CHIKAYA

Bristol's cosmic-soul artist chats about her latest single 'Maze', the DIY approach she takes to creating music and her love for her unwavering fanbase.

How has the reaction been to your latest release ‘Maze’?


Heartwarming, 'Maze' is meant to put you in your feels but in a positive uplifting way, so I am really happy to see people have resonated with it.

As an ethereal track, what were the main themes you aimed to capture?

 

I like to set a scene in my music and songwriting and with 'Maze' I was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the song progressing, to me, reminded me of her falling down the rabbit hole. So, I wanted to capture that feel of obscurity and uncertainty and put a positive spin on it just like the outcome of The storybook.


What’s your writing process like and do you find it changes with every track or remains fairly the same?
 

Most recently it’s been a bit more regimented because I’ve been on a massive creativity wave so I’ll play something on the piano, record it and the write around it. I like how simple this approach is.

I go with the flow with creating a tune and that’s why I’m never afraid because it’s all just coming out organically and not forced. 

How did teaching yourself guitar and piano aid your writing?


It aided massively, because I could formulate my ideas and it all just made sense once I started laying everything down.

How important is having a DIY ethos and keeping your creative control?

 

DIY ethos allows me to share and express myself without worrying about budgets, deadlines etc. Because I can rely on myself and I’m never gonna let myself down - same applies to creative control, I know I got this and that makes it a breeze.

 

Every track takes on a very different sound, how important is it for you to experiment and not be afraid to try something new?

It’s never intentional to be honest, I go with the flow with creating a tune and that’s why I’m never afraid because it’s all just coming out organically and not forced. 

"I’m so grateful to have formed a fanbase of people that fuck with everything I release, no matter how different it is."

"Bristol has done a lot for me, being around creatives all the time is inspiring and fuelling. "

If you had to choose two of your tracks to best show your range, which two would you choose and why?
 

'Stargazing' is one of my favourite songs I wrote because when you listen to it it’s a story with a positive meaning behind it. I really love playing it live too!


'Evolve' is one of my favourite tracks vocally and production wise - I think it is the perfect embodiment of my unique sound because it’s like a cosmic trip. It’s left field and therefore not for everyone, but I’m so grateful to have formed a fanbase of people that fuck with everything I release, no matter how different it is. 


What are you currently working on that you can tell us about? 


Currently, I am working on my EP which I plan to release this year. It’s going to be very different to what you’re hearing from me now. Some major changes are on the way! All in good time.
 

How does being based in a creative city like Bristol, influence you?

 

Bristol has done a lot for me, being around creatives all the time is inspiring and fuelling.

If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?

Lawottim Anywar 

Mercy’s Cartel

Nia Wyn

RADA 

Louis Jack

What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?

 

Continue creating, focus on my EP.  Lockdown put a pause in some collabs I had planned so I hope to get in the studio more this year and work with more artists!!

 

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