Interview: Andreya Triana
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As a stand-out new, vocal talent that emerged on Bonobo’s incredible Black Sands album, and with her downtempo, achingly soulful debut Lost Where I Belong, Andreya Triana shone as a bright, rising star on the UK soul scene. Triana spoke to TNS leading up to her Ninja Tune released sophomore album. Knocking on any doors available in her local London music scene Triana did work experience at radio stations and record agents looking for a permanent break into music. In 2006, she got into “a thing called Red Bull Music Academy and did tracks there and that opened a lot of doors really[…]people heard the tracks and it kind of got the ball rolling”. After a collaboration with Flying Lotus that ball rolled into the attention of Bonobo, who requisitioned her vocal talents for his critically-acclaimed album Black Sands, and his label Ninja Tune who promptly signed her to their roster. This partnership led to 2010’s Lost Where I Belong. With Bonobo at the production helm it was an experiment, moody soul gem that begged attention. In 2013 we now await her second album. Triana explained we can expect something different this time round “I think the songs are a lot different. When I listen back to my first album, it feels so innocent and in a very, very different place. [I wanted to] push myself to talk about subjects I wanted to talk about. Love in different ways and relationships with friends and grandparents and whatever. It’s kind of me trying to talk about these things really close to my heart.”
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