5 minutes with Kiyomi Vella...
12:00AM, Aug 15 2013
Kiyomi’s a lucky girl. Finalist on The Voice, an album in the works, a killer, quirky flair for fashion, half-Japanese, half Maltese beauty and modelling representation by London Management. It’s amazing the 19-year-old beauty had time to meet with DOLLY and discuss her crazy post-The Voice life, her pet bunnies, and her musical future.
What have you been up to since The Voice?
Lots of things, lots of publicity and stuff and corporate gigs around and song wbriting and planning a trip to LA soon to do co-writing and stuff so yeah that would be exciting.
What was it like working with Joel?
He’s really cool we got to go out to dinner with him a couple of times and just have a conversation and just getting his opinion on things and talking about music and yeah, he's a really cool guy. (laughs)
Have you guys kept in touch much?
Yeah well I’m going to LA and hopefully I will be able to go with him and Benji at their studio for a few of days and record some stuff so yeah that would be really good.
What’s the most important lesson you took from your time on The Voice?
To just got for it really, go a bit bizarre with clothes, go nuts on performance, just really go full on with it because it’s the most fun and it really puts on a show.
What’s your favourite performance from The Voice?
Upside Down was really cool, because I felt like I really started to relax on the stage, I was nervous for all the other ones, then on Upside Down I started to relax and really enjoy it so I really like that one. But Oh So Quiet was awesome, that one was one of my favourites as well.
When did you get into music?
When I was little I used to do karaoke at home with my sister. When I was 13 I did a school just a song and everyone was like “Oh yeah that was alright”. And I thought okay maybe I will get singing lessons and I asked my parents for singing lessons and I did that, and it sort of flowed from there and started song writing from 15 and it started to get a bit serious.
Have your parents been supportive?
Yeah, they have been really good.
What can we expect to hear from you music-wise?
I’ve kinda grown up just listening to pop music and what’s on the radio. So just some really good pop music with good lyrics and catchy tunes and just interesting stuff as well.
What was the first song you ever learned the lyrics to?
I think it was probably falling from Alicia Keys, I sang that at school concerts and stuff.
What's something we wouldn’t find out about you by Googling you?
I have two pet bunnies!
What are their names?
Cookie and Milo, they’re my little babies (laughs).
If do you could pick anyone in the world to collaborate with who would it be and why?
I think Sia is amazing, las a singer and as songwriter. I know she’s written amazing songs for other artists as well but she’s really creative as well I think. I would love to work with Sia.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Superpower? Oh, I don’t know, to fly, just to fly, get to places quick (laughs) flying would be great, I don’t have a car so that would be great!
What’s your favourite song lyric?
I love that Great Gatsby track, It’s awesome. Young and Beautiful.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I’m pretty sure it was a KK present in grade 5, for a guy I liked it was Green Day or something.
What posters, if any, are up in your room?
There’s a tiger poster, there’s a Pink poster and a Lord of the Rings poster.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?
Just like to chill out, I love watching movies, staying in bed and watching movies.
Do you have a favourite movie?
I love the Doctor Seuss movies like the Lorax and Peter Pan, I love.
So a lot of our readers are in school and coming up to formal season do you remember your school formal? Did you go to both?
Yeah, we did the school formal, only year 12 though.
Do you remember what you wore?
It was a maxi dress, it was really flowy and I think it was grey with strips of gold on it!
Do you have any tips for girls to have a fun night?
Just have fun! Don’t stress about it too much, it’s just a chance to dress up and make yourself look pretty and glam yourself up and say goodbye to everybody, cause it’s your last year of school.