REYA – Heat [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dreamy, seductive and layered

Tell us a few things about your new song “Heat”. What is the main idea behind it?

I wrote Heat with wonderful producer Jack Arentz at his studio in Melbourne, Australia. We took influence from bands like The Internet in an attempt to create a r&b/pop song with elements of trip hop and lofi. Heat centres around the idea of wanting someone so much physically and emotionally that it becomes frustrating and you can barely contain your feelings. We tried to create that sense of frustration building with the gradual layering of harmonies throughout the song 🙂

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I think the line “smoke clouds are rolling in, and I can’t see past the haze” is probably the one I’m most proud of just because I like the visualisation it gives me.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

The Internet as I stated previously, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean, Solange to name a few. I’m also a huge fan of jazz such as Miles Davis, snarky puppy. And also shout out to Melbourne singer Angela Librandi who has been inspiring my singing for many years.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Self doubt. I’m sure every artist goes through it. It’s a tough industry and people can be …not so nice sometimes, so I think finding belief in myself and perseverance when things haven’t gone to plan or when other people have doubted me has been the most challenging.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Sing because you love it, don’t worry about how much money you make or what other people think. If you do what you love people will hear that passion in your music.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

The most trouble? Very interesting question… those are secrets I will have to take to the grave with me haha

Thank you!

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