Celebrate Your SpookySZN with Khalia Iris’s Debut Single “Halloween”

October 31, 2019

To all of my spooky fanatics and lovers of this SZN; It’s officially Halloween!

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Today is the day! You might find your self wearing your fangs and blood and other scary or maybe “not so” scary fits to celebrate this spooky day in. As you find yourself fortifying the night with shots of dark liquor, sweet candy and spooky vibes make sure you heed the warning of Khalia Iris’s Debut single “Halloween.

 

“It’s Halloween baby, watch out for them freaks
It’s Halloween, gotta watch out for them sneaks, yeah
It’s Halloween baby, time to trick or treat
All this candy, but ain’t nothing sweet, yeah”

Take it how you want, but we know that the freaks and sneaks come out at night for your treats. Especially on the spookiest night of the year…..ESPECIALLY when Dark liquor involved. But hey isn’t that the fun in it all? #WeveAllBeenThere

Khalia’s euphonious voice graces the beat of her Break out single “Halloween” with the brave confrontation of a lover who’s disguised themselves as someone fit for the position of bae. If you’ve been tricked and treated, then you’ll definitely be able to relate. It’s a song that I promise, you’ll keep on loop after your first time of hearing. With a seasoned tone and lyrics, you wouldn’t dare think that this was her first time around the block. But if you know her, you know that this native New Yorker  is no rookie to the game of Music. From being a natural born singer, auditioning for shows like the Voice, going to the same High School as greats such as Alicia Keys, working at Pitchfork Magazine and Atlantic Record to being one of the hottest DJs on the New York City scene; Khalia Iris aka Kheeezus, is actually a star in the making. Let’s hear more from her!

 First things first, how did the inspiration for Halloween come about?

Well, it’s funny because I wrote Halloween all the way back in February with no intention of releasing it. At first it was supposed to be a song about getting played by someone you actually cared about, but once I kept writing and thinking deeper about the lyrics, I somehow connected getting played to when people dress up for halloween and pretend to be someone they’re not… and decided to name the song just that haha.

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How did it feel to finally release a debut single?

I had a mix of emotions when I released Halloween! This was the first song I ever mustered up enough courage to actually write in full, record in a studio, do a whole photoshoot for and put on streaming platforms. I, of course, had my doubts and wondered if this song was actually quality, but I also was excited to show the world that THIS PEN WORKS WELL HUNTY *laughs*.

Do you plan on releasing more music or was this more-so something you did for your own expression?

I definitely plan on releasing more music. Today’s musicians have so much pressure to be always making and releasing music but I don’t want to succumb to that stress. I feel like I make the best things when they organically come to me and not when I feel any bit of forced. I’ve always admired Rihanna and Frank Ocean for setting examples that your music doesn’t have an expiration date! I’m already writing new things, but I don’t have any obligations to release it any time soon… or I might drop something else next month. Who really knows?!

I noticed that you sampled Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” in your lyrics, was that always apart of the song?

Yes, it was! When I found the beat on Youtube, the name of it was “Like the 90’s”. I thought it had a cute 90’s vibe to it and immediately went with it. I’m also a huge fan of Aaliyah, and her songs will always be in my rotation. I find her voice very similar to mine because she had a soft, airy, pretty voice with a lot of range. She doesn’t give you too many riffs and runs but also sounds so soulful. Using her lyrics (with my own spin, of course) was my ode to her.

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You’re also a DJ– Would you say that being one prepared you to step out on your own and release music of your own?

Definitely. As a DJ, I got to feel what it felt like to regularly “perform” without all the extra nerves, if that makes sense. It’s always inspiring to watch people dance and vibe to the music I choose to play by other artists, so it feels even better to see people enjoying the music that I actually made myself. It’s actually like a high! If you look closely, most DJs are not only DJs– we just use DJing as one of our many outlets.

Can you tell me more about the visuals (photos) you shot for Halloween?

Honestly for me, the photoshoot was the most exciting part! I immediately knew which photographer I wanted to collaborate with. His name is Laquann (@laquanndawson) and he is AMAZING. I wanted to give the sexy (yet scary)-ness of Morticia Adams mixed with some BDSM, and Laquann executed that plus more! My makeup artist Andrew (@facesbyandrew) was also phenomenal. I found him by using the hashtag #nycmakeupartist on IG (so don’t be afraid to use hashtags on your posts, your next client could be one click away!) He gave me the perfect dark/vampy look. After a few glasses of wine and Travis Scott blasting through the studio’s speakers, I felt like the baddest b*itch alive…. and I guess it showed through the pictures! I love when creatives can collaborate and each give it their all. That’s when you get the most timeless art. Definitely. As a DJ, I got to feel what it felt like to regularly “perform” without all the extra nerves, if that makes sense. It’s always inspiring to watch people dance and vibe to the music I choose to play by other artists, so it feels even better to see people enjoying the music that I actually made myself. It’s actually like a high! If you look closely, most DJs are not only DJs– we just use DJing as one of our many outlets.

What is next for Khalia Iris.. or should I say Kheeezus?

Haha, both Kheeezus and Khalia Iris have a lot in store! Kheeezus is my DJ name and also my wilder alter ego that loves to rage and turn up. Khalia Iris is my softer, emotional and more thoughtful side. But both of these young ladies are excited for what the future will bring, hahaha. I hope to enter the acting and modeling world one day soon and of course, keep rocking out these DJ gigs. I’m slowly but surely building the confidence to perform my own music live so there’s that. I also want to release a music video for Halloween, that would truly be iconic.

Of course, we’re super excited and stanning already for the visual. Just look at her! A bad bitch, ok?!

I’m not just gassing this new anthem simply because this is my bests friend, but this song is really the SHIT! I implore you to go give it a listen and I swear you won’t take it off of replay. You’ll be listening today and long after Halloween. Also if you’d like to learn the lyrics, she’s got you covered on Genius. Her single is on all streaming platforms. Click this link to choose which music platform you’d prefer. Lastly, don’t forget to follow her on Instagram for lewks and listens.

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Stay Safe and keep it Spooky, boo! And don’t forget to stream this amazing work of art! 

Author: Nave Sizon

Founder of Naveszn.com - I'm a FL native, a Howard and Columbia grad and a creator of many things. As a polymath, I do so much. I care about so many things. Naveszn.com was the perfect tool to utilize my gifts and my love for highlighting the talents and stories of black people and culture.