interview: Albanian fresh pop star Kejsi Tola, has been travelling around to create her EP ‘LUMINOUS’

"This EP is a heartfelt reflection of my involvement in every song's creation, radiating with love and passion."
31 May 2023

Kejsi Tola, the seductive Albanian singer-songwriter, has been making waves in the music industry since she began playing at the age of 11. Her determination, powerful voice and passion for her music set her apart from the crowd.

Kejsi Tola enjoyed great success in her home country and today brings her talents to the world with the release of her stunning EP LUMINOUS.

The singer put a lot of effort into making the songs for her EP better than ever, holding songwriting camps in three different parts of the world to make sure they were up to par.

After visiting and working with a group of talented musicians in Paris, Rome and Barcelona, Tola has set up five smokin’ pop tracks.

Music fans who want to take a peek at the songwriting process can watch the three-part docu-series. It will show her collaboration with famous producers and songwriters such as Marty James, Manny Mijares, Avalan, SpacePrimates, LionChld, Tyler Conti, Peter Oliver, and KCdaProducer.

The impressive quality of the music is not just about writing good songs. She made sure to record at Abbey Road Studios along with vocal producer Lorna Blackwood and engineer Louis Lion. They have made their name in the music industry by working with artists like Dua Lipa and many others.

Kejsi Tola worked hard on LUMINOUS, an impressive EP specifically targeting international pop music fans. We just had a great conversation with Tola about her fresh EP, collaborating with famous producers and writers, what kind of music she enjoys and what she’s got in store next.

The greatest reward for any artist is the love and support from the audience

Hey Kejsi, how’s it going? What’s on your mind right now?

I’m doing well, thank you! Right now, my mind is focused on one thing: continuing to create exceptional music and hoping that the entire world gets a chance to listen to it.

What can listeners expect to experience while listening to your EP ‘LUMINOUS‘?

LUMINOUS is a labor of love that spans two years of dedication and artistry. It holds a significant part of my soul, character, and musical essence. This EP is a heartfelt reflection of my involvement in every song’s creation, radiating with love and passion.

Your debut EP LUMINOUS involved collaborations with Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters such as Marty James, Manny Mijares, Avalan, SpacePrimates, LionChld, Tyler Conti, Peter Oliver, and KCda Producer. Additionally, the recording took place at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. How have these experiences shaped you into the artist you are today?

Collaborating with such exceptional producers has been a dream come true for me. Despite having interacted with them before, I still found it surreal to be in the same room with these incredible talents. Witnessing their professionalism while also recognising their genuine and down-to-earth nature was truly inspiring. These experiences have been pivotal in completing the puzzle of my artistic growth throughout my entire career.

What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of being a musician?

The greatest reward for any artist is the love and support from the audience. When we write a song, we do it alone in a room, but it is the public’s affection that adds that special brilliance to our music.

When did you first become aware of your potential to become a music artist?

I knew I wanted to be a singer since I was about 5 years old. As a young girl watching TV, I would dream of being on that screen, sharing my voice through music – and now, here I am, living that dream.

You started performing when you were 11. Did you already consider it a potential professional career at that young age?

At such a young age, children simply follow their dreams and pursue what brings them joy without fully comprehending the concept of work. Back then, I just wanted to sing, and I didn’t contemplate the future implications. Looking back, choosing this path has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

You won “Young Voices of Albania” and “Young Voices of Shkodra” twice. You also represented Albania at Eurovision 2009 as the youngest performer, having won the 2008 RTSH Festival. In addition to these achievements, you released two hit songs in 2018 and 2019. Your musical journey in Albania has been remarkable. What is the most valuable advice you’ve received?

I’ve been fortunate to receive invaluable advice from my family, who have been my biggest supporters and critics. One piece of advice that has always stuck with me is to avoid getting caught up in the euphoria of success and instead continue working even harder.

So, what are your plans for the future?

Moving forward, my focus is on creating new music and sharing as much of my artistry as possible with the public.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three albums you would want to have for company?

Harry Styles – Fine Lines, Rosalia – Motomami, Adele – 21.

Where and when can we catch your live performances?

Stay tuned for updates on my live performances, I’ll make sure to announce them.  

What message would you like to share with your fans?

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have supported me thus far, appreciating my music and embracing this new international journey of mine.

Your love means the world to me, and I am incredibly grateful for each and every one of you. Love you all so much!