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GET TO KNOW: Laya Laya
After spending the last year knocking out an array of fresh and enticing offerings, London-based duo Laya Laya return with their next stunning release 'Asteroid'.
Bringing back more of that rich and euphoric electro-pop sound they are known for, 'Asteroid' makes for a wonderfully broad and passionate return. Filled with soaring hooks and mesmerising aesthetics throughout, these two are certainly churning out the goods right now.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with both of them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Freya: Does the recorder count?! the piano was the first proper instrument I learnt and although I didn’t want to do lessons at the time because it was learning classical pieces and grades, I’m so glad I did as that understanding of music has been great for songwriting.
Super Joshi: The real instrument I learned to play is the computer, which brings us to where we are now. Before that keyboard. Though it wasn’t through lessons as such really. It was more kicking around. I’ve even had singing lessons if you can believe that.
What was the first album you remember owning?
F: I really can’t remember but it may have been a US rock group like blind melon or smashing pumpkins!
SJ: Eminem - Slim Shady LP
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
F: No I was super shy. Truth is I got into making music much later.
SJ: Yes! With my cousins. We only had toy instruments and we only played 1 gig, in my cousin’s front room, but we were legendary.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
F: I will always love you by Dolly Parton!
SJ: Still Dre by Dr Dre.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
F: Hearing your song out at a party and thinking this is a tune- hold on we made this!
SJ: Just being in the moment somehow connecting with the billions of planets and stars with these vibrations of notes.
And what about the most frustrating part?
F: a good song not getting the exposure it deserves. It’s hard to get heard today with so much music in the market.
SJ: Thinking the song is done and then listening to it the next day and spotting all the improvements you could make. Then opening up the session again.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
F: Probably Frank Ocean or Miguel! Both amazing artists with beautiful voices. I would just stand behind them squeaking from time to time!
SJ: That’d be great though I’m too cool to squeak. Id just nod my head! Aside from those 2, Kanye West and Disclosure.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
F: Writing for ourselves and continuing to hone our sound, working with other collaborators, and making music for other artists.
SJ: Basically legends of the game.
Laya Laya's new single 'Asteroid' is out now. Check out the new video for it below.