Recently, we had a chance to chat with the 19 year-old and one of the questions we had for the pop star is what major cultural differences do you find between the United States and Shirin’s native United Kingdom.
She explained, “Americans are very upfront and just very direct, this is how it’s going to be and the British are very reserve, very conservative. I think that sort of reflects in the audiences as well. When I perform in front of an American audience they will show their emotion but UK audience is very reserve and is like ‘Is it cool if we clap? Is that okay if we clap?’”
Shirin observed that the traditionally more reserved UK-audience challenges her to become a better performer…
“It’s a great place to start out as a performer because it pushes you on stage where you are most vulnerable. You’re standing in front of everybody and you’re exposing what is so close to you and so close to your heart. You kind of have to break down those barriers and get people to show their emotions to the music so that you know that they are enjoying it.”