INTERVIEW: STREETS OF ROYA
Streets of Roya’s new single ‘Sleepwalking’ is their most intimate offering to date, located somewhere between desperation and restlessness. Never quite drifting off into hopelessness, the song is driven by its pulsating drums and atmospheric sounds. The singer’s voice is the fundamental element, taking the listener on a trip into a wonderfully melancholy world and really defining the band’s deep and thorough Indie / Alt-Pop sound. Productionwise, the band tried to recreate the protagonists battle against his loss of reality, which you can really hear in the details of the song. ‘Sleepwalking’ is the band’s first single taken from their debut EP set for release in early 2019.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
my dad used to be a drummer and I remember banging on the drums at a very young age. He gave me some lessons when I was probably five or six years old and ever since I wanted to be a drummer. But for all kinds of different reasons I became a singer and songwriter.
What motivates you to write music?
Writing songs is how I process all the things happening in my life. Sometimes I sit down and write something just to get it out of my mind. I started writing songs when I was 12 or 13 and it’s somehow what I’ve always done.
Why have you chosen music as a creative outlet?
Playing guitar felt very natural and easy to me. Once I learned the first two or three chords I just couldn’t let go of it. For a long time I felt less comfortable as a singer and it took me a while to get comfortable calling myself a singer. Music has always played a big part in my life.
When you start the writing process for a song what do you begin with? The melody? The guitar?
It’s always different. I wrote our current single Sleepwalking on an acoustic guitar. Just jamming and see where it leads me. Nowadays I write a lot of songs to production or a beat or something. Helps me to not get too distracted thinking about chords and rhythm and all that stuff. Just focusing on melody and lyrics.
If you could pick only 3 albums to listen to for the rest of your life what would they be?
Jeff Buckley – Grace, Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon, Damien Rice – O
What’s the best live show you’ve ever been to?’
this is hard one. probably MuteMath. an indie rock band from New Orleans. I saw them in a small club and their energy was mind-blowing. I don’t go to big festivals and stadium shows that often but prefer really small clubs and local bar shows.