Epic pop powerhouse Kira Puru‘s debut self-titled EP is an explosive party starter you must get around if you haven’t so far. Kira’s found the right sound to express exactly who she is, right now, after a tough few years working through challenges she really shouldn’t have to face. WildnFree spoke with Kira to find out all the deets on the EP, first off most curious about the hugeness of the bass sound banging throughout. Quickly, Kira impressed as calmly articulate yet fun and friendly, but most of all generous in sharing all the honest truth.
WF: I need to know who the bass player on the EP is – this person needs to be congratulated.
The bass player on the record is good friend and producer Jon Hume, who is an incredible genius. It took us a little while to centre in on having the bass be almost like a second voice on the record, but when we uncovered that as recurring theme, it felt really right. Bass is just such a sexy instrument.
WF: It is. It gives so much power to it. I remember the first time I heard Molotov I was like what is this? This is awesome.
KP: Thank you, I love it. I remember when we wrote it, that beat sort of reminds me of a heist movie, where you walk away from an explosion with a bits of burning car falling down around you!
WF: I can see it now! This needs to be in a movie.
KP: I’ve written the theme song, now someone just has to make the movie.
WF: Exactly. How you feeling about your music at the moment? It sounds like everything is coming together – great sound, signing to Sony?
KP: It feels amazing, I’m super busy right now, but that’s one of the most satisfying and positive things about it. It’s not my first foray into the music world, so it feels really rewarding to be able to feel such a positive response right now.
Even though it’s my debut EP, it’s something that I’ve been working on my whole life. It feels like the most accurate reflection of who I am, it feels like the first time I’m actually making music that reflects who I am as a person and also reflects the music I like to listen to myself. I couldn’t be any happier with how its turning out.
I spent a long time writing music that documented my feelings, but it didn’t embody so much the same spirit as I do as a person. It’s hard for me to deduce who I am in a really succinct way, and I think that’s part of the reason why it took me a while to stumble across this particular sound and nail it down. I wanted to be true to who I am as a person and artist together as one, and I think the hard work paid off – I think this EP achieves that.
WF: Sounds like more of an empowered version of who you are?
KP: I think that’s true, as I’ve been through some rough stuff over the last couple of years. I’ve spent time feeling sad, and reflective, and a bit pummelled by life, and I’ve crawled out the other end feeling smarter, stronger and more self-aware, and it’s the perfect time now for me personally and professionally to come out with something that accurately reflects all of that.
If you’re looking at the songs on a surface level, they’re definitely able to provide a fun, tongue-in-cheek rowdy party vibe, but if you want to chip away at the veneer of the pop presentation a little, you’ll find a really true, authentic expression of all the shit I’ve been through, and the battle it takes to become so self-aware – that stuff doesn’t come for free.
WF: No, it doesn’t, you have to earn it. Do you want to share a little of what you’ve been through?
KP: Of course, I’m pretty open, so if you ask, I’ll answer.
I grew up as a person of colour, so particularly in Australia, it presents its own complex lens on the world. Although being person of colour in Australia I’m relatively rather privileged, there’s still things that colour my experience of the world and changes my access to certain things.
My broader appeal to certain markets in the music industry as a professional musician, without making any harsh political statements about the music industry, is not so equal as it could be, and that has coloured some of my experiences.
I’m also a plus size person, I’m also a queer person, I lost my dad a couple of years ago and that was just mentally and emotionally devastating, and it took me a really long time to bounce back, not that I believe you can ever really recover from losing from someone so close. I had a couple of really atrocious break-ups as well, which is always great for pop music writing inspiration!
I’m an emotional creature, so I’ve been on a never-ending path of self-discovery. Over the last few years, all of that stuff has now settled and given me a clear, defined view of who I am as a person, which has helped me to determine what direction I want to go in, and who I am, more easily.
Since going through those hardships in a concentrated way over the last 3 years, I’ve realised that I don’t want to waste time being sad anymore. I don’t want to waste time being upset about the opportunities I don’t get. I want to use the tools at my disposal now to celebrate the things I’m happy and proud of. This EP is about celebrating the self in all your flawed glory.
WF: Which is a wonderful, supportive message to get out there for everyone is going through tough times
KP: It’s been a fucking hard battle for me, but if I can do it, I feel anyone can. If a queer, brown, larger person who’s emotional and strange can find a way to celebrate herself in a way that’s freeing, than everyone can!
WF: Well done! I am in awe, this is so good to hear.
KP: I feel like we’ve grown up in a time where we’ve been sold some ‘stuff’, society tells us so much bullshit about who we have to be – how thin, beautiful, talented, articulate, and thankful – I’ve been fed this my whole life about how thankful I should be for getting opportunities as a person of colour, how thankful I should be for any access and privilege, or even just that I really should just behave.
I grew up being told I had to be nice, polite, colour between the lines and play within the rules, and I’ve spent my whole adult life unlearning that shit that society has taught me.
I don’t have to be anyone apart from the person that feels most right for me to be. I don’t want to live in a world where I feel incongruent all of the time. I spent a long time trying to fit in, and then I realised – I’m a fucking weirdo and I don’t fit in! The world isn’t set up for me. I could spend my whole time being upset I don’t fit, or I can make it work, or forget the rules and stop trying to play the game and make up my own fucking game.
WF: You’re saying something powerful and meaningful, so good to be able to hear it and share it. Tell me about all your upcoming tour!
KP:I’m obviously really pumped, I love the EP and all the other songs that make up the live set, I have a banging band, the songs are dope and I believe in my own power to deliver a really fun and exciting show, so this tour is an opportunity to do what we do best, which is throw a big rowdy party! I’m really excited to do that, and I’m really excited to meet new people face to face and give them a little taste of the music.
Awesome stuff Kira, all the best for a banging tour. Dates below, now listen to the EP in full ASAP.
Kira Puru Fly National Tour
Friday, 23rd November
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Saturday, 24th November
The Lansdowne, Sydney
Friday, 30th November
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Thursday 6 December
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – NEW SHOW ADDED
Friday, 7th December
The Sewing Room, Perth