Q&A with AYLA

I had an incredible opportunity to interview Australian singer/songwriter Ayla
Check the Q&A out now over at Ramona Mag (and below) to hear about her backstage rituals, performing with Triple J, her upcoming tour + a hell of a lot more! Xx

Hi Ayla! How’s life treating you?
Hi! Pretty good thanks. I’ve been doing a bit of gardening around the house lately, which has been fun, and we’ve just been laying some new pavers. Mostly though, there’s been a lot of rehearsing and recording lately. Doing music for a living means life is usually treating me pretty well!

Can you describe how you felt when your new single, “Like The Other Kids,” aired for the first time on Triple J?
Well, I’d just driven back up to the Sunshine Coast after doing a day of recording in Brisbane (about an hour and a half drive). I walked in the door to find my parents and boyfriend gathered around the radio, which was turned up loud, and Linda Marigliano was announcing the new track. So, I was exhausted but ecstatic, and it was wonderful to have family around.

What was the back bone inspiration for the track?
The track is about being different, but being okay with that. The line “I’m not like the other kids” really just came about because it rhymed with the line before it and it was just what came out when I was singing it through, so I hadn’t actually intended it to be about that before I started, that’s just the way it came out.

Is it true that it was first conceived while you were washing dishes at your parents’ house?
Yes! And I was trying to rap–you know, just to make the task more interesting.

We absolutely love the single artwork! What’s the story behind the adorable unicorn-duck design?
Thank you! A wonderful Adeladian artist, Chris Edser created it for me. My manager showed me his artwork, and I loved it. I wanted something in his style for the song, because I thought it would suit perfectly. The idea was to create something unique. There’s an element of The Ugly Duckling reference in there too. He’s decidedly a “Duckicorn,” and I’ve called him Milton.

You scored a sweet session on Triple J’s “Like A Version” last year; was the experience as unreal as your voice?
It was insane! I couldn’t believe it when I got the call. We didn’t have much time to prepare, and the few days from then until we went in were a bit of a blur. I was really lucky to have some great musicians with me, both that I know, and some special guests (in the form of Joji from Gang of Youths, and Montaigne). It was wonderful working with them, and everyone at the Triple J studio was great.

You’ve supported the likes of Kate Miller-Heidke, Husky, and Asta. If you could choose one musician past or present to perform or collaborate with, who would it be?
I’d love to collaborate with John Mayer, I think that would be pretty cool.

Your debut EP, “When The World Ends” was released last year; did you expect such unmeasurable success to follow?
It was released in November, yeah. I can’t believe it’s nearly been a year! It’s been incredibly fun playing shows since then and sharing the music with people. I was thinking about it and, when I daydream, I never really think about where I will go/what I will do with music, so I don’t really go along expecting anything, I just take it as it comes.

Congrats on being signed to Italy’s Ego Records! What’s changed most for you since joining the label?
Thank you. They actually made a remix EP, which was released in Europe. The remixes got a bit of play in clubs, radio, and even on the French Clubbing TV channel (the film clip). It was hard to believe it all because it was on the other side of the world, but sometimes friends who were overseas would tell me they heard my song over there, and that is pretty incredible!

Your “Like the Other Kids” single launch tour has kicked off; if we could be a fly on the wall, what could we find you doing right before getting up on stage?
We have actually finally come up with a pre-show ritual, which is pretty exciting… It’s super lame. We’re hoping to involve someone different every time, but further details must remain secret I’m afraid! Apart from that, I’d probably be eating, because food is good.

Can you give us any hints about your newest EP and when we might expect to hear it?
I’ve been able to work with some different people from around the country on this one, which has been really exciting. I’ve noticed that, with the tracks recorded so far, there’s a pattern of non-love songs. I think this EP will be more about telling stories and expressions apart from that.

Your guilty pleasure in the name of a singer?
Sometimes, when no one is around, turning it up Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” and having a good old dance. Let’s face it, it makes you want to boogie.

Ayla’s “Like The other Kids” Tour Dates:

SUN 02 – MON 03 OCT | CALOUNDRA MUSIC FEST
FRI 07 OCT | STUDIO 188, IPSWICH
SAT 08 OCT | THE ZOO, BRISBANE
FRI 21 OCT | BRIGHTON UP BAR, SYDNEY
SAT 22 OCT | THE PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE

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