30 October, 2014 - RollingStone.com
Kiesza's "Hideaway" began life as a viral dance video when it was uploaded in February. By summer, it had transitioned onto the pop charts and into the clubs, shedding the clip and becoming a Top 10 hit on the dance charts on both sides of the Atlantic. A self-proclaimed "thrill-seeker," the 25-year-old Canadian singing the song and dancing in the video (with a fractured rib, no less) entered music as a ballerina, but after stints in boot camp and a Jackson 5 cover band, she finally made it as a pop star. Last week, she released her first major studio album, Sound of a Woman, and explained to RS the complicated, unusual path that brought her to this point. Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums Did you always grow up with music in your life? Yeah, I had a very musical household. I was more focused on ballet, actually. I trained until the age of three until 15, and then I had the classic "got an injury and had to give it up." I was also a theater kid. I was in The Nanny: The Musical, I was in Little Shop of Horrors. But then I had my mom, who was Ms. Diva-Worshipper. She loved all the divas and Michael Jackson. She controlled the music in our house. She made a Jackson 5 cover band with myself and my two brothers. So we learned all the Jackson 5 songs, and we put on costumes and sang along. It was just in our living room, but Pearl Jam was interested in having us open for them once. My mom was actually like, "Uh, they've never actually done this live." Wait, how did Pearl Jam find out about you? I think my mom was just interested to see if this little household band would have any interest outside, so I think she just asked. I'd have to ask her, but I think just a Jackson 5 cover band with three little kids is really appealing. The thing is when you have kids performing in your living room, you don't know how they are going to perform in front of a stadium of people. I don't think she want to risk us freezing onstage. What divas was your mom into? I had a lot of Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall... Why did I say Diana Krall? We actually did have Diana Krall, but that's totally separate. That was not a diva. We had Aretha Franklin, Etta James, we had Robin S., classic house records like Haddaway and Crystal Waters. And then I fell in love with Aaliyah, so I was into R&B. My brother was into hip-hop, so through his hip-hop influences, I got into R&B: Aaliyah, Destiny's Child, Salt-N-Pepa, TLC, Sade, Erykah Badu. And at some point here you decided to join the Navy? The Navy actually happened simultaneously. I started the tall-ships when I was 16, and I joined the Navy when I was 17. I was in the reserves. I wasn't signed on a contract, because I was still in high school. I was like a part-time naval person, so I had to go through all the training and everything. I would do part-time in the Navy every week, but in the summer I would do the tall-ships. I loved boot camp. They would test us to see how we went over these obstacles, and I'd go climb up this shaky rope over a puddle of water and then go back and do it again. I was showing off. I was like this 17-year-old diva like, "Look I could do it three times over" [laughs]. I ended up winning "Top Shot" award, so I found out I was a good shooter. Somehow the buzz got around, and they called me "Sniper" after that. Then someone from the army approached me and said, "Hey, I work with somebody who trains snipers. There has never been a female sniper, but would you be open to training with him." But I said no. Were you in different bands before you became a solo artist? I was in a rock band; I was my own folk singer; I was in a death metal band for a very short time; I was in a cover band, a jazz band, a blues band. I was in a gospel choir. But they were all side projects. When I started writing commercially, I went to New York and met Rami [Samir Afuni], who did "Hideaway" with me. He got me into the commercial pop writing world, which is ultimately where I was aiming. And I was like, "Oh, I'll just write pop music. It's just a side project to develop my writing." I just wanted to be able to go into a room with any kind of artist. And, "pop" just means popular. Like, whatever is popular at the time, and even if it's an Irish drinking tune that's popular. I wanted to learn how to write popular music, just really simple, catchy melodies. So how did "Hideaway" come about? It was the quickest song I'd ever written. I was actually thinking about moving to L.A., so I had a flight booked that day. I was working in the studio with Rami, and then I was going to go to the airport and catch a flight to L.A. I was leaving, we had finished whatever we were doing and he just started playing around with synths and came around with the "Hideaway" intro. I was just about to leave, and the "Hideaway" melody popped into my head, and I said, "Oh, I like that. Let me just lay it down quickly." He finished it half an hour after that, did a rough mix and master and sent it to me. By the time I got to the airport it was finished, and then I was running so quickly that I only managed to listen to it when I got to L.A. But essentially the song was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in 90 minutes. We never changed anything after that. We didn't give it to anybody to mix or anything. It's the demo that ended up coming out. After the success of "Hideaway," did a lot of artists hit you up to feature on their songs? Actually, at first I said no a lot. I was coming in with not necessarily a new sound, but it's new again. It's coming back. I was trying to stay with the deep house music, and it's a little slower than the EDM, so you have to get people used to the sound. I felt like a lot of the people who were hitting me up were solid, straight-up EDM artists with great music and great songs, but I wanted to really establish who I was as an artist, and I wanted to be successful on my own. I didn't want to be that artist that is successful as a result of someone else. Not that that's wrong, but I felt like I had what it took. I really believed I could do it on my own, so I wanted to try at least. You co-wrote "Go All Night" for the new Gorgon City album. How did you guys get Jennifer Hudson on that track? Actually, they were trying to get my "Hideaway" for her because she was going for a Chicago house sound. I was a sort of established writer now, and they were like, "Uh, please, can we have this song?" And I was like, "Sorry, I'm going to bet on myself this time." Related Behind Kiesza's 'Letterman' Dance Routine How Meghan Trainor Became 2014's Most Unlikely Pop Star How Tove Lo Became Sweden's Darkest Pop Export
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Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freeky letras (Traducción de Alemán)

