Canadian self-taught singer-songwriter Kiyana’s music spans topics like grief, sexuality, abuse and queer love – an independently led creative endeavour borne from the pandemic. Promoing the poignant single ‘Aphrodite’s Dead‘, below, Kiyana answers a few of our QuickFire Questions.
What can you tell us about Aphrodite’s Dead? What inspired it?
Aphrodite’s Dead is my baby! I adore it, I think it’s my best song so far. The song is about the grief of losing someone you love. I always feel like time is running out, always chasing and trying to hold on to people that need to leave. “The pain you gave me, Aphrodite, you could never love me back.” It’s definitely not a love song. It’s more of a tribute to a dead relationship. I find that music is the best way for me to process my emotions, so a lot of my songs are just melodies about my past experiences.
What has your musical journey been like so far?
It’s been surreal, to be honest. When I was writing music in high school, I never imagined that anyone would ever hear my music. I wrote and composed my album “Bloom” alone on my piano for 2 years before I even considered producing it. During the pandemic, I took it upon myself to learn how to use DAWs to produce and make my ideas come to life. It’s been amazing to see others enjoy my music, even though it’s a small group, I’m super grateful for all the support.
What is your favourite sound in the world?
I love the sound of waves crashing against the shore. There’s something so therapeutic but also haunting about it. I think that’s why I used ocean sounds in my song “Sirens”. I really wanted to build the atmosphere and make the listener feel like they are by the water.
If you were a food, which would you be and why?
Oh, I have no idea! I asked my followers, and I got answers like pop rocks, sour patch kids, and monster energy drinks. So I’m guessing something sweet but also chaotic? I’m definitely no angel food cake.
Does the place you inhabit influence your music much?
I think the people in my life influence me more than my city. Unfortunately, I live just a bit outside of Toronto. So instead of tall buildings, neon lights, and artistic crowds, I get… just a basic suburb. It’s not very inspiring for creatives. However, I’ve made many artistic friends here. Me and my best friend Sophie, a fellow musician, started hosting an open mic to bring music to our area. Sadly we had to take a break due to the pandemic but we’re currently planning out a new open mic!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
MARINA MARINA MARINA! Ohmygod Marina and the Diamonds. She’s my all-time favourite. Her songwriting and singing skills are out of this world! Her music means so much to me since she inspired me to start writing my own songs. You can definitely hear the Marina influence in Aphrodite’s Dead if you pay attention. I’m totally manifesting her somehow seeing this and reaching out, aha.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I just released a nightcore mix of a handful of my songs called “ALL MY DREAMZ ARE KANDY, PIXELZ, AND HEARTBREAK.” That was a fun project, I just really wanted to experiment with my music for a bit. I’m now focused on working on a full-length album covering themes like childhood innocence and young love. My big goal this year is to play live! I would love to be a part of a show and to gain experience performing!