Lauren interviews a pop star! My interview with Shirin – a rising star!
Today I am delighted to interview a rising star – singer/songwriter Shirin who you may have heard earlier in the year on Ras Kwame’s Radio1Xtra show. Shirin, 19, has been writing music since the age of 10 and recording music since the age of 13 and is now working on becoming a superstar! I chatted to her on Skype:
Lauren: Hi Shirin! Thank you for taking part in this interview for Lauren Loves Blog. I hope you’re not bored of interviews yet! How are you today?
Shirin: Well thank you for having me, Of course I’m not bored of interviews... I’m a right chatter box :)
Lauren: Oh good! Me too! So tell us about yourself
Shirin: Ok, well I'm proud to be a Hampshire born lady and have grown up in a very supportive and musical family. I've been working very hard for nearly 7 years now at learning and perfecting my craft as a performer and songwriter.
Lauren: Wow so musical roots! How would you describe your sound?
Shirin: Oh most defiantly! I guess the only way to describe my music is a fusion of sounds, it has elements of R'n'B and Electro with a Poppy edge, and cutting through it all is the Dubstep base!
Lauren: Ooh! My kinda thing! And you’ve recently come back from recording in LA right? How was that?
Shirin: Well my last trip to LA was for 12 days in February this year. It was incredible! I went out there to work on some new material with my U.S Producer Bellringer, and as soon as the plane hit the runway he was assigning my musical homework for the next day’s first recording session. We went with a blank canvas and came back with 9 new tracks
Lauren: That must have been hard work! Not the glamorous popstar lifestyle we all imagine?
Shirin: Hehe, I guess I don't really think of it as work because I enjoy it so much... it's my kind of 'Holiday'! Yeah that's a very misleading image! L.A is such an interesting place; you have the richest people in the world living across the road from homeless people!
Lauren: A big question - Shirin is such an unusual name, tell us more about it
Shirin: Well my mother is Iranian, and Shirin is a very old Iranian name. It means Sweet... and it's no coincidence that I adore candy (as I’m sure you can see from my video for 'Taking you away')
Lauren: Well that brings me onto my next question! Your new single “Taking you away” is so good – I especially love the bath of sweets in the video! Can you tell us what the song is inspired by?
Shirin: It was the first track we did on my trip to L.A! My music is all about escapism, finding that inner diva and feeding your indulgence with my sweet sound! I wrote the song about taking my audience away with me into 'my world' every time they put my record on. And even if it's just for 3 minutes that they can escape then they return feeling on top of the world! Oh and with the bath of sweets... there were 4000 gumballs in there and I still have them in my garage!!
Lauren: I’m coming round yours!
Shirin: Haha... are you really sure you'd want to eat one after I rolled about in them for almost 2 hours!
Lauren: Ok maybe not then! So now questions from the twittersphere: What is the most random thing you’ve received from a fan?
Shirin: Well, just the other day one of my gorgeous fans had made me a cross stitch picture of my name with a lollipop and sweet wrapper picture either side, I felt very proud :)
Lauren: Oh that’s so sweet! (No pun intended!) A question from @MadameMojito – what is your favourite song at the moment?
Shirin: Usher- DJ got us falling in love
HAIR, BEAUTY AND FASHION
Lauren: Let’s move onto my reader’s favourite subject – beauty and fashion! You are so stunning; most of my readers will want to know what your favourite make up brand is?
Shirin: Aww thank you, you’re too sweet (again no pun!) I have such a mish mash of makeup brands in my bag, I use Benefit for my foundation, Sleek, MAC and Barry M for my eyes, L’Oreal for my mascara, and Rimmel for eye liner and blusher
Lauren: Do you do your own make-up for your tour or do you have a hair and makeup artist?
Shirin: I do my own hair and make - up for my tour at the moment, but I have a fab make - up artist Natalie Harman, for video shoots and I am sponsored by Hair OTT
Lauren: @HandLhair on twitter actually asked about your hair, they ask: Your hair is beautiful – what products do you use?
Shirin: I always use Tigi products, currently appearing on my shelf is: Dumb blonde shampoo and conditioner followed by S Factor wonderful tonight. Then I style it with S Factor Dream drops, Rockaholic Rock out, Rockaholic Punk out, Rockaholic Rocktastic, Rockaholic Fun Times, Bed Head manipulator and finish off with Bed Head Headrush... blimey I do use a lot!
Lauren: That’s more than me! I’m addicted to the Superstar range – my hair can never be big enough! Ok, on to fashion. How would you describe your style?