EN: Sexy boys, fancy boys
DE: Sexy jungen, Phantasie

EN: Playboys, bad boys
DE: Playboys, bad boys

EN: I fink u freeky and I like you a lot (x4)
DE: Ich fink u Freeky und ich mag dich eine Menge (X 4)

EN: Motherfuckers get buzzed off the spice that I bring
DE: Motherfuckers erhalten aus Spice summte, dass ich bringen

EN: Guess who's got the party jumpin'?
DE: Ratet mal, wer hat die Partei Jumpin '?

EN: Glow in the dark rave, aura pumping
DE: Glühen Sie in den dunklen Rave, Aura-Pumpen

EN: It's nice and different, yo fuck the the system
DE: Es ist schön und anders, yo ficken die das System

EN: My system pumps off it's fucking face
DE: Mein System Pumpen aus es ist fucking Gesicht

EN: Step into my world nou's jy tuis in paradys
DE: Treten Sie ein in meine Welt Nou Jy Tuis in paradys

EN: Yo word up to my brother, muis
DE: Yo Wort bis zu meinem Bruder, muis

EN: Pump up your speakers, God se Jesus.
DE: Pumpen Sie Ihre Lautsprecher, Gott Se Jesus.

EN: Kyk wies rapping, lekker to the drum
DE: KYK Wies Rappen, Lekker der Trommel

EN: These bad boys like to smack me in the bum
DE: Diese bösen Jungs wollen mich in den Hintern zu klatschen

EN: My crew's blowing up like Chappies bubblegum
DE: Meine Crew ist wie Chappies Kaugummi Sprengung

EN: Popping in your face, nyaaaa
DE: Tauchen in Ihrem Gesicht, nyaaaa

EN: Yo fuck the rat race my style is rap rave
DE: Yo das Ratterennen ficken mein Stil ist Rap Rave

EN: My crew is kak fresh, so who the fuck cares?
DE: Meine Crew ist Kak frisch, also, wer zum Teufel interessiert?

EN: What you fucking think, I'm the type of chick
DE: Was denken Sie ficken, bin ich der Typ der Küken

EN: Who rolls with spif giftige misfits
DE: Die Rollen mit Spif Giftige misfits

EN: I fink u freeky and I like you a lot (x8)
DE: Ich fink u Freeky und ich mag dich eine Menge (X 8)

EN: Hold up! Whoa, whoa wait a minute-minute, Jesus Christ
DE: Halten! Warten Sie Whoa, whoa eine Minute Minute, Jesus Christus

EN: Yo my man DJ High Tek - Shit, this motherfucking beat is nice
DE: Yo ist mein Mann DJ High Tek - Shit, Motherfucking Beat schön

EN: Back in the day them dwankies didn't want to believe in us
DE: Zurück in den Tag wollte sie Dwankies nicht an uns glauben

EN: Little did they know that they was in for a motherfucking big surprise.
DE: Sie hatte keine Ahnung, dass sie für eine große Überraschung Motherfucking in war.

