Interview: Kiah Victoria - The Bubbling Talent to Keep an Eye On
We first found out about Kiah while searching for someone to feature under our Youtube Talent section. After falling in love with her cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You" we knew we had to grab a hold of the young talent before the opportunity was lost.
Your Frank Ocean cover has gained a bit of a buzz online. Why did you decide to put that song out?
I always loved the song and I thought of adding a little space to it by adding more harmonies, textures, and layers. Tolu, my producer, was down with the idea. We went to his dorm room, started brainstorming with a few harmonies and built on top of that. We never know what's going to happen when we start, but we just kind of bounce off each other and it turns into what you hear.
Talk to us a little bit about your "Rooftop" single.
I released it back in February 14th, which is also when I was preparing for my debut EP to also drop. That was the first track Tolu and I ever worked hard on a track with the proper mindset. I'm happy with the way it came out.
It seems as though you have a little bit of an obsession with big hair. Is that true?
Well...yea! My hair is huge and it took me a while to embrace it. It just can't be tamed. I like it! *laughs*
Which celebrity would you swap hair with if you could?
You know I love everything what Kimbra does with her hair style. It's not big, but it's very cute! I think Janelle Monáe's hair is awesome as well. She's got that nice "poof" at the top of her head. None of them have big hair.. but they have cool hair. *laughs*
You first started acting and then dived into acting. What made you shift gears?
I was always a singer first, and the musical theater brought me into the theater aspect. I've been singing since I was 5-years-old from what I can remember. I first started with the "Lion King" and thought "this is really awesome!" and started doing regional theater in Washington DC, but it was always because of the music. That's why right now I'm at NYU at the Clive Davis Institute. I'm learning the behind the scenes aspect of music. More of the production, engineering, and the recording process.
If you had to choose only one instrument, which would it be?
*gasps* Probably the piano because I see it as the most valuable instrument when songwriting.
Creating your first EP can take a while. Talk to us a bit about some of the hurtles you had to go through when developing your "Look Up" EP.
Well, I had this beautiful idea in my mind that the video and the EP would be done in time for Valentines day. But looking back it would have been such a rush. It would have to work with everyone on the team, and I think I was a bit over excited. It was really difficult to get studio time at Clive's because everyone else has their own projects, and the fact that I was also a full-time student made it that much harder to juggle both projects at once.