Exciting Danish prospect Ea Kaya has a brand new EP out Fragile But Strong As Hell which features a collection of six awesome songs including her three break-out singles Remedy, Tied Up and Don’t Complicate It. Fragile But Strong As Hell is a ride through all kinds of emotions and experiences that follow love, whether you’re lost in love or not ready for it, in a steady relationship or in an unhealthy one. Ea Kaya answers a few questions for Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles about the EP.
Is this the most exciting feeling when you put out new music?
It can be nerve-wracking to release new music, but I’m proud of my songs, so I’ll always be extremely excited as well!
Did the process of creating and making the EP really challenge you?
The EP contains songs that I wrote between 2016 – 2018. The oldest song on the EP was written back when I wasn’t even signed yet. In other words, I’ve evolved a whole lot through these past years and I’ve met many challenges. From writing by myself in my room to sessions with strangers in Los Angeles or London – it’s been quite a change. Luckily mostly a fun one. It varies a lot how I write now, but I still think most of my greatest songs are created in my friends’ apartments, in sketchy basements or on a quiet night in my bedroom.
For someone who has not heard of Ea Kaya, how would you describe your music to them?
An introvert singer/songwriter who becomes brutally honest when she writes, surrounding her thoughts and stories with a lush soundscape that can be just as powerful and hard-hitting as it can be dreamy and raw. Yeah, that should do it!
Who is your biggest musical influence and why?
Taylor Swift. It’s an easy question for me as she is one of the greatest songwriters we have. Also, she’s had an absolutely incredible career so far, which has its roots in her talent, but is driven by her admirable determination, ambition and self belief.
What has been the best piece of advice you have been given so far?
“You never know if you never try”. A cliché, yes.
What is the story behind Remedy?
Remedy is a song about toxic love. In a relationship, it’s rare that both parties want each other equally. As soon as you start catching feelings for someone, you can’t help but get a little addicted to that person. If you’re down, he makes everything a little better, and he therefore becomes a remedy to your dark sides. It’s risky though, because if he finds out, he might take advantage of the power he has over you.
What was your reaction when you played the final mix back for the first time?
Relief! It was actually extremely difficult to get Remedy’s sound right. At the time I hadn’t found the right producer for my project yet, and around seven different producers gave this song a try. My head was about to explode. It was an indescribable feeling when I was played the final production by Viktor Hagner and Nichlas Malling. They also produced Tied Up.
Has the creative process kept going and are you looking to make an album?
It has definitely had its bumps, as last year was a turbulent one. It’s back now, though, and I couldn’t be happier to write again! If all goes right, I’m slowly shaping my first album right now.
What’s next for Ea Kaya?
Live is finally up and running for good, so I’m heading out to play a lot! It’s going to be so much fun. Other than that, I’m back in the writing zone creating new pearls, while I’m finishing up a couple of my favorite “oldies” in the studio
Interview by Rob Lyon
For more info on Ea Kaya head to her official Facebook Page.