Era Istrefi is the Albanian Pop Star Winning the World Over

Era Istrefi is the Albanian Pop Star Winning the World Over

For V103, We Caught Up With A Medley Of Our Favorite Pop Pioneers—Remixed By Charlie Engman. Next up is Era Istrefi, singer of the global sensation "Bon Bon"

For V103, We Caught Up With A Medley Of Our Favorite Pop Pioneers—Remixed By Charlie Engman. Next up is Era Istrefi, singer of the global sensation "Bon Bon"

Photography: Charlie Engman

Styling: John Colver

Who are your musical icons?

Rihanna and Lana Del Rey.

What was the first album you purchased?

Goodies by Ciara.

Which artists are you listening to right now?

Right now? James Blake’s new album, The Colour

in Anything, Queen Bey’s Lemonade, and Kanye’s

The Life of Pablo.

My favorite part about touring would have to be…

I haven’t had the chance to tour internationally yet, but in my experience in my country [Kosovo], I love the feeling of being on stage and love interacting with my fans.

How would you describe your style?

I choose to be not defined. I don’t like labels. I wanna be whoever the F I wanna be.

Do you ever get nervous before going on stage?

Sometimes yes and sometimes no, it depends on the mindset I’m in, or the energy around me, which is important to me. I need to remind myself to chill.

The best thing about being a performer is…

Expressing your true authentic self and being loved for it. As a performer, the good thing is that you can practice that—and practice makes perfect.

DRESS MARC JACOBS HAT PRADA
Credits: MAKEUP (DAY ONE) AYAMI NISHIMURA USING DIOR BEAUTY (THE WALL GROUP)  MAKEUP (DAY TWO) SEONG HEE PARK (JULIAN WATSON AGENCY)  HAIR (DAY ONE) TOMI KONO (JULIAN WATSON AGENCY)  HAIR (DAY TWO) TAMAS TUZES (L’ATELIER NYC)  Nails Revlon Sinful Colors

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