Kuba Kluza is a talented pianist and singer from Krakow, Poland. He grew up in a house filled with music and he has certainly inherited the musical genes from his parents. This summer he released his debut single, ‘This Time’. It is powerful and stirring and highlights Kluza’s soaring and passionate vocals. It is about finding yourself at a crossroads and feeling under pressure to make a decision about what direction to move in. Kluza begs for guidance and support and his frustration is hauntingly tangible. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to chat with Kluza about his debut single, growing up in a musical family and iconic music venues…
What was it like growing up in a musical family?
Oh, it was definitely different than in other families. I mean, each family is unique, that’s for sure, but in my family I was surrounded by music all the time. Honestly, I don’t remember a day without music in my life. It’s the same now, my home is filled with different melodies or sounds coming from every single room. I know many people have various visions about how a family as mine lives. When I was attending music school some of my mates envied me because I had parents who, as musicians, could help me with more difficult topics and having them be educated in this area was really helpful. But I also had to learn everything by myself just like the rest of the kids. I’m really grateful I was born in a musical family because now I can’t imagine my life without music – as cliché as it sounds.
You play the piano and sing, would you like to learn any other instruments?
Yeah, on my bucket list I’ve written “learn to play the drums” but I also want to learn to play the guitar. I admire people who are multi-instrumentalists and especially when they play each instrument so well. I certainly want to develop my skills there.
What has the response been like to your debut single ‘This Time’?
It’s been incredible! For a couple of days I received great messages and warm words, praising my song, from people that I barely knew. Also many of my friends were impressed. I experienced people getting emotional over ‘This Time’ and even crying! It all was absolutely heart-warming. Releasing this song was one of the best decisions of my life.
What inspired the track ‘This Time’?
When it comes to lyrics, I created the song in a period of difficulty when I realised I knew where I wanted to go with my life but I didn’t know how to do it. I felt I was lacking certain tools. I knew I wanted to be an artist and I clearly specified my goals but I kept asking “How can I put all those dreams into action?”. I became an adult and had to think what university I should choose and what would be the best decision for me. I remember this world’s pressure telling me to decide faster and I felt overwhelmed with all this. That’s how the lyrics for ‘This Time’ came about. They’re based on my feelings that I carried at that time. In the song I beg for some helping hand to lead me out from that mess.
How old were you when you wrote your first song and what was it about?
I remember the first song I wrote was with my older sister. I can’t remember how old I was then – maybe eight years old – but I remember it was about dancing. I still remember the lyrics of the song! The rhymes we used in it were illogical sometimes but we didn’t care! We had a great time writing it and so I have a soft spot for our song ‘Dancing’.
Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
Yes, it’s been releasing my debut track. I was so happy and proud of myself when it came out. I remember I’d been waiting for this moment and when I saw it on the release day, at midnight on Spotify, I recorded the display screen. I was so thrilled about it that I couldn’t sleep later on! That has been one of the biggest steps that I have taken so far since entering this business. It was unforgettable.
Do you get nervous before live performances?
Well I think yes, but it’s always different. It depends on the event or what kind of performance it is. It seems it’s easier for me to perform in front of thousands than perform in front of my relatives or friends. I always get more nervous when I know they’re in the audience. But no matter what, I love doing it, whether I am stressed or not, I just feel this is what I should be doing.
What is your favourite music venue in Krakow?
I really like listening to music in huge venues because it makes it more exciting to me. My favourite is Tauron Arena Kraków with a capacity of several thousands. Each year I attend the Film Music Festival there and it’s amazing! You listen to how music fills the venue up and see so many people join in with this moment with you. My family is associated with a famous club in the city called Piwnica pod Baranami because certain members of my family perform there regularly and I had the chance to perform on stage with them once. It is a well known place for city artists and I love it. Many popular Krakow singers used to appear there.
If you could perform at any venue in the world, where would you choose?
Oh, that’s a tough one. There are many legendary and iconic venues in the world where my favourite artists have performed and where I would love to do so. But if I need to pick one…well I would hesitate between Madison Square Garden in New York and Wembley Stadium in London. I believe I will perform at both of them in my life but because I imagine my dream tour in front of a very big audience, I’d say Wembley.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
Honestly I can’t say if I really want to collaborate with anyone on my albums. I want to sing solo in all my tracks. I just like the concept that when you sign anything with your name, you do everything by yourself, from start to finish. Maybe I’ll change this decision in the future. I’m open to collaborating with someone on their album and I think it could be interesting to sing with Tori Kelly or Sia.
What are you currently working on and do you have any upcoming shows?
I’m working on my next single right now and I hope it’ll be released soon!
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By Eveline Vouillemin – Up&Coming