“A live-looping frenzy of percussive hands, vocal beauty and..the African kalimba" (Artrocker, UK), Phia delivers a show of breathtaking music making and story telling.
Q&A, with Phia (singer, kalimba, loops)Define your genre in five words or less:
Handmade looped indie pop.How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I've been playing music since childhood, but writing music came later. I was 19 or 20 when I started writing songs. Hearing Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby" really opened my ears to the beauty and playfulness that can happen in jazz. Also discovering the Beatles in year 7 radically changed me.What are your top 5 favourite albums?
Feist - Metals Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Tune-Yards - Whokill The Beatles - Revolver Lykke Li - Youth NovelsWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
Seeing Tune-Yards in 2011 in Berlin. I'd never seen live music be so energetic, empowering and fun.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
The lyrics always come first for me. I write about things that matter to me, feelings that I want to remember. There's generally a little lightbulb that goes on in my brain when I think something is song-worthy.