After the unmeasured success of her 2015 debut EP When The World Ends, AYLA returns with a new offering in ‘Like the Other Kids’ and a subsequent launch tour.
Premiered on triple j’s Goodnights, the song’s chugging, layered production is anchored by a pounding drum motif that takes it from stunning to anthemic, a catalyst for misty eyes and gentle steps forward despite its “dark imagery”. Then there’s that voice. The smooth, effortless gliding heights. The insouciant depths. Given a delicate yet self-determined vehicle through the considered nature of AYLA’s songwriting prowess, ‘Like the Other Kids’ represents the dawning of a new age. You’d never guess it was conceived of while AYLA was washing dishes at her parents’ house, testing out her rap flow.
‘LIKE THE OTHER KIDS’ (SINGLE) OUT NOW!
AYLA’s reputation, built to its towering esteem via consistent support from triple j, a deal with Italy’s Ego Records (Emma Louise, The Jezabels) and an awestruck slew of online outlets, has reached unshakeable heights. Her single ‘Wish I Was’ claims the accolade of being the #15 most played song on triple j in the year of its release, and snagged international remixes from Spada and Zwette. AYLA has toured her own show across the country and supported heavyweights such as Kate Miller-Heidke (national tour), Husky and Asta. At Woodford Folk Festival, The Big Pineapple Festival,BIGSOUND 2015 and soon Caloundra Music Festival, her irresistable live show has stood out as a glittering jewel amongst the fray.
AYLA is not up-and-coming anymore, she’s here. And with a headline ‘Like the Other Kids’ single launch tour and new EP on its way, she’s only getting started.
Jen had the chance to chat with Ayla earlier in September.
So at the young age of 18 you released a single ‘Wish I was’ and gained a fair few spins on Trip J and was on # 15 on Triple J’s most played list in 2014. When you look back that time in your life do you remember feeling like it was a dream that your first single was so successful?
Absolutely! I was actually at a camp on Stradbroke Island when it had its first ever play on triple j too, so I missed it! That made it seem even less real. The first time I heard it was in the car, and I pulled over on the side of the highway and rang my mum. They kept playing it and every time I couldn’t believe it. To come in at 15th most played track really topped of that surreal year!
Is there anything else that you do? Are you studying or working juggling a few things?
I’m in my third year of a bachelor of music at QUT in Brisbane at the moment. Apart from that I just do a lot of music really! I’m also currently at the Gracemere sale yards for the National Droughtmaster sale helping my dad with his bulls and selling three of my own. So yeah, there’s that!
You are at playing Caloundra Music Festival shortly, that will be amazing! Are you planning on camping and enjoying the whole experience or will you just perform on stay that one day?
I’ve been a few times to Caloundra and it’s always great! I’m actually lucky enough to live really close to the festival, so will definitely be in Caloundra for a few days this year. I’ve also got some friends staying in hotels around the area, so we’ll see where we end up!
‘Like the Other Kids’ was released on the 2nd of September have you been happy with the way it has be received by your fans?
You never know how a song is going to be received. I’ve had this song recorded for a few months, so it was awesome to finally get it out there, and I’m ecstatic with the reception so far. Someone let me know that it’s helped them get through a rough patch they’ve been having, which is one of the most incredible things I think you can hear as a songwriter. Songs have been that for me before, and I never even imagined that one of my songs could be that for someone else.
I like the song and especially the meaning. Did you write this song from personal experience or was it from watching others experiencing not fitting in?
When writing, I tend to start with a personal reflection and develop a kind of ‘character’ from there, with their own emotions and experiences. That’s what happened with this song, so it’s definitely not all necessarily personal, but some parts are based from my experiences.
You are kicked off the ‘Like the Other Kids Launch’ tour already. Can you tell us what it was like playing the night before Bigsound?
It was amazing! Everyone was buzzing with pre-bigsound excitement. The room was nice and full and we got some great feedback. It was great to watch some of the other acts playing at The Foundry and around the Valley that night as well.
You have a new EP on the way, can you tell us how many songs and what type of songs or is that being kept under wraps?
It’s looking like a five track EP. There are some exciting collaborations on this one, and I’ve really enjoyed working with some different people around the country. So far I’ve noticed that most of the songs aren’t love songs, so I think this one will be more about telling stories or expressing certain things away from that.
Are there any other plans after the tour is over? Some rest perhaps? Haha
A couple of exciting announcements will be made soon, but I’m definitely also looking forward to some relaxing. I love playing tennis and pretending I can surf as well, and the summer is a good time for those things!
Thank you Jen!
My pleasure, I wish you all the best with everything!