Film: BROOKE JAMES PRODUCTION    Photography: THOM KERR      Hair: IGGY ROSALES using SHOWPONY HAIR EXTENSIONS & VS SASSOON & CURL SECRET STYLING TOOL     Beauty: BECCA GILMARTIN      Styling: LYDIA-JANE SAUNDERS

LION HEART  – KIMBRA 

Soulful singer Kimbra’s undeniable talent, authenticity, and artistic point of view has elevated her from fellow pop contemporaries. Her continual evolution into a one-of-a-kind artist made her the perfect choice for the debut cover for Laud.

BEAUTY
Becca Gilmartin using: Evohe, Kryolan, Face Atelier, Makeup Forever, Lash Republic, Senna
EYES: Erin Bigg Luxe Crème Gel Eyeliner Pot-Onyx Lash Repubic SC43 Iconic Volume

HAIR
Iggy Rosales using VS Sassoon Curl Secret Styler & Showpony Hair Extensions

BEAUTY
Becca Gilmartin using: Evohe, Kryolan, Face Atelier, Makeup Forever, Lash Republic, Senna
EYES: Erin Bigg Luxe Crème Gel Eyeliner Pot-Onyx Lash Repubic SC43 Iconic Volume

HAIR
Iggy Rosales using VS Sassoon Curl Secret Styler & Showpony Hair Extensions

KIMBRA wearing: JAIME LEE Dress, KITTE ACCOUTREMENT Ring and Bangle

BEAUTY
Becca Gilmartin using Kryolan, Cinema Secrets, Sephora, Benefit, Napoleon & Lash Republic.
HAIR
Iggy Rosales using VS Sassoon Curl Secret Styler & Showpony Hair Extensions

KIMBRA wearing: JAIME LEE

Interview by: Thom Kerr

Kimbra has always marched to the beat of her own drum. Having experienced the roller coaster ride of a hit single, a grammy, a sheep farm whilst recording The Golden Echo, and travelling around the world touring, The soul searching beauty is the embodiment of the spirited wanderer.

After touring your last album The Golden Echo, how has life been treating you?
Well, in that time I traveled to Ethiopia, drove across the United States on a road trip, and moved to New York city! I have been spending a lot of time just feeding my spirit and nourishing the side of myself that thrives on nature and observing the world without thinking of myself as a musician, but just a human being. It is a totally different way of observing. Sometimes we attach so much of who we are to the thing we do but I wanted to break out of that a bit this year. Moving to New York has been an amazing and liberating move for me. Life feels expansive after spending time in different parts of the world (not being on tour) and I have grown a tonne as a person.

You’ve made NYC your new home, what is it about the city that speaks to you?
You cannot chose what you walk out onto when you open the door to the street. You are thrust into a melting pot of stimuli, diversity, and culture whether you want to or not. You grow tough in this city and also have to be disciplined in removing yourself when needed. I have found some sacred spaces already where I feel I can escape and find some quiet – which is important – but ultimately this city makes me feel deeply part of something and liberates my spirit to be expressive and constantly in wonder. There is a feeling of serendipity that seems to linger in the air here, a sense that you’ll never know what you might run into or come across and for an artist, I think that sense of connectedness is something I thrive off. I have another side of my personality that also likes to hibernate though, which is why I’ve always felt more comfortable in winter cities where you can lock yourself up during a season and then re-emerge when the seasons change.

As an artist, where do you draw most of your inspiration from? Books, Cinema, Music?
It is never just one medium, they all inspire me at different times. With film, it will often be one movie that just stands out and becomes a point of connect for me as opposed to a tonne of movies. I am drawn to films that transport me in some way but with books I like to read from more of an intellectual standpoint which challenges my brain and the way I live my life. I have always enjoyed books that seek to explain man’s search for meaning and the journey of the Mystics throughout world religions. Although I may not reference these things directly I think that this sense of ‘yearning’ exists in a lot of what I do. I am also inspired most by the music that pushes me to go deep within myself while also reaching beyond myself in some way. I can get that feeling from pop music or a Qawalli raga, to be inspired is to be sent to a state of curiosity for me. If I am curious then I become like a child and can open myself to ways of expression that feel unique and limitless. I really believe in trying to approach the music without the mind for as long as possible. Of course the mind is engaged, and especially when trying to complete a work but within the first seeds of conception I like to live in the space of curiosity.

