Singer-songwriter Nya, who can be an achieved mannequin, is a gifted performer with a voice that blends and crosses a number of types and genres and who has to-date been championed and featured by the likes of Earmilk and American Songwriter to call simply two. Her new EP ‘Requiem of Me’ was launched on Friday, and right here, Nya talks us by the tales and inspiration behind every observe on the gathering.
“…I don’t need to submit anymore lies. I need a digital demise…”
“Excessive” was my first single off ‘Requiem’. Whereas sonically, this music is upbeat and disco-tinged, the topic is barely heavier. I like the sudden route my producer and co-writer Femke took this observe from the place it began initially. Excessive is all about my discomfort with society’s and, extra particularly, the music trade’s obsession with social media. A lot relies on inane stats and numbers in the present day that it seems like making good music is the second precedence. And if you’re extra of a wallflower than a social butterfly, the concept of fixed on-line interplay and making a socially acceptable digital life is exhausting. What for those who merely need to stay IRL?
“Gained’t Choose Up The Cellphone”
“…Ache acquired my quantity, needs to carry me tight. Heartbreak, she stalks me on a lonely night time…”
“WPUTP”, the second and last single off ‘Requiem of Me’, is lush, cinematic, and darkish. The music’s subject material may be very a lot consistent with its sonic palette. I wrote WPUTP as a reminder to withstand giving in to despair as I transitioned off an anti-depressant – underneath the supervision of my psychiatrist – that I had taken since I used to be a youngster, however not wanted. It was a reminder to be robust and see myself by a difficult interval of adjustment. I struggled for about 4 months with bodily and emotional withdrawal, however after I had stabilized, I really felt stronger and extra current than ever. This music is a testomony to that and discovering out I used to be stronger than I knew. Additionally it is the music I selected off the report to show right into a music video because of its cinematic vibe. The WPUTP video and music are private favorites.
“Little Ole Me (The Previous Me)”
“…She, who was too blind to see there was nothing fallacious with little outdated me…”
This music is enjoyable and jazzy and was a pleasure to create. It’s all about realizing it’s a must to discover love for your self first. I spent my teenage years and truthfully my early twenties overwhelmed by self-loathing. I struggled socially at school and was bullied for a way I seemed and acted; For the issues I now notice make me distinctive. After I look again, I see the lady I used to be with a lot extra love and compassion. I needed to settle for myself first earlier than I may soak up acceptance and love from others.
“…Nobody’s gonna miss her, a sufferer of this damaged world. She’s falling through the cracks; she’s simply one other misplaced lady…”
I wrote the primary model of “Misplaced Woman” virtually 5 years in the past after watching a heart-breaking documentary however by no means had the chance to launch it. Throughout quarantine, my producer and co-writer Femke dusted it off and helped me create a good higher model. She made a haunting but aethereal electro-pop observe for this report to stability sonic attraction with respect for the weighty subject material. The music is concerning the intercourse trafficking of younger women in the USA and the way it usually occurs in plain sight. The lyric “She was solely 13” refers back to the common age of kids intercourse trafficking within the US – between 11-15.
Nearly all of home baby trafficking victims have been within the baby welfare system, and statistically talking, women usually tend to be victims, which is why I selected to put in writing this music as I did. It’s so simple to show a blind eye to the injustices of this world, but when we stay apathetic, there’ll by no means be a change for the higher. For extra data on this problem and methods to assist, please try organizations like Polaris and AnnieCannons.