Photography by Ted Min
Photography by Ted Min
Kira Puru
28.06.19

Everything Is Better With Kira Puru

The musician talks to LOL’s Creative Director about the fine line between being transparent and oversharing, Deepak Chopra and challenging the idea of pop music personalities we know today. Catch Kira’s new single ‘Everything Is Better Without You’ here and even better yet, see her IRL on her national tour this June and July.

When I looked through your Instagram I saw vulnerability and strength in your words. Why do you think it’s important to share these truths with your audience and friends?

I feel like I grew up putting so much pressure on myself. Being a kooky, chubby, brown kid with mixed-race parents and confused queer feelings, I spent so much time thinking that I was wrong, trying to make myself smaller and more palatable. I definitely had people tell me once or twice that being unique is special or whatever but the thing that has always put me at ease was hearing other people’s stories and realising that we’re all going through our own feelings of doubt and isolation.



It’s nice to have insight into other people’s experiences and shed some more light on issues that aren’t discussed in wider media. I know that style of transparency isn’t for everyone though, and lately I’ve really been trying to focus on the line between oversharing and being disrespectful of the boundaries of others.

I know that style of transparency isn’t for everyone though and lately I’ve really been trying to focus on the line between oversharing and being disrespectful of the boundaries of others.

So amongst many things, you’re also a photographer. What’s your fave thing to shoot?

I love shooting portraits. I’ve never been any good at taking photos of other stuff. I really like the challenge of trying to capture someone’s essence in a split second.

When you’re not doing that, what else do you like to do on your downtime?

If I’m not wrapped up on the couch watching a trashy TV show, I’m probably on some bougey date with my partner. I’d love to be reading more and seeing more music and art though. Hopefully after this tour is done!

When it comes to your work, have you encountered interpretations of it that feel inaccurate? Misunderstandings?

I think I’m probably misunderstood more often than my work to be honest. I’m kind of a loudmouth on social media.

I think a lot of my songs have fairly evident meanings. There’s definitely a greater significance to me, in certain lines or in the way they emerged and were written. I feel like those little nuggets are just a cool bonus for those who want to dig in and know more though. I think it’s nice to leave your work open for interpretation and let it take on its own unique shape for each person who listens.

When we met you were experiencing a bit of burnout. What do you think is integral for you going forward to feel good?

I’m pretty terrible at saying no. And I think it’s more about admitting to myself that I can’t do something rather than letting someone else down. I think knowing your boundaries and limitations is powerful. And just remembering that things take time and it’s not necessary to do everything all at once.

Somewhere along the line I started thinking my self worth was directly related to my output and I’m really trying to let go of that narrative moving forward.

Somewhere along the line I started thinking my self worth was directly related to my output and I’m really trying to let go of that narrative moving forward.

Has anyone recently given you advice that has unlocked something for you?

I keep coming back to this Deepak Chopra quote:

‘If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.‘

I struggle with letting go...to not let my mind replay things over and over and obsess over how I could have done things differently, better. This quote has always soothed me and helped me remember that worry is a waste of my time.

What do you look for in creating your music? What is it you’re trying to do?

Originally, I used music as therapy, as a way to talk through the feelings I was having and reimagine events in my life. Nowadays, I am more focused on using music as a way to put positive energy into the world. To write words that empower me and maybe even others too.

At the moment, I’m exploring and trying to capture what it is about good pop tunes that make it hard for you to stand still. I want to make myself laugh. I want to make music that’s gutsy and holds space for misfits like me while still feeling fun and free. I’m really interested in challenging traditional ideas on what pop music and pop personalities look like.

What did putting out ‘Everything Is Better Without You’ mean to you? How does it feel?

It’s really about growth. Like the sneaky kind where you’re just so occupied desperately trying to recover from heartbreak that you can’t feel your bones knitting under the surface. And then one day you see your ex and wait for your heart to jump through your chest but it never does and you’re just like, “you know what? I’m actually okay now.”

I felt apprehensive about the title at first because I didn’t want it to sound too….spiteful, I guess. It’s ultimately about feeling your own evolution. Singing it feels so fucking good.

I felt apprehensive about the title at first because I didn’t want it to sound too….spiteful, I guess. It’s ultimately about feeling your own evolution. Singing it feels so fucking good.

🔥🔥🔥QUICKFIRE:🔥🔥🔥

Coffee Order: Long black with a dash of cold water
Song on repeat: Hard Place - H.E.R
Place to hang: Bed
Person to hang with: My boo
Food to snack: I’m a cheese fiend
TV Show you’re watching now: Star Trek 🖖🏽
Nail Colour you want to get next: I’m working my way through a rainbow of pastel glitter
Mantra you’re saying right now: It’s okay to ask for help

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