Kira Puru talks new music, identity crises and a busy 2016 of shows and writing!

Full disclosure: I have been a huge Kira Puru fangirl for some time now. Her recent work alongside Urthboy in particular has brought the vocalist to the attention of more people in 2016 and rightly so. A powerful presence on stage and on record, Kira’s appearance at BIGSOUND was one I knew I had to jump on.

Sitting down with Kira at the Judy, we chat about how 2016 has treated her so far.

“I feel like I haven’t really had a chance to come up for air,” she says. “I haven’t really had the opportunity to get a full perspective on everything that’s going on. …I prefer to be working to be honest, so anything that comes across my path, I’m happy to jump on, because I like being busy and meeting new people and working with different people. I’m enjoying it!”

On how her creative direction and process has changed over the course of recent collaborations and writing link ups, Kira is open about how such experiences have begun to inform or change the way her approach has formed when it comes to new music.

“I get bored very easily doing the same thing over and over which is kind of in part why I like to be an artist,” she explains. “Because it allows me to not just sit at a desk all day and do the same boring shit. I like to work with different people; I like to be a session musician one week and then go on tour with a hip hop crew the next week, just because it keeps me feeling fresh and satisfied. I think that because I am like that naturally, that’s led into me getting involved a lot of collaborations and stuff because I have the tendency to say yes to stuff. Also, that opportunity to work with different people obviously informs my process eventually, because those new experiences reform or massage who I was into who I am or could be.”

“I think my writing process has changed a lot, particularly in the last two years; probably influenced by all the new people I’ve been working with, which is enjoyable. It’s nice to see how your own style changes and how your work ethic and method of creation changes from external influences. It’s really great for me, I’m enjoying it a lot.”

Watch the full interview below!


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