Born in London but raised in Los Angeles, Kaya Stewart grew up surrounded by music. In her earlier years, her father former Eurythmics frontman and producer extraordinaire Dave Stewart, was a major influence. Kaya was writing songs by the age of six and had made her impression on Los Angeles’ live music scene by her early teens.
Now she’s constantly exploring and redefining what it means to be a pop artist in today’s world – especially one which is currently filled with so much uncertainty. As she concludes, “There was never a moment of ‘Oh, this is what I want to do.’ It’s always just been a part of who I am.”
We got the chance to ask Kaya some questions.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I think growing up my biggest musical influence would have to be my Dad. He was constantly playing and writing music in the house, which I now do in my apartment. Some of my favorites are definitely Gwen Stefani and Amy Winehouse”.
What has been your best gig?
“CMJ fest in New York was really cool!!”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“I’m really proud of what my music has become! I feel as I’ve grown up, the sound and style of my music has grown with me. I wrote my new single ‘California’ in Nashville with Jamie Lidell. Him and I just clicked! There is definitely and R&B influence but it’s always hard to describe. The best thing I can say about my new music is that it’s totally honest”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Airy. Honest. Melodic”.
What makes your music stand out?
“I would say my lyrics. My music is so undeniably me. It’s basically just looking into my head”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“To be honest… I have no idea! With everything going on in the world I’ve been taking it one day at a time. New music for sure! Just getting as creative as I can”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“My grilled cheeses”.
Do you have any “live” gigs coming up?
“I wish I could say yes!! Like I said, with the state of the world I’m taking it all a day at a time”.
By Siân Parker