By Lauren Santia
22 year old musician and ex-Nickelodeon star Kira Kosarin has a bright future ahead of her. Growing up with parents involved in the music and entertainment industries, she’s been inspired to perform ever since she was little. Even though she’s been playing music for years, the R&B pop artist released her first album “Off Brand” in 2019. Pure rawness and authenticity can be heard in Kira’s music, as each song showcases her growth, maturity, and vulnerability. She shows that she’s a strong woman who does not let anything get in her way, even COVID-19.
Since being quarantined, Kira has released two singles: “First Love Never Lasts” and “Something to Look Forward To” and is continuing to release more. While originally hesitant on releasing new music during the pandemic, she stated that if she “has one thing to offer, it’s songs that help us to feel our feelings. [she] hopes that this musical offering brings any small amount of peace, joy, or distraction”. Kira’s managed to make the most out of being stuck at home not only by releasing new music, but also by providing to fans as well as tapping into some self care. I had the joy of interviewing Kira to discuss how she’s coping, how to help other artists affected by COVID-19, and more.
Q and A with Kira Kosarin
With tours and concerts being cancelled, is there anything you’re doing to provide to and connect to fans during quarantine?
“I’ve been doing a lot of really lowkey livestream concerts, which I actually really enjoy. It’s kind of nice to be able to have a dialogue going with fans while performing, and read reactions in real time. Also just a lot of social media engagement on the whole – since I’m in the middle of rolling out my new ep Songbird there’s been lots of content to share and talk about.”
Do you think you’ll continue to do live stream performances after quarantine ends?
“Yeah probably, I did them before so I’ll likely do them after. Some of my musician peers have expressed concern for it “replacing” live shows, but I think it’s just a different experience entirely. I can’t really see digital interaction ever actually replacing live music.”
Do you have any advice for musicians who are wondering how to be productive during this time?
“If you want to create, create. There’s lots of technology that helps. But also, there are times for creating and there are times for living the experiences that will inspire art down the road. If right now is just a time for living, that’s okay too.”
Do you find it easier or harder to stay motivated?
“My own perfectionism is a pretty consistent motivator regardless of the situation, so I’d say I’m still working as much as usual… It’s definitely harder to stay positive and enjoy work when all the stress relievers I used to rely on are no longer options… luckily I write a lot of music when I’m sad, so I’ve at least written a lot of songs I’m pleased with.”
What keeps you inspired?
-Art in all forms… music, videos, articles, tv shows and movies, talking to friends
Has quarantine changed how you look at creating or performing in any way?
-It’s definitely reminded me and reinforced how much I like writing music alone. Don’t get me wrong, collaboration can be great, but when my brain feels like it’s on fire and I start writing because it’s literally the only wait to quiet the noise in my head and process my own feelings… those are always the songs that are most valuable to me. It’s brought me back to how I felt as a young teen, when my guitar and piano really were my closest friends and therapists.
What are some ways we can support musicians and other artists during the pandemic?
“Share their work. Buy their work. Interact with their art. If someone does a livestream performance you enjoy, maybe send a small Venmo donation the price of a ticket… Beyond that, I’m not really sure, I think that’s a question that still doesn’t have a super clear answer.”
Do you think being quarantined has set you back or helped push you forward?
“Both. I’ve been rolling out the Songbird singles, and being quarantined has definitely given me the time to give the project and promoting it my full attention. Quarantine has put me in a tough place emotionally where I’m not my happiest self, which feels like a setback, but that’s also inspired me to right some really vulnerable music that I’m proud of, so I suppose there’s somewhat a musical benefit to the sadness and anxiety that comes with isolation. I’m definitely ready to get back into real life sessions, and more than anything, living the experiences and meeting the people who will inspire new art. In the meanwhile… I’ll keep writing my sad songs and wait for the world start up again.”
Have you learned any new skills during the quarantine?
“I’ve definitely had to get more creative with workouts, I’ve been cardio kickboxing which I’m enjoying. I’ve been shooting and editing my own music video content too, which has been a nice challenge and learning opportunity.”