EXCLUSIVE: Kiesza Chats About Working With Bruno Mars & RedFest DXB

Find out more about the singer before her performance in February
ByAriel Robinson Monday , 26 January 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Kiesza Chats About Working With Bruno Mars & RedFest DXB
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Pop star: Kiesza reveals all to Ahlan!

Kiesza, the multi-talented singer songwriter and dancer, is heading to Dubai for this year’s RedFest DXB and we can’t wait. Known for her incredible stage performance, everyone is waiting to see her strut her stuff. Ahlan! got to talk exclusively to the pop starlet about what she plans on doing in the UAE, listening to Michael Jackson for the rest of her life and collaborating with Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.

What are you most looking forward to in Dubai?
Just visiting the place. I love different cultures and I’ve seen pictures of Dubai and it looks stunning. I’m so grateful for having a chance to come out there. I don’t know what to expect, I’m just really excited.

If you could listen to one song or artist for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably Michael Jackson. If I had to pick a song by him, it would be Billie Jean even though that’s quite cliché.

What inspires you the most when it comes to music?
A lot of things. Living life and my environment inspires me a lot. When I play instruments, I play a chord and even that inspires me and it evokes emotion. When I’m on the guitar or the piano, I start a melody then turn it in to a story with lyrics. Sometimes I write poems and put a melody with it. People also tend to inspire me a lot with their stories.

If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
I can’t pick one word, but I’d describe it as 'Back to the Future’. My music is like a modern throwback. It’s got elements of 90s and modern beats and plus I love the Back to the Future movies!

You’re known to have a cool sense of style, but do you think the way you dress is just in fashion?
My style changes. I combine urban jewelrey with classic stuff. I like 1945 classic Hollywood stuff mixed with elegance with a funky streak. Sometimes I’m wearing Reeboks and other times I’m glammed up on the red carpet.

Who would you want to collaborate with?
Bruno Mars or Mark Ronson. I love their new song Uptown Funk!

What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
When I was a teenager, I went sailing and some friends and I went to find this lake on a hidden island, but the lake had dried up so it was a mud swamp. It didn’t stop us though because we went mud swimming instead.

What’s a must have essential in your wardrobe?
Either pumps or gold chains – anything street.

What was it like being in the navy at an early age and how did it help your music?
It really helped me to push my limits especially with the physical training. They make you run and do push ups for a long time and you think that you’re going to collapse and you can’t keep going but you have to keep going. When you think you want to give up, you have to keep going and I think that's stuck with me today and helps a lot with my music and life in general.


If you haven’t already, watch Kiesza's Hideaway music video that is an impressive one-take shot of the singer. Get ready for her performance at RedFest DXB – we know it’s going to be amazing.

Along with Iggy Azalea, The Script, Ella Eyre, Jeremih and many more, RedFest DXB is set to take place on 12 and 13 February. Ahlan! is joining RedFest DXB as the festival's Official Magazine Partner, making sure the event is a must-visit on your social calendar.

INFO: Thu 12-Fri 13 Feb, tickets from Dhs350, www.redfestdxb.com

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