23-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Ciara Lindsey today launches her debut Kynsy single, 'Cold Blue Light'. An assertive first step from an act we'll hopefully be seeing an awful lot more of, it's a tune that's all at once understated and anthemic, a foreboding, end-of-the-world beast that channels youthful rage into something that's both tragic and yet somehow uplifting. "[It's] about the bullies we all encounter in life and looking for meaning in the darkness they create," she explains. The Irish newcomer tells us more about how it came to be, and what she's got coming up.
Hi Ciara, how's it going? What've you been up to today?
I'm good! I did what most people do, write a list of things to do, get really serious about it all and then completely drop everything to try and write a song in french for about two hours!
What first sparked your interest in music, have you always wanted to be a musician?
I didn't always want to be a musician. When I was much younger, I was really into acting and theatre. The music thing happened for me when I was a teenager and started paying attention to the music my Dad was playing around the house; things like David Bowie, Talking Heads, Television, The Slits and loads of oldies. I remember seeing the video for "Rebel Rebel" and having my mind blown that someone could look so strange and so cool at the same time. I think he spoke to everyone who felt they didn't want to go with the crowd or just had some sort of Neurodiversity.
What was the music scene like in the area you grew up in? Do you still live there now?
Yeah, I'm from Dublin and I'm still here. There's always been a great community vibe here, it's small enough that if you're in the gigging scene here you'll tend to know most people and everyone is very supportive. I've heard that in other cities there can maybe be an element of competition, but I've never seen that in Dublin... only support and community vibbeess.
Your new song 'Cold Blue Light' is really great, is this dark vibe representative of your sound in general?
First of all, thank you!! Yes and no? Overall I do tend to like loud fuzzy guitars but I'm very into the whole 'just do what you feel' sound-wise, and a lot of the other songs I've been working on have completely different vibes. I think pigeonholing yourself, whether it be genre-wise or a certain sound is limiting. Our brains are always changing, so why shouldn't our creative outputs be doing the same thing?
What was the writing process like for that song?
It came out very organically, really. It started when I was just sitting with the guitar one afternoon. I tend to not write a lot from personal experience but this one was sort of personal, so it was easy to understand what I was trying to say with the song. I had been at a New Year's Eve party and there was this awful guy there spouting all this racist crap and he just pissed me off so much. That was the start of the idea.
Are you creative in non-musical ways too? You directed the video, right?
Yes, the video was directed by me (after a few failed attempts at other ideas and not having any money), but I was happy with it in the end. I just wanted to keep it simple and straight and not hide behind anything too flashy or something that would distract people from the song. It's just something I ended up doing because I'm a bit of a control freak and I love learning new things and trying to do things for myself.
What inspires you, both in music and in life?
I think in music the main thing that inspires me is vulnerability and authenticity, and the people who really push themselves in their writing and their music to achieve this. I love the people who can stay away from all those distractions and don't try to fit in.
My friends are also frickin great here, we all have a drive to better ourselves as humans and support each other and push each other, some of my best friends here are fashion designers, painters, filmmakers and songwriters and it's great to have people who want to spend the night talking about art or mental health or personal growth. It gives me a lot of faith in the future. In the past year, I've gotten really into personal growth and certain areas of philosophy, especially Stoicism, it's great! It's like a blueprint of how to think and how to live well and push yourself in a really pure way and that's been inspiring me lately!
What's been the highlight of your time as a musician so far?
I think the highlight for me is just actually all the learning that comes from playing music live and making it in the comfort of your own room. Like every time I play a gig or work on a song I try and capture a lesson from it and I think it's just amazing how much the external world and the internal world is willing to show a new perspective if you're just willing to put yourself out there or bleed on to a page for a few hours.
Where would you like your music to take you?
The main goal is to be able to just keep moving forward and experimenting and having the freedom and the tools to do that. I want to go much deeper with my writing and try to say something really pure and as long as I can keep doing that I'll be happy.
What are you working on right now?
I'm working on finishing an EP at the moment, trying to get some friends to record a few parts on things, and I think I'm nearly there!
Who do you think is the most exciting band or musician around at the mo?
The 1975 are writing some amazing stuff right now.
Tell us a secret about yourself?
I'm actually an A.I. prototype designed to sell products through subliminal messages in lyrics, death to humans.
Kynsy's debut single 'Cold Blue Light' is out now.