Interview: Kiera Court
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“I should really know how an interview goes!”, laughs Kiera Court as she casually reveals that alongside her burgeoning career as solo singer-songwriter she is also at university studying journalism – mounting the pressure on my own skills as her interviewer! Tonight the 19-year-olds music will reach a wider audience as they debut on BBC Radio Essex's Introducing show. “So tell me about 'Cinnamon',” I ask, intrigued by the enigmatic title of Kiera’s debut song. “'Cinnamon' is a song that I wrote… actually I had the chord progression going round in my head and I really liked the laid back way it just kept rolling and I thought I definitely want some words to go with these, and I was stuck on words for ages and then it was one morning, I was having breakfast and I had porridge but I had cinnamon on my porridge and it was just like OH!”, Kiera laughs gleefully at the memory. “And I had to stop half-way through my breakfast and go grab my guitar!”. “It was so weird” she recalls of the song-writing process. “After so long of being just really frustrated it just sort of came”. But how does her choice of breakfast spice fit into the fabric of a song? “Cinnamon is meant to be a metaphor for, when I feel all warm inside, when I have it”. Even in the young artists voice I begin to hear the warming sensation of the cinnamon which inspired her, “It’s such a wintery spice and I just thought that’s how I can imagine a wintery romance to be, waking up in the morning and just feeling warm – I quite like that spice!” she adds, laughing in retrospect at how this smallest of addition to her breakfast routine led to something so progressive for her career. “It’s literally is about cinnamon!” “Maybe porridge will be your lucky charm in the future!” I propose, envisaging this fresh-faced artist backstage before the start of her first tour with a bowl of porridge on her knee. “Yeah!” proclaims Kiera enrolling in my daydream, “I’ll be demanding them everywhere I go like, ‘I’m not a diva but if there are no oat then I’m sorry!’” Asking Kiera to take me back further in her career as a musician I learn how her early love of poetry, and then later interest in journalism, have each inspired her approach to song-writing.
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