Introducing JAYA, a three-piece pop band from London, who in their words aim to bring us a combination of punchy guitar, soaring vocal melodies and melodic bass lines to deliver a refreshingly edgy Pop performance/sound.
Jaya, the bands front-woman was first and foremost a solo artist. Originally from Sydney, Jaya grew up in the Middle East and returned to Australia to study at Queensland’s Conservatorium of Music; where she recorded and co-produced her debut E.P, ‘Go All the Blue People’. Since then she’s gone from strength to strength from performing at Skilled Park Stadium as pre-game entertainment to supporting Rick Astley and singer/songwriter Clare Bowditch on their Australian tours.
In 2015, she made the move to London and met up with some like-minded musicians, namely bass player/singer Ronald Maas and drummer Theo Buckingham, to aid her musical pursuits, to play at gigs in and around London and to prepare for their European Tour in June 2016 starting off in Germany and Holland.
On 9th April they celebrated the launch of their debut E.P. Dreamer at The Troubadour, London. Jaya got in touch with us with the view of reviewing it and as usual, we were more then happy to have a listen.
Dreamer on first listen is a fresh sounding, well produced, upbeat acoustic track. The song’s intro has an interesting upbeat acoustic before introducing Jaya’s vocals. Her softly sung vocals are full of meaning and purpose and is elastic in scale and power. The song has a retro feel, similar to Tracy Chapman at the start, with her deep female vocals, but evolves into a more unique song as it progresses, full of attitude, great harmonies and amazing use of light and shade. Overall, it’s a great spring/summer anthem, full of good vibes and it is very catchy. Definately a band to keep your eye on and check their music out while you are at it.