We’re very happy to be spending some time today with respected and accomplished singer/songwriter and rap artist Iris Gold; greetings and salutations, Iris! Before we dive into the deep-end, how has your 2022 been treating you?
22 has been turbulent that’s for sure! But I’m so happy I got to release an album I simply adore and am super proud of it.
Congratulations on your newest album WOMAN which recently premiered! What was the genesis of this brilliant album?
It’s like a rally cry for girls/women to follow their dreams celebrating femininity, taking control of your sexuality and your destiny. The album title is Woman not only is it the title of a beautiful song about following your dreams as a woman but because I am a powerful woman and proud to be a strong woman who follows my own rules and beliefs.
How is WOMAN similar to your debut LP Planet Cool? How is it different?
It’s still a celebration of freedom and knowing your strength lies in what make you different and unique. It’s different because it’s more stripped down in Iris form. Classic and simple, still bombastic but not hiding behind metaphors as much as I did before.
Was the alchemy of mixing hip-hop with the vibes of the Caribbean in WOMAN always part of your plan?
Well, Dave Stewart invited me to come to the Caribbean to record this album, so it was the Caribbean vibes simply came sizzling through the windows and through the wires. No stopping it!
Who was your producer on WOMAN and what did your collaboration look like in the studio?
Dave Stewart; my friend, producer and label boss. I guess he was kind of a wizard and I was a tiny elf, but he made me feel ten feet tall and was able to unlock the lioness in the cage.
Dave Stewart is a legend in the music industry. What does he bring to the table not only as your producer, but also as a co-writer on some of your material?
I have learnt so much from Dave, he is so dope! He knows people and knows how to get people to relax so they can be there best version of themselves.
What are you most proud of with WOMAN?
That we did it and didn’t compromise. That it really is me, 100% unfiltered.
“Talk All Night” is the lead single off of WOMAN. What made this mesmerizing tune the perfect opening charge for the new album?
Sometimes couples get in a situation or mindset where a conversation drags on, one party can hold onto something, a jealousy or a possible problem that may never happen. Sometimes people just need a hug or physical contact, this song in a cheeky way reminds people of that. I’m singing from the perspective of the instigator in a way that feels freeing and sexy.
We absolutely loved the new music video for “Talk All Night.” Can you talk about what went into bringing this song to life as a music video?
With Dave it’s all about fun and we were always mocking about filming whilst we recorded and this is the result.
What do you hope fans walk away feeling after giving WOMAN a spin?
I want people or fans of music and songwriting to know that this is not a throwaway bubble gum album , it’s not one dimensional like a lot of music these days , it runs deep on many themes particularly about women’s liberation, people’s freedom and as a woman taking control of your sexuality.
With the new album out and about in the world, can fans look forward to seeing you on tour in the coming months?
Yes, head to my Instagram (@irisgoldmusic) for up to date info for upcoming concerts this summer, in the U.K., France, Denmark, Norway, Spain and Finland.
Bay Street Records is the home base for you and your music. What makes Bay Street the perfect home for your music.
Musically, who are you enjoying on the music scene at the moment?
I love Lizzo and Anderson .Paak.
Final – SILLY! – Question: Which one item of food can we always find in your refrigerator?