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

NTNita (frontwoman): I come from a family of musical people: violinist grandfather, singing grandmother & mother, guitarist/drummer father, and uncles… I was always surrounded by melodies and rhythm. Music was as natural to me as breathing or eating! I always loved to perform, too. I’m an only child and I was always surrounded by adults I felt the obligation to entertain. I believe in pursuing the things that you’re gifted with, and if my talent lay in something like finances, I’d probably have a much more stable job! Haha

Introduce to us you and your musical history.

I’m Nita Kaja. My parents were Kosovar refugees who fled to America during the war, and I was born in New York. I visited Kosovo every summer and I met a boy named Drin Tashi, with whom I fell in love, and we started SYTË together. I moved to Kosovo right after high school and local musical legends Granit Havolli (drums) and Fatlind Ferati (bass) joined the band, snd the rest is history!

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed? 

I’m (unreasonably) sick of explaining our biography, even though I know how important it is to tell people our story. I just never know where to start so I get frustrated and give up haha

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with america and the UK, good idea?

Super idea! Bravo.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

I’m a sucker for conspiracy theories. Even the most outlandish ones. The concept of conspiracy theories, like, the idea that the conventionally accepted narrative of something is actually false unsettles me. Like why am I so freaked out over the fact that Tupac could still be alive, chilling in Cuba? I don’t even believe it? But I can’t read/watch that kind of stuff at night, especially when I’m home alone. Silly but true.

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

Lots of rugs. I had a rug fixation. Now I’m giving them away.

What useless party trick do you have?

I’m really annoyed about asking people for their astrology signs. And then I don’t really follow up with any information about their signs.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Performing at Sunny Hill Festival this summer was the highlight of my career so fat. It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever had (at least 10k people), and the biggest stage I’ve ever been on. I felt like a total rockstar. I couldn’t believe people were singing our songs! 

What was the worst experience on stage?

This one time we performed last year, the sound engineer that dealt with us during soundcheck dipped and had someone, with absolutely no idea what was going on, replace him. I couldn’t hear anyone the entire set, but I actually thought I was going to lose my hearing from the unbearably loud noise frequencies coming through my in-ear. The crowd was great and no one noticed that I was fuming, so I guess it was a successful show anyway.

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?

I’d take the alien to a textile shop full of fabrics with different colors, textures, and embellishments and tell them that our music is the sonic equivalent.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

The sounds of traffic. I hate loud noises so much.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Crystal Floor! It’s so bouncy and I have a lot of room for theatrical expression. It’s kind of a political anthem so I let loose and get aggressive with my delivery. I love seeing the crowd’s hype grow when the lyrics start to hit them.

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

It might be our most “pop” song to date. It’s very feminine, happy, and loaded with brain-scratching sounds, contrasting against the slightly dark lyrical content.

What was the recording process like?

Technically, the process was very smooth. Didn’t record a million vocal takes or anything. However, it was the most emotional. I have a very deep connection to this song and its themes.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

This was the first single we’ve mixed on our own! Well, not “we’ve” but just Drin, my genius husband and bandmate. I just made a couple of suggestions here and there 🙂 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

This time around, no! I’ve definitely had regrets concerning past projects, but I’m fully proud and sure of this single. 

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

Finally moving back to New York to embark on the next chapter of SYTË’s career!