capturing a moment in a 3 minute and 30 seconds recording. I love arranging the harmonies and vocals and the whole process of writing and recording. But... there is also an endless freedom with performing live. We grow as people and performing live allows you to grow with the arrangements of the song. You can put a reggae tilt on it if you fancy, break it down in the middle 8... Live is my favourite.
Finally, where can peeps find you?
We'd like to thank Kyra for taking the time to answer these questions.
If you give Bandages a listen, we're sure you'll agree that it really is a touching piece of music. It's not often you can get us to shut up, and considering it did just that, it must be something special.
We're really looking forward to hearing the new material that Kyra has planned for 2015. Until then, tide yourself over by having a listen to all those aural beauties you can find on her Soundcloud HERE.