London duo Laya Laya introduce themselves like so….“We’re not pure dance music – we also make alternative pop / RnB though there is a special feeling with dance music –it’s a pure connection with a song that makes you want to dance – you can’t hide behind an image.” Here’s their new tasty tune called Gravity (Mixed by D. Ramirez)…
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Our personal journeys and recoveries from illness. We started making music after we had both had health problems and were looking to music to help us get back on our feet mentally and physically. It was weird and serendipitous and we kind of initially connected on similar life experiences.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
We both grew up in London and it was all about Rnb & House/Garage. Also a bit of Pop! We both loved Wookie, MJ Cole, Dru Hill plus a bit of George Michael and Destiny’s Child
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
As a duo we connected over artists like Frank Ocean, Little Dragon, Lion babe and Jhene Aiko. We loved Jessie Ware and Disclosure’s track ‘Running’.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
We don’t listen to music in the morning. We use this time to clear our minds and be still because we spend most of the day listening to music when we’re making it. It’s good to be silent and allow ideas to come in.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
We write stories really – ours or someone else’s. Sometimes it’s about life experience or relationships, but often it’s just a concept. The idea for our new track ‘Gravity’ came from seeing a child jumping really high on a bouncy castle and us thinking ‘wow she’s saying up yours to gravity and loving it’. After we started writing the song the meaning evolved into ‘taking a leap’ of faith’ or ‘jump into the unknown, you ll float, you ll be ok – gravity aint calling’.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Every moment is memorable. (laughs in self-help). Seriously though we feel we’re just getting started so right now the release of Gravity feels significant. Also we released our last single ‘ Vampire’ with little fanfare however BBC Asian network played it straight away. That was unexpected and exciting.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
Have you ever tried having a job and a music addiction in London? There’s not a lot of time left for other things! Both of us like to take breaks from Netflix binges to delve into spiritual books and ideas.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
We’d be radio presenters chatting, eating crisps and playing tunes. That’s mostly what we do in the studio anyway.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to stay productive through the coronavirus lockdown?
Take the pressure off yourself. Listen to a genre you’ve never listened to before. Have fun. Journal. Listen to songs by Laya Laya. Learn a social media skill. This is the time you’ve always wanted to have to be able to do things you never got round to! You ll be alright.