Okay Kaya grew up across from Oslo, on the small Nesodden peninsula where she learned a lot about music. Among her formative influences was her mother´s comprehensive record collection packed with funk, soul and hip-hop, which she waded through record by record. Another one was her brother´s death metal band, teaching her to develop a feeling for timing. It of course did not serve as the major influence for her own, raw and folk infused songs, in which the Norwegian singer-songwriter explores her feelings through arching melodies and soft movements. She uses a vast number of uncommon sounds to make her light-footed tracks a bit bulky and alienate, her videos and visuals are full of stylized body language and gestures, this way she creates her own world, similar to the one she spent her childhood in.
Her debut album „Both“ with these tremendously calm and yet full of suspense pieces came out in June. A friend called her once singer-sorrowwriter. She thought it was pretty funny but it does not reflect her meditative and reduced music. Often times one instrument giving the harmony, a piano figure or a guitar, combined with a snare is enough. The poetic lyrics do absolutely tell about fear, loneliness and melancholy but the proper sarcasm dissolves the dark feelings: If she was ever to buy a dog, she would call her hindsight, says her song appropriately titled „Hindsigh Is A Bitch“.
Playing with ambiguities like these is one oft her strengths. The New Yorker by choice, who moved to the US to work on her model career, takes her music seriously but at the same time easy. That’s an unusual combination and very beautiful to listen to. Okay Kaya comes to Germany for three exclusive shows in October.