Kim Petras Talks Halloween-Themed Mixtape 'Turn Off the Light' & Touring With Troye Sivan


Kim Petras is popping heads as one of the attention-grabbing newcomers in pop music. Last month, she shocked New York Fashion Week, sitting entrance row at Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Christian Siriano and extra with a meticulously crafted wardrobe. In the time since, she’s been touring North America as a supporting act for Troye Sivan on The Bloom Tour.

“We're having a blast each single night time and his followers are superb,” Petras tells Billboard en path to the tour’s NYC cease on the historic Radio City Music Hall.

Despite what is bound to be a draining schedule, the singer delighted her ever-expanding fanbase by conjuring up eight new tracks for Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1, a mixtape designed to deliver witches, zombies and different devilish creatures to the dancefloor.

With 30 minutes till soundcheck, Petras talked to Billboard about her spooky new mission, her quest to win over radio with “Heart to Break” (it’s been bopping round proper exterior the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart all month) and what it’s wish to encourage younger transgender followers: “I'm so comfortable that little women which can be similar to me have a pop star in like a crystal fortress singing about heartbreak. That's such a ravishing thought to me.”

Billboard: Where did you give you this concept to launch a Halloween-themed mixtape?

Kim Petras: It all occurred after we wrote “Close Your Eyes.” Sarah Hudson, Jesse Saint John and my buddy, Aaron Joseph, we write all of the stuff collectively, and we simply got here up with that tune and it simply felt so good that I needed to make a complete mission on this sonic world. There's lots of people who put out Christmas albums and Christmas songs and we had been like, “why are there no Halloween albums?” So we simply needed to make a dark-pop mission and it simply organically occurred.

Mariah Carey has Christmas on lockdown, however this might solidify you because the Queen of Halloween.

Yeah, I hope so. I'm so comfortable Elvira jumped in. She's the legit Queen of Halloween. That sort of lifted this entire file, to have a Halloween legend on it. But I really like Halloween, it's my favourite vacation.

Sonically and lyrically, it jogs my memory of a few of Lady Gaga's darker stuff, like "Bloody Mary" and "Monster." Was she in your temper board?

Always. Of course, I listened to the Fame Monster. There's a number of Kavinsky on there and the Drive soundtrack. I'm impressed by horror film themes, the Jeepers Creepers theme, It Follows, you recognize. Rihanna's “Disturbia,” clearly.

It was very, very releasing — the darkish facet. It was very a lot the attitude of being taken over by a demon and accepting that you simply're like evil and also you kill guys, you recognize? [laughs]

It felt actually cool to interrupt free a bit of bit, as a result of individuals undoubtedly categorize me. Of course, all I've put out to date could be very bubblegum, very comfortable, very shiny, very girly. This continues to be very, very pop and glossy however, I'm wanna experiment with every kind of pop. I've one million totally different sides to me. It simply felt actually nice to point out a special facet. I feel lots of people will probably be pleasantly shocked.

Speaking in your totally different sides, a few of your songs paint you as a celebration woman. Is that one thing that you simply determine with, or is persona created on your music?

It's based mostly on each of these issues. I spend most of my time within the studio, however after I occasion, I occasion arduous. I really like partying.

When I used to be writing "I Don't Want it At All," I used to be sleeping on a futon. I write about how I would like my life to be — the best, enjoyable model of myself, as a result of a number of instances I write to get myself out of unhappiness or unhappy ideas.

I at all times needed individuals to overlook about actuality and are available into my little pop universe. That's my objective. I feel actuality will be so miserable generally, and all of the dangerous on the planet, and all of the shit that's happening will be actually unhappy. Music at all times bought me out of funks, and pushed me to maintain going and hold shifting.

So it's a bit of little bit of pop escapism. “Heart to Break" is catching on with radio.

Yes! Oh my god, lastly.

Have you heard it when you had been out, unexpectedly?

I heard it in a Sephora, which was sick. My favourite place; it appeared like surreal. I’ve additionally heard it in golf equipment a bunch, and on the radio. It’s a bizarre, superb feeling. I've been on a radio promo tour for nearly six months now, so it's taking longer than ever to get a tune on the radio. It's a complete totally different recreation -- I had no thought. It's been a hustle, nevertheless it's so price it.

You tweeted 7-year-old trans woman advised you that you simply encourage her. Does that occur typically?

It often occurs on the Internet. People on the Internet write that I impressed them to return out as transgender. That's occurred to me since I used to be 12 years outdated, after that first documentary. It’s nonetheless touching and superb. I simply wanna hold combating for trans rights and I care a lot. And assembly stunning little trans women, they encourage me to be who I'm.

She's freakin' seven and he or she jogged my memory a lot of myself. I used to be at all times, like, “I’m a lady, bitch,” my entire life [laughs]. I'm so comfortable that little women which can be similar to me have a pop star in like a crystal fortress singing about heartbreak. That's such a ravishing thought to me.

For positive! And in that very same tweet, you talked about that folks don't need to offer you credit score for combating for trans rights, however clearly, you've been doing this because you had been an adolescent. Why do you suppose individuals aren’t supplying you with credit score?

I spent my complete childhood and my teen years solely combating for trans rights and placing my artist profession behind that, and never promoting that. Even although I used to be at all times writing music, I used to be combating for the trigger. Then, I used to be similar to, “Okay, now I need to be an artist and be taken severely.” I don't need individuals to only see me as transgender.

That's the factor with being transgender: individuals simply see that and nothing else. So, yeah, after I put out new music, I wasn't promoting myself as, “I’m the trans artist.” I feel lots of people take that as not supporting the trans neighborhood. But it's like the alternative. To me, it's like, if I will be taken severely for my music and me being trans is a sidenote, then that's such a step nearer in direction of equality. I simply need trans ladies [to be celebrated] for what they do and being superb individuals. I don't need them to only be referred to as, “Oh, you bought a intercourse change.”

Right. And your music speaks for itself. I imply, clearly, I feel that.

Thank you a lot! But, I've labored so arduous on it, and I'm so pleased with my music after which a number of instances, it's similar to, “do you miss being a dude?” and it's like nicely, “Fuck off!” I labored too arduous to reply that stupid-ass query. [laughs]

Some individuals take that as not supporting the trans neighborhood, which is loopy to me. I'm brazenly trans and I really like being trans and I really like the trans neighborhood. I simply need to normalize being trans. I would like individuals to cease making it this loopy label.

Totally. I do know you must get to soundcheck, so one final query: you're on the street with Troye Sivan. Have you gotten to spend any time with him?

We've frolicked a bunch backstage, we've had a pair drinks collectively, we exit to dinners. I really like him. He's so cute and lovely.

People are popping out and singing each single tune with him and it's a celebration each night time. It's been so dreamy.

Check out Turn Off the Light, Vol. 1 under.