Denmark is rapidly becoming a hotbed for pop right now, rivalling Sweden in a big way. Ea Kaya, one of the country’s brightest emerging talents gets the Quickfire treatment from Alfitude… Enjoy!
Tell us a little more about you
I’m a pop fan who found out I could create pop songs myself. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since I was a teen. Now I’m in my twenties, living in Copenhagen where the music scene is absolutely blooming. I’m an artist because I write honest and very personal songs, and I’d find it weird to let someone else sing my songs.
Why do you think so much great music comes from Scandinavia?
Sweden’s been the front runner on the music scene for a while, but Denmark and Norway have definitely caught up with the Swedes the past few years. Why do Scandies create such good music? Personally, I think it’s a mixture between two things. 1) Our attitude. I’ve had a lot of sessions, and whenever writing abroad, I miss the Scandinavian professionalism. We come on time, we deliver what we’re supposed to and we’re focused. 2) Our curiosity. Looking at Scandinavian music history, people aren’t afraid to take chances. We explore, wonder and don’t have an issue with being different.
Who is currently your favourite new artist?
I’m very into Lennon Stella at the moment! She has the softest voice and I love her melodies.
If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
To be honest, I think Troye Sivan and I would be a perfect match for a duet. He agrees – he just doesn’t know it yet!
Who has inspired you to become a musician?
My biggest inspiration as a teen was Taylor Swift, no discussion. T-Swizzle definitely one of my songwriting masters.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
I’m heading out to play my first festival season this summer! Then I’ll be hiding in the studio for a good while, teaming up with new producers to play around with my sound and get out of my comfort zone for a little. I’ll be releasing music in the meantime, of course!
Be sure to follow Ea Kaya here – one to watch for sure!
Track of the week. It’s not an easy balance mixing a cheesy pop melody with a raw indie-pop edge like this. Lennon Stella’s ‘Bad’ has somehow managed to feel like innocent bubblegum pop with a sinister undertone.