Shirin: My style can be described as colourful, girly, diva, cutesy, and Hollywood glamour
Lauren: Yeah I’ve noticed you have an on-stage style which seems to consist of bright colours and really fashion-forward looks. How did you come up with this look and do you think your look reflects your music?
Shirin: Fashion is such a big part of the creative side of me. Being the youngest of 3 girls I was always the dolly they wanted to dress up and since then I’ve always had a passion for it. When I write music I think about the visuals, what the video will look like, what colours, what I’ll be wearing and I try to translate this on stage too. I think what’s most important to me is not following fashion but always having style, they're two separate things.
Lauren: Well you get it so right – you always look amazing. Can you tell us about your favourite outfit?
Shirin: Thank you soo much! Yeah my all time fave outfit to perform in is what I call my roman diva outfit which is in the picture on the right. It features in the video where I’m sat on the runway surrounded by shoes. It was just a simple orange dress, and I bought some bright green material, a few necklaces and asked my friend Luci King to put it together for me with a high shoulder pad.
Lauren: Who is your favourite fashion designer and what is your favourite high street shop?
Shirin: My favourite high street shop is Miss Selfridge, Firstly because they do a size 4 :) and secondly because it's just so cute and girly and my favourite designer is Hannibal Laguna, He can make anyone a princess in his gowns!
Lauren: You’re a size 4! I’m so jealous!
Shirin: Yeah, but don't get me wrong... I eat all the time!!! I just have a fast metabolism!
Lauren: Rub it in! lol! What is your favourite trend at the moment, and which trend don’t you get?
Shirin: I'm loving that bright block colours are making their way into the Autumn season and even down to the shoes!!! There’s not really a trend I’m not keen on, I guess anything that would take away from being feminine
Lauren: You have a song called Sky High Heelz - how do you manage to wear heels all the time?
Shirin: Yes I do, I wrote it to empower women. It's about putting a pair of heels on and feeling the power they give you, like you can conquer the world. Well I’m only 5ft 2 (and a half) so I started my fetish for shoes when I just stopped growing. It takes practise but I’m so used to wearing them now they're part of my feet... I own a very large collection.
Lauren: You’re braver than me! I can only handle them for short bursts but I’m good at gazing at them admiringly! If you had an unlimited amount of money, what would you buy?
Shirin: Hmm maybe a Lamborghini, a sparkly one!
Lauren: That’s different from the normal girly answer – a Chanel handbag! What is number one on your shopping list at the moment?
Shirin: Hehe, my number one is a bright yellow pair of heels, but I can't seem to find the right ones yet... I guess I’ll keep searching!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
Lauren: If you have any time off from touring, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Shirin: I love food! I like taking drives and finding adorable tea rooms or country pubs, and I also love to bake... I make THE best cupcakes mmm!
Lauren: Wow! Talented, gorgeous and a good cook! What are you most proud of?
Shirin: My Team! They're my family, my support network! And without them I really wouldn't be able to do what I love!
Lauren: Aww that’s lovely! What’s your favourite film?
Shirin: It's a close tie between 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' and 'SpongeBob The Movie' ... two completely different films I know!
Lauren: Haha! I have the SpongeBob Movie on DVD! It’s soo good! Are you scared of anything?
Shirin: I know I’m seriously crazy for that yellow sponge! I'm afraid of the dark and spiders eeew!
Lauren: Urgh I’m scared of the dark too! What is your favourite magazine?
Lauren: Good choice! Question from @MadameMojito – Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Shirin: If it's a beach holiday I’m after you can't beat the Caribbean, but I also love Norway the scenery and shops are just fabulous!
Lauren: Ooh so you’re well travelled! Have you ever met anyone famous?
Shirin: Yeah I’ve supported, Wiley, Kano, DJ Ironik, Aggro Santos, Ryan Leslie... hmm I can't think of any others off the top of my head!
Lauren: *jaw drops* AMAZING! Where would you like to be in 5 years?
Shirin: Awww Thank you! In 5 years I want to be selling out Arena tours worldwide
Lauren: I’m sure you’re going to be bigger than Gaga! And finally, the most important question - where can my readers hear and buy your music from?
Shirin: Thank you so much! Well you can visit my website www.shirinofficial.com and there are links to all my fansites on there as well as my latest news, tour dates, music and videos. My Single 'Taking you Away' is out at the end of this year and will be available on all good digital download sites (iTunes, HMV, Amazon, Play) Keep checking the website for updates on the release date
Lauren: Thank you for letting us interview you Shirin! I wish you the best of luck with the release of your new single.
Shirin: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! I love this blog and feel very privileged