Kiesza: ‘I’ll Be Really Honoured If Rihanna Ends Up Doing One Of My Songs’

We caught up with Kiesza to talk the EMAs, Beyoncé and fan girling in front of Daniel Radcliffe.


by Sophie Cullinane |
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At the beginning of the year, Canadian-born, London-based singer Kiesa Rae Ellestad, now known to everyone as Kiesza, had an HUGE viral success with her one-take choreographed banger Hideaway. Thankfully, her new album – released on Monday – is every bit as good as Hideaway and is jammed-packed full of ’90s influenced pop bangers. We caught up with her to talk the EMAs, Beyoncé and fan girling in front of Daniel Radcliffe.

The Debrief: Hi, Kiesza, how are you?

Kiesza: Everything is going great, thank you!

**DB: Did you have a fun time at the EMA’s? **

K: It was such a fun performance! I really enjoyed it and loved the whole EMA experience, both performing and having the chance to meet so many incredible artists backstage.

**DB: Did you meet Nicki Minaj or Ariana Grande? **

K: I met Ariana Grande and she was an absolute sweetheart.

DB: Was it annoying the next day to have your outfit described as ‘raunchy’ or is that just part and parcel of being a female popstar?

K: Haha not at all! I went in this business knowing very well that not everyone will like everything I do. I had so much positive feedback as well and I felt really great about what I was wearing!

DB: Which women in music do you look up to?

K: Beyoncé, Madonna, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sade, Whitney Houston, Robin S, Cece Peniston, Ella Fitzgerald... and honestly the list could keep going.

DB: The past couple of months have been mega for you – is it all still kind of crazy?

K: Yeah it keeps getting more crazy! But I'm enjoying every minute of it and am really grateful to be where I am.

DB: What’s the biggest pinch yourself you must be dreaming moment so far?

K: Performing at Wembley Stadium. I always refer back to videos of Freddie Mercury performing there with Queen for their Live Aid concert. For a moment, when I first stepped onstage to the full stadium, I gasped. It was so surreal. I felt like I was Freddie Mercury.

DB: Is there anyone you’ve met and been a total nerd fan girl in front of?

K: Daniel Radcliffe.

**DB: How did you come by your signature hairdo? **

K: I came up with it in one day when I had an itch to give myself a mohawk, but I knew very well that I would regret shaving my hair in the long run. So I did the closest thing I could to a mohawk.

DB: I know you want to release your own fashion line at some point – have you had a chance to think any more about that?

K: Yes! I started by collaborating with a local NYC brand called Bad Bunch NYC. I designed and made my own custom prints for their next season. The designs will be coming out in February.

DB: Obviously you’re an incredible dancer – any tips? When we dance we look a fool.

K: The electric slide is a good sequence to learn. But honestly if you commit 200% to whatever move you're doing and do it will full confidence, everyone will love it regardless.

DB: Some of your songs are probably/maybe going on Rihanna’s upcoming album – how did that come about and how the hell do you go about writing songs that Rihanna’s into?

K: I honestly know about as much as you do. She recorded a few of my songs, but as to whether or not they'll make the album, I can't really say! She records so many songs, so you never know if you made the album until the day the album comes out. I never get my hopes up, but will be really honoured if she ends up doing one of my songs.

Kieza's album Sound Of A Woman is available to buy on iTunes now.

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