An experimental and self taught singer and songwriter originally hailing from South East London, Andreya Triana grew up submerged in a multicultural atmosphere. 2006 saw her selected from thousand s to take part in the Red Bull Music Academy in Australia where she further developed her style for improvisation and secured links with some of the best producers and musicians on the music scene. Multiple collaborations ensued daily at the Academy. 2010 saw the release of her album ‘Lost Where I Belong’, produced by Bonobo, with fellow Ninja Tune singer and songwriter Fink.
1: I have five names.
2: Lady GaGa confuses me.
3: I’m a jumpsuit junkie.
What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Life…and everything within it and outside of it.
How and when did you get into making music?
I’ve definitely come from a family of music lovers. My mum is a fantastic singer and also played steel drum. She always had music blaring in the house and would be dancing about and singing, it was infectious and it just carried on from there from a really young age. I was just naturally curious and had an unquenchable thirst for music.
What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
2. Medulla – Bjork
3. Quixotic – Martina Topley Bird
4. Extension Of A Man – Donny Hathaway
5. Grace – Jeff Buckley
What do you associate with Berlin?
A really buzzing and intriguing alternative art and music scene, its a wonderful place and I’d love to live there.
What’s your favourite place in your town?
At the moment it’s my house, I don’t get to be there very much as I’m traveling alot!!
If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Wonder around aimlessly with no direction.
What was the last record you bought?
Songs For The Ravens by Sea of Bees
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I really love Krystle Warren, her solo acoustic gig has to be one of my favourite shows that I’ve seen recently.
How important is technology to your creative process?
Technology is important but not vital. Creativity fundamentally comes from the soul and the heart and technology could never ever create that, its just a vessel and tool.
Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have two ace little brothers and their really proud. Although I got a free iPod touch when I did a gig for iTunes the other day and they were definitely a bit jealous at that one!
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