Unveiling Kira Rizavi: Crafting Dark Pop Anthems and Empowering Mantras in ‘I Hope You’re Scared’
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Unveiling Kira Rizavi: Crafting Dark Pop Anthems and Empowering Mantras in ‘I Hope You’re Scared’

Meet Kira Rizavi, a rising star in the music scene, known for her captivating blend of “dark pop.” Influenced by the likes of Faouzia, Grimes, Olivia Rodrigo, Jhene Aiko, and Russ, Kira’s music encapsulates a dynamic range of emotions. In an exclusive interview with Idols 2 Rivals, Kira shares the journey behind her latest single, “I Hope You’re Scared.” Motivated by a desire to connect with a wider audience and showcase her evolving artistry, Kira discusses the raw vulnerability in her voice and the empowering themes woven into her lyrics. The interview delves into her songwriting process, experiences in dancing and acting, and plans for the future, including the exploration of Middle Eastern sounds. As Kira gears up for live performances in NYC this summer, fans can anticipate a transformative musical journey characterized by authenticity, individuality, and a powerful message of self-love and resilience.

Idols 2 Rivals (I2R): Kira, can you take us through the moment you decided “I Hope You’re Scared” would be your next single?

Kira Rizavi (KR): I decided I wanted to show a more dynamic version of myself. I aim to relate to a wider audience every time I release more music, so that I can continue to grow and push myself. Everyone feels so many emotions, and I want to continue to encapsulate as many as I can in my discography.

I2R: You’ve described your music as “dark pop.” What artists or sounds influenced this direction for you?

KR: Faouzia, Grimes, Olivia Rodrigo, Jhene Aiko, Russ

I2R: You mentioned a “sweet spot” in your chest voice that’s powerful for you. Could you elaborate on how you discovered this and how it shapes your music?

KR: I think it’s hard to access that part of your voice until you have some life experience. It’s so powerful and raw, and easily to color it with emotion. I think before I wasn’t ready to delve into the level of my voice until this past year.

I2R: “I Hope You’re Scared” carries a strong message about self-priority and confidence. Was there a personal experience that inspired these themes?

KR: Not a specific experience perse, but the phrase I hope you’re scared carries significance for me. It’s powerful to have a phrase or mantra that you can hold for yourself and keep you strong and grounded. People will always try to cut you down, and often its hard to find the right time or space to react in the moment. These mantras make me feel empowered. A phrase of confidence and belonging.

I2R: Can you share with us the process of crafting the lyrics for “I Hope You’re Scared” and how you ensure your diction is clear and impactful?

KR: I really just thought about what I say to myself when others speak down to me or underestimate me. Then the idea continued to blossom.

I2R: You’ve got a unique blend of soulful essence and modern resonance. How do you balance these to appeal to such a broad audience?

KR: I don’t really focus on balancing it, my music more reflects what I’m being exposed to in the time and what I am feeling needs to be expressed from inside of me.

I2R: Could you walk us through your songwriting process, especially how you go from an idea to a complete song?

KR: I have a songwriting journal that I am constantly writing ideas in, and will often record voice memos of hooks and musical ideas when I am out and about. Then I go back to them and see if they have stuck – and if I am inspired to create more.

I2R: What role does self-discovery play in your music, and how has your own journey influenced the tracks you create?

KR: My music is all about self discovery… I try to express what I would like to view on the stage or listen to through my airpods. The music and lyrics I write often surprise me and act as catharsis – they show me what is actually important or often illuminate things I am missing or haven’t seen before.

I2R: In what ways do you think your dancing and acting background contributes to your musical performances?

KR: My acting and dance background significantly helps my live performances and my rehearsal process. Ever since a child, I have been used to being in front of a crowd. This has only served me moving forward in my singing career. Dance has been particularly impactful as I use dance in combination with my lyrics and vocals to really drive my song’s message across in my music videos.

I2R: You’ve built a dedicated following at a young age. What’s your message to those who connect with your music?

KR: Love yourself in whatever state you’re in, and don’t let people tear you down.

I2R: What’s the most challenging part of creating music that’s both vulnerable and empowering?

KR: It feels like there’s a wall or a tree that’s been cut down – vulnerable but necessary to tap into yourself completely and not shy away from feelings that aren’t only positive.

I2R: How do you plan to evolve your sound in future projects, and are there any genres you’re eager to explore?

KR: Digging more into my chest voice and that raw vulnerability…I am also exploring more middle eastern sounds and movement in my upcoming singles and performances. I have been lucky enough to live in the middle east recently, and learned more about my Pakistani roots.

I2R: With “I Hope You’re Scared,” what do you hope listeners will feel or take away after hearing it?

KR: I really just hope each person has their own individual response. One that is authentic and specific to them. Whatever they need to take away from the song in the moment is exactly what they need and what I want to give.

I2R: Looking ahead, what can your fans expect from you in the coming year, both musically and in terms of live performances?

KR: I am planning to release more music and perform live this summer in NYC! Follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with all of my performances and music! @misskira____