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INTERVIEW: INDYA

Hi Natalie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi Vents! Yeah I’ve been good thanks, really busy and stressed often but all pukka!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Gimme Ya Luz”?

Gimme Ya Luv is an alternative Rock record which I wrote and got released on friday 12th July worldwide on most major music sites such as iTunes, pitchfork, deeper etc. I was influenced by Marilyn Manson & Im obsessed with his record “Para Noir” with Dita Von Teese. Sexy provocative Risque Rockwith an industrious commercial sound.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I decided to write the record about the subject of Depression.

​​I amongst thousands of other people in this world endure this malevolent illness. It takes over your mind, body. It consumes your personality. It ravages your mind. It trashes your relationships with family and friends. It overturns your life. And slowly but surely we think suicide.

​​I positioned my song around the likes of Chester Bennington, chris cornell, Kurt Cobain, Avicii, Michael Hutchence, Ian Curtis, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Keith Flint, Donny Hathaway, Wendy o Williams, Butch Trucks, Jill Janus, Kim Jonghyun, Cliff Davies, Ephraim Lewis, Bob Welch, Brad Delp, Richard Manuel, Mark Linkous, Keith Emerson, Paul Williams, Tommy Boyce, Ronnie Montrose, Tom Evans, Vic Chestnutt, Phil Ochs, Dave Lepard, amongst hundreds and thousands of more musicians who some have never heard of.

​​In each and every claimed way, they took their own lives because of that shameful name Depression.

​​I am a victim. I have languished just like the others. It predates back to when i was a child. I was bullied at school for being fat. And I am still bullied and trolled to this day by barbarous people calling me names, saying I look like a bloke, Saying Im the worlds worst singer.  Still calling me fat and throwing racist remarks at me. Amongst other stuff. Words Hurt. They really do. And you begin to build up a shielding wall around you, but then you accidentally push the people who do care, away out of your life. When infact all you want is to bring them closer. All you need is their love.

​​When I was a child i had my hair set fire to, and my eyebrows shaved off at a sleepover party when I was just 13 years. I was pushed around. I used to have my lunch stolen and kicked around the classroom. At just 13 years of age i developed the eating disorder Bulimia. I am not afraid to speak up about it as this is WHY i developed it. I had the disorder from the age of 13 to 25. I went through Hell. I tried to kill myself at the age of 13 in the school toilets. That is how bad the bullying got.

​​So, my record is about the concept of Love. That is all us people need. When we are loved, we are filled with content. We are happy. We are complacent. That is how the world should be. But when nobody cares, or you feel you are totally alone with just yourself and depression, that is when your own mind makes a very ill advised decision. It is that feeling of being alone that triggers it. All of these artists who took their lives felt it, the way in which I did. We end up turning to booze and drugs to defeat it, but that retrogrades the situation and adds fuel to the fire. In the end everyone hates you because of your conduct.

​​I want the record to convey to people that they aren’t alone. Gimme Ya Luv is what everyone craves. If you want to be loved then you can be. Love yourself and you will be loved right back. Do not give in to the demons.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming for the music video was great fun! I filmed with videographer Mat Green in a tunnel in the middle of Brixton. Yes it was scary! lol. I had lots of people looking at me thinking who’s that mad woman!!! Haha.

The single comes off your new album Rebel Music – what’s the story behind the title?

The story behind my album title “Rebel Music” is that I am a huge Rebel!!! Im the biggest misfit out there I don’t do rules and I’m not regulated lol. I live in cuckoo land and Im rather outrageous. For example last year I was bored one day and for fun, me and a mate just flew to Switzerland and back, got drunk on the plane and caused chaos at the airport. I shout, rant, people can hear me coming a mile off and Im known to be vile vocally, but that’s me hehe. Im just me. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not. I’m always late, I don’t go to bed early, I drink on school nights, I’m wild, I do crazy things. Im also a Huuuuuuge fan of Hendrix and Hendrix had a song Rebel Music which i love.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was great!! I literally went into the studio with Dave and wrote the record in a day. I wanted to keep it simple and have a hooky chorus that everyone will remember. Something that gets inside people’s heads whether they like it or not!

What was it like to work with David Needham and how did that relationship develop? How much did he get to influence the song?

Dave Needham is a great friend of mine. I met him about 4 years ago and he’s been a huge help with my music. I always think of song ideas and Dave has always helped me compose and produce. His studio is called Darkhorse Recording studios its in Epsom. I love going there its always so much fun. Dave is like a big bro to me and he’s super cool.

Any plans to hit the road?

I am planning to do a tour of the Netherlands and Italy next year with the help and funding of our new sponsors Electric Rebel Tattoo Lounge in Eastgrinstead.

What else is happening next in INDYA’s world?

Indya are playing Weyfest 2019 on 18th august with Reef, Toffees, Broken Wit Rebels, Scouting for girls, it’s going to be huge!!!

I have recently got a 2nd guitarist Aaron King. So the music is about to change. We are going to go more reggae rock bit like Skindred. My lifelong friend James Lerock Loughrey mixed my records Gimme Ya Luv and Harder Faster, and he’s Skindreds producer. I have just become more heavily influenced by them after seeing them at download. It’s much more up my street.

Aaron is amazing and is definitely the Indya King. He’s actually Hendrix risen from the dead wait  until you hear him play.

Indya have a live show coming up on BBC Radio Kent. We are gigging with Killit and Joanovark. We have recently been in Kerrang Magazine, and are played a lot of Kerrang! Radio. We are playing for Republica on 2nd Nov! It’s my birthday on 14th sept and I’m celebrating it at Jazz After Dark in Soho with all my friends and Band!

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