Kira Inez Riess

Kira Inez Riess

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Kira Inez Riess

When did the project begin?

I’ve been writing songs since I can remember – without sounding cliche. When I was younger I used to write the cheesiest lyrics, like tumblr quotes basically. So yeah I’ve tried to develop as I’ve had some time to get away from that habit!

What song of yours is the one you like the most?

The song of mine I like most is probably “Unfinished Stories” – it’s not the most emotional or deepest one I’ve written, but for me it has a meaning that I can carry through into different situations. I wrote it 4 years ago and even now I have moments where I think “Shit! That suddenly makes sense”. And it’s my own song hahaha.

How do you write your music?

I’ve actually researched different songwriting methods because mine seem so abstract and random, but whatever works I guess! I’ll start with a lyric – and then expand on the experience I’m talking about and look at how else I feel and how I can fit that all into a song. Aaaaallllll about channeling those feels!!!

What influences do you have?

My influences vary – and people are often really confused when I tell them who I listen to. I enjoy listening to 70’s-90’s bands (Aerosmith, Tom Petty, RHCP, Counting Crows, Placebo) but if I’m in the mood for writing I take inspiration from Kate Nash, Conor Oberst, Mitch Welling (behind the project “Flatsound”).

What´s the best experience you have had with your project?

The best experience I’ve had is playing a gig in a really intimate venue – paisley rugs and sofas and all that stuff, as well as a nice cosy atmosphere and amazing sound system. It was really different and an amazing experience. Also someone set my album cover as their Twitter background – they deserve a mention!

musicsoundrocks2 - copiaWhat plans do you have this year?

This year I plan on doing live shows, expanding my audience (I hate the word fanbase, because these people are my friends!) and finishing of a properly mastered album. I wanna build a solid foundation on that for now.

Mention something you don´t like about your project.

Something I don’t like! Haha. Well there are loads of little things of course – as any musician or artist in general would tell you. I suppose it’s that I can only hear my music from my point of view – the flaws stand out more than anything and often it makes me cringe – when I know to other people they’re barely recognisable!

Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.

The biggest sacrifice I’ve made is leaving education at 17 to pursue music. Although I later realised I just hated education and music was all I had at that point! But yeah, absolutely no regrets on that at all.

What band, music project or solist from your city do you like?

I don’t listen to many local bands (eeeek) but I know James Morrison is from Rugby (about 6 miles from me). He’s an amazing songwriter with an individual voice and I didn’t realise he was from round here until recently!

If your project was a word, what would it be?


The amount of time I’ve been sat here thinking about this!!! Haha. I’d say rooted. Not heartfelt, deep or emotional. Well – all of those. But rooted more than anything. Like grounded, when you listen to it you’re hit in your deepest parts and it sticks with you.

– Kira Inez Riess, currently sat in my dining room with a cup of tea (British problems) having realised I need to go wash my hair dye off as it’s been on too long!

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