Kim Petras: 'Pop never stays the same, which is partly why I love it so much; pop can be anything'
- Arusa Qureshi
- 28 January 2020
As she returns to the UK with The Clarity Tour, we catch up with the rising pop musician
Steadily on the rise 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 fiercely, and unconventionally, independent throughout her career. Racking up Spotify streams in the millions and working with contemporary pop royalty like Charli XCX and SOPHIE, Petras proved herself worthy of this early buzz last summer with the announcement of her debut full-length project Clarity.
'Clarity was about a break-up and a switch in my perspective when it comes to writing,' Petras explains about the main ideas behind the project. 'It was like taking back the curtain and being like "this is my life, this is how I actually feel, and this is what it's like hanging out with me." I've never been that personal in my songs before because the songs from my first era were all about the exaggerated, idealised life I wanted to have.'
A big hit with pop fans, the album's futuristic bubblegum-pop aesthetic and sleek and effervescent melodies led to her first ever sold-out headline tour, which included a date at London's Heaven. 'It has been really amazing,' Petras says when asked about her many successes in 2019. 'It has been the biggest year I've had, so I'm really excited. 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!'