Born in Norway and currently based in Switzerland, K-Syran is an indie artist on a mission. She released her latest album Smoke in my Veins on August 6 on Intimacy Records. The record contains 12 tracks including “Intimacy,” which was selected as the anthem for the 2016 United Nation’s International Women’s Day, and “Hello,” which is currently riding the Billboard Dance Charts.
The album was recorded at Metropolis Studios and produced by Tom Nichols (Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue) and Charlie Thomas (One Direction, Nick Mason), who are credited as The Secret Agents. But what sets the album apart from others is the fact that it combines seductive dance tunes with a thought-provoking message in a style that has become the trademark of K-Syran.
“The power and joy of song has the ability to comfort and inspire each individual. Music can offer hope when people need it most – that’s what I want to give,” says K-Syran. “I wrote some of the material on Smoke In My Veins with women in mind, but the ideas and emotions behind my songs strive to be universal. I think it’s a mistake to think that lyrics in dance music cannot deal with anything of substance. Dance was a form of spiritual activity for human beings throughout the history of our kind, a powerful form of emotional and physical expression. That’s why I want my music to give audiences music that would move their bodies while engaging their minds. ”
In an effort to learn more about this intriguing artist, Indie Voice Blog interviewed her. Check out the results of that interview below:
IVB: How long have you been performing?
K-S: When I was five, I told my parents that I would become an actress. I have been performing ever since and never looked back! Performing is my life, and without it, I believe I would die. I have experienced short periods of not performing in my life, and I felt as though my soul was dying
IVB: Who do you consider to be your influences?
K-S: As a female artist it must be the one and only Madonna! What a woman she is! I believe she will go down in history as a revolutionary, a strong female artist who conquered the entire world with her charisma and determination! She is a true artist and business woman, and a legend who still has children singing her songs!
IVB: What makes your new release special?
K-S: Smoke in my Veins is full of excitement and pleasure because it contains rhythmic chanting with depth! I believe that losing yourself in rhythmic movements that get your pulse racing can induce a mood of frenzied exhilaration. In addition I hope that my vulnerable lyrics will reach you deep inside.
IVB: What are your future plans?
K-S: I’m working on a new album which I’m super excited about. Because of the success of my single “Hello,” which reached #38 on the Top 40 Billboard Charts, and my album in the United States and the UK, I am planning a mini-tour. In addition to my music, I’m still working as an actress. I am filming a psycho thriller at the moment, and my part is exciting and challenging.
I am also producing my play, Breaking the Silence, in Geneva next January. I wrote the play for an amazing cause that we should all be more aware of called Human Rights Watch.
In Africa, young girls are getting married between the ages of 13 to 14, and are starting families. Medically speaking, they are far too young to give birth, and often end up with vaginal fistulas, resulting in their rejection by their husbands and the community. This condition can be corrected with a tiny, inexpensive operation that can save these girls.
IVB: Do you have any stories you want to share about your band – touring, recording, or fan interaction.
K-S: While touring with Blue on their UK tour, my dancing DJ’s system completely broke down on set, forcing me to sing a cappella in front of an audience of 4000! I loved every second. It was such a treat being on this one month tour with Blue’s four guys, Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa.
IVB: What types of social media do you use?