Kirsty Adams Urges Fellow Artists to take Advantage of #Lockdown

Kirsty Adams is a South Africa singer, songwriter/composer, violinst, music academic and philanthropist. She refers to herself as classi...

Kirsty Adams is a South Africa singer, songwriter/composer, violinst, music academic and philanthropist. She refers to herself as classically nurtured, born into a pop nature. Her style fuses her eclectic interest in jazz, classical, R&B and pop music styles. In 2019, Kirsty released her debut EP ‘The Wings Beneath My Feathers’. She has co- or self-produced her music videos, bring her fashion, film and photography enthusiasm onto her platform of music. Kirsty has written music for projects such as the SAFTA-award winning student film The Water Dances (2018). Kirsty started a non-profit campaign in 2017 called The Platform during her studies at Stellenbosch University to unite artists on Stellenbosch campus in performance dedicated to under spoken causes and raise proceeds. Kirsty has worked musically with local South Africa artists such as Ben Ludik, PHFat and rapper Aqeem Jones. Kirsty has been accepted to study a masters in songwriting at New York University and makes plans to fulfill this opportunity while continuing her music work in South Africa. 

She caught up with Urban Craft magazine's own Godfrey Johnson (GJ) for a brief chat recently.....

GJ: We are half way through the lockdown, how have you been using this time?

KA: I have been using this time to mourn, meditate and replenish first, before I approached practicing and planning music events. Part of my meditation is to write my feelings, which eventually will translate to music. I have been connecting with artists in the country, whether it be talking out the pandemic and collaborative projects – obviously via Zoom/Skype. I have also been raising funds for my studies in the United States as I am accepted to study a masters degree in Songwriting at New York University.

GJ: What advice do you have for the artists who are feeling particularly anxious about the future?

KA: Take time to feel and identify what you’re feeling, and accept the new normal for what it is. This will set you up for brainstorming and researching new ways of putting your art/music out and making a living. One day we will come out of this, and the world will be craving personal connection. Take advantage of this prospect and do it well. The world will thank you for it.

GJ: What are your plans for the future?

KA: Granted that the world has healed from this pandemic enough, I will be releasing a new EP this year, and I will be studying Masters in Songwriting at New York University for which I have been accepted.

GJ:  How has this lockdown affected your work/ business?

KA: In connection with the second question, I have lost music business which impacts greatly on making a living for myself. In a freelance business like this, you cannot depend on scheduled monthly salaries despite the circumstances. Consequently, it has forced me to think of new ways of presenting my music, my art, as well as new and meaningful ways of connecting with my audience, which I think will ultimately add more value to my work. The global narrative has changed, which impacts the way one writes music too.

GJ: Can you name a few of your inspirations?

KA: My inspiration has always been my mother, who is a qualified and retired chartered accountant. With a disadvantaged background and a cynical society, she fought hard for her position. I knew that whatever I would do, which differs greatly to what my mum does, I would do it well if I have the right mindset. My mum always approaches things with realist approach and resilience. That’s all you need to bring your own talents to the next level.

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Urban Craft Magazine: Kirsty Adams Urges Fellow Artists to take Advantage of #Lockdown
Kirsty Adams Urges Fellow Artists to take Advantage of #Lockdown
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