RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST KAIYRA
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I always wanted to sing, I initially wanted to be in a band because I actually like to be on stage with other people playing with me. Back when I was in Italy I used to play with two different bands at the time but now since I’m in London I’ve realised it’s good to be able to produce, write and sing my own songs.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I’m Kaiyra and I started playing piano at the age of 8. When I was in middle school a classmate introduced me to singing and I decided I loved it very much and I could actually try and go to singing classes. I studied singing for 5 years from the age of 13. Now straight out of high school I decided to come to London at 18 years old and try to make a living out of my music. I’m currently working in a pub and studying music production in university but thanks to what I’ve learned now I produce my own beats and music since last year.
I hear you have a new single, ‘Overnight,’ what can you tell us about it? Talk me through the thought process of the single.
When I wrote “Overnight” I was going through a tough time with my ex-boyfriend. On the first draft, the production was really upbeat and happy, then I remembered writing the song and I realised the lyrics were pretty sad and nostalgic. It’s a bit controversial but it reflected my internal conflict at that time. I wanted to look happy but inside I was not.
What was the recording process like?
I always start by producing the beat of the song first, usually at home, in my bed. I play chords on the piano and then I add in the rest of the instruments. It took me a few months to have the song finished, I recorded the vocals from my room first and then I went to record the final ones in studio.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing ‘Overnight’?
I learned that you can really write a sad song on a happy beat and still make it feel powerful and nostalgic at the same time.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I don’t think I would actually, even the music video explains perfectly what the words are saying
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I am still trying to discover what makes me Kaiyra. I don’t think I stand-out enough quite yet, but doing what I love and doing it at the best of my capacity will get me there. You just need to keep trying.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
It’s always a tense moment when I am on stage but recently I’m enjoying it a lot. The most fun is whenever I start to interact with the people while performing. It’s always good to get involved with them and see how they play along.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I used to do a lot of singing competitions when I was young. So many that I got to the point of having anxiety every time I was performing. My voice would literally break-up every time I was about to sing higher notes. I remember when this happened it was the worst experience ever and I actually lost a few competitions because of that.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? I used to do Ski racing competitions, I have been ski-ing since I was 4 years old and I started taking part in competitions from the age of 13. When I was 18 I was about to become a ski teacher but then I realised I wanted to try music first so I moved to London straight after high school.
Another thing is I used to be in a school of art in high school, so I love to paint and do people’s portraits.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I hope you will like my music as much as I love making it. Let’s hope I will keep working on myself and on my music without never losing the passion that drives me.