5 SPOT: Five "It Girls" On The Rise
Style is in more than just their dress, it’s found in the way they interact, the way they deliver a song with their quiet or loud voices. Learning more than just the sounds they make and more about the artists themselves can usually amplify the meaning and respect we have for them, however not knowing every detail is a mystery we can accept. Natural curiosity always has us on Google, ingesting their Wikipedia bios and interviews just to see what their lives were like before all of the stages. After, we usually watch some live performances to see if they sound as emotionally raw as their recordings. From witnessing and understanding their style, there’s something all too captivating about this group of female performers. You will see that their artistry isn’t boring, auto tuned, and empty of meaning. Their stories are just starting to get noticed, and it’s refreshing to see them not let the extra attention and media get in the way of changing who they really are.
She’s queen of slowburn, getting one to listen with patience.
The first time I was introduced to an Okay Kaya song was after an Interpol concert, when my friend and I decided to take a spontaneous trip with some people we met at the show—DJ and his buddies— to a restaurant of their family friend. He played this song in the dim candle lit space and immediately I yearned to find the singer behind the voice. I looked her up and fell in love with all of her videos, each so pretty they could be displayed in an art museum. This one she’s twirling in bright lights and you get lost in her quiet lovely hums.
And in “Clenched Teeth,” Kaya roams the streets of Tokyo and you get that same feeling where you’re alone with music and it devours you whereas everyone’s just hustling and bustling in the noisy background.
In fact, Kaya had an interesting introduction to music: her brother taught her how to play metal songs by Satyricon. It goes to show that a completely opposite genre had inspired her passion and without the different noise, perhaps we wouldn’t get the same sweet result.