Brace yourselves, Oya Paya make music that’s truly intoxicating; a worldly strain of art-pop that combines springy tropical guitars, vibrant energy and mystical hooks. With their latest single ‘Where Is The Line’ out now and embedded for your listening pleasure below, we caught up with the Liverpool trio to get to know them a little better.
‘Where Is The Line’ is a glorious slice of genre-bending art-pop. How did the track come about?
“Maxime (vocals/guitar) was noodling about with this wacky little melody in practice one day. We all intuitively joined in and the track just sort of came together in front of our eyes. When the vibe feels right, we just go with it without too much thought.”
How did Oya Paya start out?
“Saam (bass) and Ash (drums) were making beats for fun when one day they showed one of them to their mate Maxime. He wrote a bunch of stuff and turned it into a song. We got ourselves into a practice room and tried to recreate it live and it had us gripped. That beat became our first single ‘Nothing Left’.”
What inspired your name?
“We’re named after a little game from Singapore (where Ash and Saam are from) that kids use to divide themselves into teams. Sort of like a more complex version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. You chant “Oya Paya Som!” and on “Som!” you either show the underside or overside of your palm. Matching palms are all on the same team. It sums up the randomness of circumstances that the world hands us.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Bee Gees, Pinback, Why?, Metronomy and Brockhampton.”
Any other new artists you have played with and would recommend?
“Hannah’s Little Sister – amazing songwriting, infectious energy. Crack cocaine for anybody who loves 90s jams. Bethlehem Casuals too, would highly recommend actively seeking these guys out if they ever play near you. Carnival punk-funk at its finest.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Oya Paya?
“We’re definitely not running out of music to release anytime soon, so keep on our trail for the fresh drops. There’s a couple of UK shows before Christmas in London and Bristol, and we’ve got our first overseas shows in France in late December.
Supporting Misty’s Big Adventure:
Monday 17th December – London @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Wednesday 19th December – Bristol @ The Louisiana”