How important is the visual element of your music to you?
It is the frame around the picture. The picture (or in this the context, the music) can live without it but when there is a context and a visual space for the sounds to live in, then you hear things in a new way. I also feel really blessed to have the platform I do and receive great enjoyment in sharing that with others and helping their creativity reach an audience too. I love using the different mediums to create an experience for people that connects them deeper to what I do.

You are known for your amazing lips – what are some of your favourite makeup looks from your past photoshoots and videos?
There is a look I love in the video ‘90s music’ where my hair is in 2 buns like Mickey Mouse and I have blue mascara and bright orange lips. I just loved this collision of colours and the way it popped. Although it seems so long ago now I do think there was a statement and iconic look to my video Cameo Lover which sent me down a rabbit hole of playing with structural hairstyles, crazy lip colours and silhouettes in my outfits. I also love the makeup and hair on the front of The Golden Echo, it was very different for me but I think represented a maturity to my music in the visuals.

What is your relationship with hair and makeup? What does it represent to you?
We are so multi-faceted as human beings and for me it has been a way of continuing to explore the different shades of my personality and spirit, the same way I am always searching for new ways to express that musically. I try to maintain a cohesion and threads within the hair and makeup I play with but ultimately its a way of continuing to evolve and keep opening up new slides of yourself to your audience. That’s what separates it from just being beauty and being an artistic form of expression. So many of us wear different faces and play characters in our life, artists get to expand on this idea and create an intensified world around it.

How do you feel your music has evolved over the last few years?
I am always discovering new things that excite me. They feel like worlds I want to explore so the sound palette has evolved a lot. I have also evolved as a writer and producer which has changed the music a lot. I think the next evolution is probably a returning to some of the simplicity I had as a kid, evolution is not just about getting more and more complex but sometimes about becoming more trusting in what you do and able to be more direct with people. I am excited to see where it evolves to next because ultimately it just feels like something I have to follow, wherever that leads.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
No decision ever defines your journey. Sometimes when you are young everything feels like a life-ordeath moment or crossroads, but as you grow older I think you realise that all things work out for the good when you act in line with your heart and there’s no need to worry so much.

You have recently returned from Ethiopia – can you tell us about your experience?
If I were to sum up the experience though, I came away feeling a new capacity for love open within me that I never knew existed! I felt an affinity with the women I met there which runs very deep and I look forward to returning often to learn from them and the incredibly rich and ancient culture of Ethiopia. It is a truly amazing place.
I would love people to watch the video diaries I made (on my YouTube channel) as I feel these experiences are best explained through hearing someone speak about them rather than words on a page. I also have some great photos from the trip on my blog (www.kimbramusic.tumblr.com).

When will we hear new material?
I plan to put music out early next year. I have been experimenting a lot and want to now start sharing some of that.

What advice would you have for any young artist embarking on an adventure in the creative industries?
Do not be naive about the emotional demands of a life that spends so much time looking and thinking about oneself. It is important to stay balanced and know the deeper reasons for what you do because they are likely to be constantly challenged and tested. Surround yourself with people of pure intention.

Favourite quote of the moment?
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton
www.kimbramusic.com

 

 

 

Photography: THOM KERR
Beauty: BECCA GILMARTIN
Hair: IGGY ROSALES
Styling: LYDIA-JANE SAUNDERS
Featuring: KIMBRA

BEAUTY
Becca Gilmartin using Evohe, Kryolan, Face Atelier, Makeup Forever, Lash Republic, Senna & UMA
EYES: Kryolan Variety Eyeshadow Compact V1, V3 & Lash Republic SC43 Iconic Volume
HAIR
Iggy Rosales using VS Sassoon Curl Secret Styler & Showpony Hair Extensions

KIMBRA wearing:THE SLEEVELESS SOCIETY Jumpsuit, Au Revoir Les Filles – Endless Stacked Rings (Gold Plated), Au Revoir Les Filles – L’Orage Ring (Gold Plated with Black Phantom Opal) & Au Revoir Les Filles – Killaflora Ring (Gold Plated brass)

BEAUTY
Becca Gilmartin using Kryolan, Cinema Secrets, Sephora, Benefit, Napoleon & Lash Republic.
HAIR
Iggy Rosales using VS Sassoon Curl Secret Styler & Showpony Hair Extensions

KIMBRA wearing: JAIME LEE