EN: Left home locked in my Zef Zone
DE: Links Startseite in meiner Zef-Zone gesperrt

EN: Ready for the test yo? What the fuck, I guess so...
DE: Bereit für den Test yo? Was zum Teufel, denke ich schon...

EN: Hit the overseas, motherfucker's heads get blown.
DE: Treffen der Übersee, Motherfucker die Köpfe geblasen bekommen.

EN: Get everything will be free like Dr. Dre Beats headphones
DE: Bekommen alles werden frei wie Dr. Dre Beats Kopfhörer

EN: When I get home I lounge on my Zef throne
DE: Wenn ich nach Hause komme lounge ich auf meinem Thron Zef

EN: Make my mummy happy cause I get so paid
DE: Machen Sie meine Mama glücklich Sache, die ich also bezahlt

EN: Making my money rapping over techno rave
DE: Mein Geld Rappen über Techno rave

EN: I can take you 'round the world, let's go babe
DE: Ich kann Sie die ' runden dasWelt, lass uns Babe

EN: When I step up and do my thing I put you in a trance
DE: Wenn ich intensivieren und nicht mein Ding habe ich Sie in trance

EN: My Zef motherfucking clique got it going on
DE: Meine Zef Motherfucking Clique bekam es geht

EN: Fuck what you think, I do what I want
DE: Fuck, was Sie denken, ich mache was ich will

EN: I can make a million little motherfuckers jump
DE: Ich kann eine Million kleine Motherfuckers springen machen.

EN: Jump motherfucker, jump motherfucker jump (x4)
DE: Springen Sie Motherfucker, springen Motherfucker Sprung (X 4)

EN: Increase the peace, don't wreck the party
DE: Erhöhen Sie den Frieden, nicht die Partei Wrack

EN: And fuck da jol up for everybody
DE: Und ficken da Jol für jedermann

EN: Ek's a laarney, jy's a gam
DE: EK ist ein Laarney, Jy ist ein gam

EN: Want jy lam innie mang, met jou slang in a man
DE: Wollen Sie Jy Lam Innie Mang, met Jou Slang in einem Mann

EN: I fink u freeky and I like you a lot (x8)
DE: Ich fink u Freeky und ich mag dich eine Menge (X 8)

EN: Now why you loer en kyk gelyk?
DE: Nun warum Sie Loer de Kyk Gelyk?

EN: Is ek miskien van goud gemake?
DE: Ist Ek Miskien van Goud Gemake?

EN: You want to fight, you come tonight.
DE: Sie bekämpfen wollen, kommen Sie heute Abend.

EN: Ek moer jou sleg! So jy hardloop weg.
DE: EK Moer Jou Sleg! Also Jy Hardloop Weg.

EN: God se Jesus, we come to party
DE: Gott Se Jesus, kommen wir zum feiern

EN: Pump your speakers, yo rock your body
DE: Ihre Lautsprecher Pumpen, yo rock your body

EN: In god we trust, You can't fuck with us
DE: Auf Gott vertrauen wir, Sie mit uns ficken kann nicht

EN: We not taking kak, I'd like to say what's up
DE: Wir nehmen nicht Kak, möchte ich sagen, was los ist

EN: To my sexy boys, and my fancy boys,
DE: Meine sexy Jungs, und meine Phantasie Jungs,

EN: And my playboys, and my bad boys,
DE: Und meine Playboys, und meine bösen Jungs,

EN: And my pretty boys, and my ugly boys,
DE: Und meine hübsche Jungs und meine hässliche Jungs,

EN: And my naughty boys,
DE: Und meine freche Jungs,

EN: We gonna have a nice time kids
DE: Wir haben eine schöne Zeit-Kinder

EN: I fink u freeky and I like you a lot (x8)
DE: Ich fink u Freeky und ich mag dich eine Menge (X 8)