We get to know Aya Yves, who recently dropped her debut single ‘(in)Sanity’, which we thought was rather special.
It’s a track Aya penned about her diving head-first into a relationship with someone who has told her they weren’t ready for a relationship. We’ve all been there, right?
No doubt you’ll be wanting to check that track out. It’s right here in the story.
BUT, there’s much more to Aya’s story. So let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).
01. Name : Aya Yves.
02. Where are you based? Canberra.
03. How did you get your start in music? I always find this question hard to answer. I think partially because it’s always been ingrained into my DNA, and partially because I feel like I’m only starting now.
I’ve been singing since I could talk (not very well back then obviously) and started playing cello as a four year old. I’ve always put myself on any stage that would have me; musicals, competitions, plays, festivals… open mics. I’ve always had a passion for performing, I don’t think I was ever going to do anything else.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Bold, feminine, vulnerable, honest and a little bit ethereal.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I listened to and made acoustic folk music for a really long time, but my tastes started developing and changing and I wanted to start experimenting with new sounds. When I wrote ‘(in)Sanity’, it felt really different and like it didn’t belong to the folk realm – it was really the catalyst in moving into the electronic pop realm.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? It’d be my dad singing me lullabies every night. I used to catch him out when he got the words wrong. I was quality controlling even as a kid!
07. Who have been your musical influences? There are so many! Bon Iver, London Grammar, BANKS, Tove Lo are all living in my playlists at the moment. Earlier influences that inspire the storytelling elements would be Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Ah this is tough!
‘Here Comes The Sun’ – The Beatles
‘A Case Of You’ – Joni Mitchell
‘Crowded Places’ – BANKS
‘Burning’ – Maggie Rogers
‘715 – CR33KS’ – Bon Iver
‘Chelsea Hotel’ – Leonard Cohen
‘Sound Of Silence’ – Simon & Garfunkel
‘Rhiannon’ – Fleetwood Mac.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music?Definitely my car. I spend a lot of time driving, it’s where I consume most of my music.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy : Maggie Rogers, Dua Lipa, Jack Johnson.
Sad : BANKS, Dermot Kennedy, Eliott.
Introspective : S.Carey, RYX, The Lumineers.
Exhausted : I tend to not listen to music if I’m exhausted- my life is music and audio, so I’ll read or watch a movie.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? ‘Stairwells’ – Kina Grannis.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I broke my arm when I was living in Canada on Valentine’s Day 2017. I slipped on ice walking to the bus and spiral fractured my humerus. I had to have surgery and now have a plate from my elbow to my shoulder.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Honestly, it’s the only thing I’ve ever really wanted and worked towards. But if I had to do something else it’d definitely have to be creative. I have a diploma in Specialist Makeup Services that I did straight out of school for fun – so maybe that? Or maybe video production. Too many cool things, not enough time.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? “Plan like the opportunities coming your way are a given, so you’re ready when they arrive”.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Definitely hearing back from people about how my music has impacted them. I wrote a song a while ago about someone I love suffering from addiction, and it’s a song I still struggle to play live.
I got a message from someone who attended a show saying they heard the song and didn’t realise the impact their own drug addiction had on their loved ones. At the time it’d been a month since they heard the song, and a month since they last used. They’re still clean today.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? There are honestly a lot, I’m struggling to pick just one. I guess surreal experiences would be mostly encounter based. Not even trying to name drop to be cool, these were just genuinely pinch myself moments.
Singing for Bon Jovi, chatting music business with Will.I.Am, singing on a couple of new Boy George tracks. None of those things feel real to me. But they happened!
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? I think comparison is the thief of all joy, and I’m really happy with my little path at the moment. Just trying to focus on my own journey.
18. Tell us about your latest release. ‘(in)Sanity’ came out on March 31! It’s my debut release as Aya Yves which is super exciting. I wrote it about someone I dated on and off who was broken from a previous relationship and really emotionally unavailable.
Xavier Dunn produced the track, Chris Collins mixed it and Andrew Edgson at Studios 301 mastered it!
19. What do your future plans involve? Write more, release more. Eventually gig when I can again! I have a whole EP ready to go.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? My bedroom at the moment haha. As soon as social distancing measures are lifted you bet I’ll be coming to play somewhere near you though.
WEBSITE : www.ayayves.com
FACEBOOK : www.twitter.com/ayayvesmusic
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/ayayvesmusic
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/ayayvesmusic
SOUNDCLOUD : www.soundcloud.com/ayayvesmusic
YOUTUBE : www.youtube.com/ayayves