Kiesza Has Some 'Wild Ideas' for the Future, Including a Duran Duran Collabo
Kiesza -- whose love of the '90s influenced her hit song and video "Hideaway" and throwback album Sound of a Woman -- has now worked with an iconic band who broke through in the previous decade.
"I did a song with Duran Duran recently," she tells Billboard. "They never officially named it yet. I did write a little bit on it and I'm singing on it. That was amazing."
The 26-year-old Calgary native, born Kiesa Ellestad, won three Juno Awards over the weekend in Hamilton, Ontario, for breakthrough artist, dance recording and video. The single-shot dance video for "Hideaway," shot by her brother Blayre, was released online last February and now has more than 205 million views on YouTube.
"I released my album [in October], so there's a lot more videos coming out from that," she told media backstage, "touring the world still till the end of May, doing a lot of festival throughout the summer and also going to start working on my second album as well. And you'll see a few features coming out as well to do with other artists.
"You never know what to expect of me. I have a lot of wild ideas, but there's definitely a lot to come."
Duran Duran was the only collaboration she was willing to reveal to Billboard at this time. Kiesza, who created her sound with main producer/co-writer Rami Samir Afuni, has also written for or with Icona Pop, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna and Skrillex and Diplo's Jack U collaboration.
But she did tell media one of her wild ideas: She said Blayre had been filming since they were kids and she was "more or less the stars in all of all his childhood films, so I've been in front of a camera my whole life. I'm thinking of writing a movie myself that is a musical from start to finish but that's sort of a long-term project."