Strong voice, determined eyes and the big hair. Klaudia is a Lithuanian born singer as well as artist based in UK doing her best to become a well known music Diva. I unexpectedly discovered her on Facebook, and I am so glad I did. There are things you just can’t miss.
Klaudia, first of all, tell me about yourself and your background.
I was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1993 and both my parents are Lithuanian. I came to England with my mum at the age of 5. I later returned to Lithuania when I was 8 and attended Juozas Naujalis Music school in Kaunas for three years, where I first started my musical journey. I was classically trained as a cellist and pianist there.
I later returned to England when I was 11 and have stayed here ever since. Some of my relatives live in Lithuania, so I go back to visit them.
I carried on playing cello in England, taking grades, playing in orchestras and competitions. I only started showing interest in singing at college. I wanted to move away from classical side of music and picked a college course in jazz and pop. We were put in bands with other students and although I adapted some cello to our projects I started showing more interest in playing keys and backing vocals.
After college I went to The University of Southampton where I studied music performance and will be graduating from there this summer. This is where my vocal journey really took off. Working with my vocal coach Nicola Christie helped me develop my voice, find my sound and genre.
I have been signed to management and am working with well established producers on new material ready for a debut single release, date TBC. My genre is pop/dance music with heavy influence from house and drum&bass.
You are a singer and you write songs. When did all that begin? Was it your dream since the childhood?
My singing and song writing really started 4 years ago, but my dream has always been to be a musician, I just didn’t know I could sing!
Classical music is great, but it didn’t allow me maximum freedom, why should I always play someone else’s work and hide behind an instrument? I believe the voice is the most powerful form of expression.
Do you follow Baltic music scene?
I do follow the Baltic music scene, I’m impressed with the dance music currently coming from Lithuanian producers.
As a music artist, what is the main message you are seeking to send to your targets?
I hope to convey self believing, positive messages in my music. I want people to feel confident, strong and inspired to be the best they can be.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Musically my inspiration includes Michael Jackson, as he was the ultimate show man. Artist such as Duke Dumont, Disclosure, John Newman, Ella Eyre, Sam Smith, MNEK, Rudimental have really Influenced my music.
What are your role models?
My biggest role model is my mum. She is the strongest person I know and keeps moving ahead with a smile no matter what comes her way. She always has my back.
What’s on your iPod at the moment?
There is a wide range of music on that. Some embarrassing songs that I don’t want to play during shuffle. My favourite artists are currently Disclosure, Bonobo, Clean Bandit, Nero, Sam Smith, John Newman, Ella Eyre, MNEK, Rudimental.
How does your daily life look like? What about your hobbies? Free time? Any passions?
I am currently in the studio a lot recording and writing new material, that takes up pretty much all my free time, but I’m happiest doing that! I have been super busy with my band, rehearsing and performing. We are playing The Hairy Man Festival’s main stage in September, so really excited for that.
Are you day dreaming? What about?
I don’t have much time for daydreaming as I’m always focused on the task at hand, but I get excited about what my future holds. The music industry is very unpredictable, but that’s what makes it interesting. You have to work hard to get what you desire.
What are your favourite fashion brands? How would you describe your clothing style?
Some favourite high street brands include Top Shop, H&M, Zara.
I’d say my style is glam with an edge. Love leather jackets, mule boots and big curly hair.
I also love long duster coats and blazers.
3 must have things in summer?
A great playlist, fun company and big hair! ;)https://youtu.be/ESjhmg3i1gI?list=UUTi7KJBAGgnAbcl9lNHpdzg