Every week, we are so excited to introduce you a brand new talent. Today, we interview and put the light on Atlanta-raised newcomer ALIA. She will spice up your life and make it sweeter with her music cocktail “Gin & Honey“. If you like Banks, Jordan Rakei, Miguel, or Mariah Carey, you will like her sound for sure!
Alia is now based in Los Angeles and has already released some music in the past (like “Penthouse” that she co-produced with Juan Fleischer). Nevertheless, as she explains it in the interview below, “Gin & Honey” might be more important than the previous ones. The track, which was produced by Maro, is a mix of a sensual and bassy R&B with an electronic and groovy production. The result is sexy, both intimate and universal.
LA-based newcomer Alia shakes it smooth with her sexy, intimate, and smoky debut cocktail “Gin & Honey”
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Highclouds: Can you introduce yourself to our readers that don’t know you yet?
I’m Alia, an artist from Atlanta, Georgia, currently calling Los Angeles home. My music blends the boundaries of Pop, Electronic and R&B.
What is your musical background and when did you start making music?
I’ve been making music since childhood, beginning as a pianist, and later as singer/songwriter on a humble acoustic guitar.
What are your influences?
My music has always been influenced by artists who create universal and yet deeply personal music. Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Beyonce. But I am also constantly inspired by the people who are pioneering new and unique sounds; right now I’m listening to a lot of Anderson .Paak, Lido, Jordan Rakei, SG Lewis.
How would you describe your music?
Groove-able pop meets seductive R&B against a smoky, electronic backdrop.
What can you tell me about “Gin & Honey”? What’s was the process of the creation of it?
Gin & Honey is the brain child of myself and the immensely talented producer, Maro. I went into the studio listening to a lot of R&B and wanted to write something sexy, but not a ballad. This poured out over the course of a few really fun sessions.
Did you feel some kind of pressure because it is your debut song?
I’ve released a few things here and there but this is by far the biggest release to date, so yes. There is a bit of pressure. But those feelings pale in comparison to the excitement and pride I have in this work.
What can you tell about your future? What can we expect from you?
More music, different music, new branches of the same tree.
Do you have any song to recommend us right now?
“Come To L.A.” by Pretty Sister[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/252509029″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
BONUS: Listen to the previously released track “Penthouse”[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/255144496″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]