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KIM PETRAS Rising pop star returns to Britain with her Clarity tour
Steadily on the up since the release of her breakout single ‘I Don’t Want it at All’ back in 2017, German-born, LA-based songwriter Kim Petras has remained unconventionally independent throughout her career. Racking up Spotify streams in the millions and working with the likes of Charli XCX and SOPHIE, Petras proved herself worthy of this early buzz last summer with the announcement of her debut album.
‘Clarity was about a break-up and a switch in my perspective when it comes to writing,’
Petras explains. ‘I’ve never been that personal in my songs before because the early songs were all about the exaggerated, idealised life I wanted to have.’ A big hit with pop fans, the album’s futuristic bubblegum aesthetic and sleek melodies led to a sold-out headline tour. ‘It has been really amazing. I feel like I’ve laid the foundation for a lot of what’s to come, but I always like to keep improving. I want next year to be even better!’ The songs on Clarity may represent a musical evolution of sorts, but Petras already has big
plans for the future. ‘I know exactly what I want to do, but I can’t tell anyone just yet! If I did, my new music wouldn’t be as much of a surprise. I feel like I’m constantly evolving, and I want to keep it that way. I always want to ﬁ nd new things to be inspired by and I don’t ever want to repeat myself.’ (Arusa Qureshi) ■ SWG3, Glasgow, Wed 5 Feb.
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