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What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Probably the moment I got into a performing arts school and I released my first single, it gave me the confidence to turn music into a thing!

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

Hello! My name is Lia Rye, I’m an alternative rock artist born in London but based in Leeds. I have been writing songs since the age of 8 and I have been singing for what seems like forever. I released my first single at 15, picked up a bass guitar at 17 and now I have a great band I play gigs and write songs with. 

What was life like for you before music?

Not a clue, music has always been part of it.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Hmm, probably Poker Face by Lady Gaga. A bit of an odd choice from an alternative rock artist but Gaga is an inspiration to me, she’s a brilliant vocalist and performer.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I feel like I’m at a shifting point, I’m still a very small artist but I am building an amazing community and working with some great engineers and studios. I am a very small fish, but I will be making some cool waves this year.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Nobody else is going to do it for you. I feel like I could say more, but it really is that simple. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I have a secret tattoo, I despise cheese and I can move my ear. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

More time! I’m a very busy bee but I still feel like there’s still not enough hours in a day to keep up with music and my other commitments, whilst still being a human.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I completely forgot the words to a song on stage, there were at least 200+ people there so it wasn’t too great.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I have no interest in learning how to play the guitar. Yes I do play bass and yes it does kind of defy the whole rock image, but I want to see how long I can get away with it 🙂.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I am creating music that is not typically associated with people who look like me. Beyond that observation, I have quite a unique voice and my take on alternative music includes a mix of different genres and styles, so I think a variety of people can find something to connect with in my music. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

My latest track is called Bad Dream, it’s fully diving into the alternative rock / grunge genre! It was written late 2022 / early 2023 and the band and I performed it at a few gigs before we went to the studio in November 2023 to record it. The song is about having people linger on your mind and the frustration that forms surrounding it.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Thinking about additional parts to add to the song and composition. I performed the song live as part of a 4 piece, but there are more elements to think of when you take a song you play live into a studio. For example, the choruses used to be repeated but they no longer are (apart from the last chorus).

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

There is a chorus take I’m not too happy with aha, but I doubt anyone really notices it so it’s okay!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Not really, but I hope my music speaks more to you!