Interview: "4 once" - GIYA
The vibes of your “love letter to London summer” new single "4 once" are IMMACULATE!! What inspired you to write this new track?
GIYA: It was one of those tracks that just pops into your head completely randomly, it was about 3 years ago in summer in London, and when you’re in one of those phases hopping from place to place, living in this slightly alternate life just soaking it all in. Anyway I was en route to the next and the chorus was just going round and round in my head, got into the studio, put the bass down, then finished the song that day. Basically didn’t touch it after apart from a couple bits really afterwards. Something happens to London in the summer just feel it becomes like nowhere else on earth, and really that is what inspired the track.
Your music has a blend of so many interesting genres, who would you say are your biggest style inspirations when it comes to your music?
GIYA: It definitely changes song to song stylistically but for this tune, definitely Lily Allen and Jamie T, that proper storyteller, visual lyricisms that I adore. Sonically, there's definitely hip hop influence in there too with the break beat and bass driving the whole thing. To be totally honest, this one was such a quick, almost unconscious process making it, I try not to think about what I am making, just make what feels right.
If you could go on tour with any artist and be their supporting act, who would you pick and why?
GIYA: At the moment, either Joesef or Olivia Dean, really can’t get enough of their music so addictive, so simple but so great, and both have insane voices. Supporting either of those would be an absolute dream.
I love the music video for this new single!! How did you come up with the concept for it?
GIYA: Honestly just wanted it to be as literal as possible! Just bouncing around London really, lots of beer with a cheeky Morleys feature. Had to be done. Was a very fun shoot. I was very pissed at the end, you can probably tell.
What is the proudest moment of your journey so far? What is on the top of your bucket list when it comes to your career?
GIYA: Playing Glastonbury this year was pretty amazing, never been before so whole experience was very surreal. Top of my bucket list has always been a major stage at a festival, I mean, shoot for moon eh, Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, why not.
What do we have to look forward to from you next?! I hope you have an awesome time on your upcoming tour these next few weeks!!
GIYA: Yeh playing a few shows, which will be good fun, back in Brighton and supporting Sol Paradise and the Jago, so will be a great night! And then more music! New EP coming soon, new singles, plenty of stuff to keep me busy.
Interviewed By Sarah Curry