Midline - How did that collaboration come about?
ILIRA - My publisher Sony/ATV asked me, my songwriter Jaro and Jumpa to hop on the track and come up with a topline for it. We wrote the song thinking that someone else was going to sing it, but then Alle Farben contacted me saying they love the song the way it is, and that they want my vocals on it.
Midline - You've been working with other acts on their songs since 2016. Do you have a dream collaboration?
ILIRA - Rihanna! I also feel like we would be best friends, she just doesn’t know it yet!
Midline - Are there more collabs in the works or are you focusing on releasing your own songs just for now?
ILIRA - There’s another collaboration coming veeery soon this year, that’s all I can say for now!
Midline - You released your latest single "GET OFF MY D!CK" at the very end of last year. What inspired you to write that song?
ILIRA - I wrote GOMD at a time when I was feeling really depressed. After moving to Berlin to pursue music, things were moving extremely slow. Everyone thought they knew what’s best for me, telling me I should wait till I put out music, and giving me other horrible advice. GOMD is a promise to myself to never let anyone get in my way ever again. It’s for everyone tired of being a people-pleaser.
Midline - The song screams HIT! and has gone down really well with streaming numbers with it achieving over 2.5 million plays on Spotify within a month. How often do you check these stats and are they important to you at this point in your career?
ILIRA - I try not to care about numbers and just embrace the moment! It’s mind-blowing to me that millions of people are listening to my songs.
Midline - Is it your plan to promote that song around the world or are you just having fun dropping songs at the moment?
ILIRA - The interesting thing about GOMD is that it kind of blew up on its own: it entered the Viral Top 50 Charts on Spotify in the US without any promo! I’m so incredibly proud of this song, and can’t wait to drop more singles very soon!
Midline - How long have you been signed to Sony for and how did that deal come around?
ILIRA - I signed my publishing deal with SONY/ATV about three years ago, and my label deal with FOUR/SONY Music less than a year ago after moving to Berlin.
Midline - You've been working on your album across the world for the past two years. You've been creating it in LA, London, and Berlin. How close to finishing it are you?
ILIRA - I have enough songs to put out ten albums, and believe me when I say that I’m ready to put them all out!
Midline - There is a huge Albanian take over right now in music. There's Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Ava Max and now you're part of the gang. Obviously, you're all very different and there is room for you all but are you expecting the comparisons or have you not thought about it that way?
ILIRA - Honestly, I’m beyond proud of these amazing ladies, and have nothing but love for them! It’s an honor to be compared to such talents.
Midline - Out of those four, who's music do you listen to the most?
ILIRA - I support them all equally!
Midline - You've posted on Instagram you were going to do some of your own headline shows this year, how is that plan going? Are you announcing soon? Where are you hoping to play?
ILIRA - It’s going really well! I’m currently preparing my live shows and can’t wait to be playing my songs on stage! I’ll be announcing the dates and details soon - can’t wait!
Midline - What goals have you set yourself in 2019?
ILIRA - Release more songs, play lots of live shows and seize every second of the journey. I really appreciate everyone listening to my music and allowing me to live my dream, hopefully throughout 2019 and beyond.