With everything she does, iyla exudes a strong creative identity and confidence. Last year the LA artist and activist, who’s on the Youtube Music US Foundry programme, released her debut EP War + Raindrops to great acclaim and has just dropped a visually stunning, vibrant visual accompaniment to her track ‘Flowers’. We caught up with iyla to find out a little more about the rising artist.
Imbued with a rich soulful essence, her sound blends R&B and pop intertwined with honeyed vocals. Speaking on her creations she says, “When people think of iyla, I want them to think of art. With everything I do – my music, my vocals, my videos and my stage performances – I really want people to feel like they’re experiencing art.” And her latest video, accompanying the track ‘Flowers’ taken from her debut, very much evidences this creative potency and integrity with which she approaches everything. A gloriously floral, colourful creation and a great introduction to iyla’s sound and aesthetic if you’re not yet acquainted.
Having just released the vibrant new video for ‘Flowers’, we caught up with iyla to find out a little more about the rising pop-star. Get to know iyla In Short…
Three words to describe my music… Honest, emotional, and flowing.
Last photo on your phone... A pic of me last night at an Andy Grammer concert at The Wiltern, in LA.
Favourite instagram account… @lalamilan she cracks me up!
The best venue I’ve played… A tie between YouTube Space London, and Lightbox, NYC.
Earliest song you remember… “I Say a Little Prayer” – Aretha Franklin
The worst job I’ve ever had… Selling Cupcakes in the mall was my first/only retail job. It wasn’t so bad though and I met my producer Kadis there : )
Favourite food on tour… Ramen, ramen, and more ramen.
My Favourite word… Blue
Things that cheer me up… My dog Violet, singing with my family, dm-ing supporters, watching YouTube vids, ice cream, and all things Autumn.
If I could play a gig anywhere it would be... Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA (my hometown)
I think you should listen to… Whatever music makes you feel most connected with your feelings. Not based on “genre” or what your friends think is cool or not. I’ve been listening to a lot of H.E.R. lately.
If I could see anyone play live it would be… Rihanna
iyla’s debut EP ‘War + Raindrops is out now. New music coming soon.