Hey love I know it’s been a while since our last Men and Women in Music Interview and I am proud to say, this week we have KLAUDIA KEZIAH, vocalist, song-writer and cellist (a talent I wish I had). I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as I did
How are you today?
Hello! I’m very well thanks, thank you for having me!
Last year was successful year for you , What would you say was the highlight of 2017?
And what are you looking forward to for 2018?
I’m so excited for this year. My EP ‘Gold Light’ opened up the year for me with my new sound. I’ve met loads of amazing people during the promo period, who are genuinely interested in the project.
I’m supporting Mauvey on his Love therapy UK tour on starting on the 31st of May.
I’ve got some exciting new music on the way with some special dance collaborations too just in time for the party season.
How did you know this is the career for you? And what made you to go forth and chase it ?
I knew I wanted to be a musician since I was 8 years old. I began my musical journey attending a classical music school where I played Cello and piano. I only realised I can and wanted to sing during my college years! But Music was the plan since a very young age.
What is unique about your music compared to other artists?
A lot of people say it’s my songwriting and vocal tone that is unique. Most of my writing is very visual and metaphoric which can get lost in a lot of current music.
Have you ever turned down an artist ?
You always need to make sure the collaboration suits your path and the Message / image you’re trying to put across. I’ve been lucky enough to connect with very like-minded songwriters and musicians. I have however, turned down a few dance producers as I simply can’t say yes to every collaboration.
And if so how did you know it was the right thing to do?
Like mentioned, if there’s not a vibe musically or our brands are miles apart then it can be hard to connect and make great music!
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Music is one of the most difficult industries to be successful in or to make a full time living out of. But if you love it enough then to need to keep pushing until you reach your targets. If everyone quit when it got hard then there wouldn’t be any musicians left!
Just believe in your talent, grow your skill and knowledge of the industry and a sick team around you
What advice would you have for young men who are trying to get involved in the fashion and business industry?
I know fashion can be just as hard to succeed in, but if you’re a creative you need to create and share your talents with the world, so absolutely do it! That said.. I think especially in fashion you have to be ruthless.
Do you ever take time out to relax and rest and if so what are the things you like to do in your free time?
I love fitness and you can find me in the gym any time I have a spare minute. Also, if there’s more free time, I love exploring the world and especially the US.
Who would you like to work with in the music industry if you had a chance to?
I’m a huge fan of Nao, Frank Ocean. I would love to work with people like Daniel Ceasor, MNEK and disclosure!
And what are your predictions for 2018 Music trends? Who would you like to see come out that is underground at the moment
The scene is in a great place for independent artists right now, which has made space for some amazing new sounds, right now the Afroswing/afrobeat sound is really making waves commercially. And behind that there’s some great r&b/indie artists like Daniel Ceasor creating some great music. So I think 2018 is going to be a great progression of urban music and it’s influence in general
As a entertainer, what are your top three priorities? And Do you set high expectations or tolerate mediocrity?
1 Create music that reflects me as an artist and a person
2 Surround myself with a humble and inspiring team
3 Take no notice of haters because they’re still taking time out of their day to interact with you. Just surround yourself with positive energy
I am a perfectionist but setting the bar high makes you work harder and get the best out of your ability. And that’s in any career path!
music artist questions
how did it feel when you decided to step out and pursue your career?
You basically can’t plan out a music career and stick to the plan, which scared me at first because I’m super organised. Things change daily and you don’t know what’s around the corner. So I’d say it’s nerve racking but worth it.
Did you ever face a backlash from your family when you told them you wanted to step out and work on your music?
My family have been my number one fans since a young age. My mum is my biggest supporter haha!
You have been singing for many years now, who did you grow up listening to?
A lot of Michael Jackson, Anastasia and loads of r&b was played in my household. I’m defiantly influence by MJs story telling type of writing and soulful vocals from Anastasia
Tell me a bit about your latest single?
Me EP ‘Gold Light’ dropped last month alongside the music video for the lead single ‘Gold Light’
The message behind the track in a nutshell is that materialistic things don’t matter – what matters is having a golden heart/being kind. I feel in our society now, absolutely everything is judged on image, status and money (‘gold’). Especially in the social media world. I find a lot of people are losing personalities, raw emotions and true feelings through all that materialism. ‘Gold Light’ is essentially a love song and about meeting your soul mate. But the underlining story is that you can give all the “gold and diamonds , rhinestone showers” ( lyrics) to the other person, but all that really matters is whats inside.
how did the name come to be chosen?
‘Gold Light’ is a metaphor for a positive energy/ feeling. Like a light at the end of a tunnel
Who is a person that you considered as a role model early in your life? How and why does this person impact your life?
I’ve always had strong female role models in my family. My mum has always been my role model. She’s one of the strongest females I know.
If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you, as an artist what would you like to have achieved?
I want my music to reach so many more people this year. I want to look back and be proud of all the new music I made and people I’ve met.
When have you been most satisfied in your life?
I will let you know when! Haha
I think you’re never fully satisfied, and that in itself drives you to do better. I’m always super appreciative, but it’s not the same as satisfaction or a feeling of completeness
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Collaborating with ironik was great. Me and my friends used to listen to his music at school 15 and share the songs via Bluetooth, who would of thought I’d be on a track with him years later!
Tell us about a time when things didn’t go the way you wanted
As a musician you always have a good and bad gig story. I remember one time performing at a venue which had an automatic sound cut off of you played louder than the threshold (as it was in a area with lots of houses) and let’s just say having a full band wasn’t the best idea haha!!!
What projects do you have coming up for 2018, album, tour?
I’m shooting the new music video for “My Muse” off the EP next week in Miami.
I’m touring the UK with Mauvey next month and Getting the new material ready for summer!
Name your top 3 artists from nigeria?
I’d say Malerk Berry and Wizkid
Top 3 international artists on your playlists?
Where can everyone follow you on the socials?