ONE-ON-ONE With KIIA
Kia Ahadi, better known by his stage name “KIIA”, is a Toronto based singer- songwriter originally from Tehran, Iran. Musically inclined, he discovered his passion for music at a very young age and started his musical journey by playing the traditional Persian instruments Setar and Tar from the age of seven. By eleven years old, Kia was already regularly performing for large crowds and his desire to share his music with others was evident. In 1998, his family emigrated to Toronto. The move to a new country was tough, with many cultural and personal challenges, but it also opened the door to a new life, one that included learning guitar and beginning to write his own music.
ONETEN MAG: What first got you into music? Pure love and passion. I picked up my first instrument when I was 7 years old and I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember.
ONETEN MAG: How would you describe the music that you typically create? The perfect clash between East & West; Electronic production intertwined with Eastern Melodies, Harmonies, etc In terms of genre my music falls under Electro Pop & RnB Pop
ONETEN MAG: Your musical journey is a little different because you started out in fitness. You graduated from York University’s kinesiology and health sciences program and have spent the past twelve years working in the fitness industry as a fitness consultant, master trainer, manager, business owner, and athletic fitness model. What made you want to transition over to music? Music has been there all along. All through university I remember writing songs in my classes and filling my notebook with lyrics. Every time I was prepping for a fitness show or athletic competition, it was my inspirational music playlists that got me through. I use music in all my classes and have a unique playlist for each client because I believe music is a way for souls to connect. By the time I was in my 2nd or 3rd-year University, I already had a catalog of songs that I’d written and that’s when I started recording. I didn’t release anything until 2014 because I wanted to build a strong enough catalog to continuously put out music. For a long time, it felt like I had two careers cuz I’d be working at the gym during the day and then hitting the studio at night time to record and make music. It’s a burning desire that drives me like an internal compass so I just followed my passion and this is where it's led me.
ONETEN MAG: What is your creative process like? I love writing. That’s how I express myself. I write almost every day & a lot of times I’ll hear a hook or a verse in my head or a specific melody to go along with those lyrics. Sometimes I write songs on the guitar jamming over a few chords, and there are other times my producer will send me a beat that resonates and I’ll write to the beat.