Our friends at Brightside Network Media had a chance to catch up with the Queen of Bass Ayah Marar to discuss her “Real American Tour,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris “Thinking About You”, along with debut album “The Real” and her hit track “Beg Borrow Steal.” Check out an excerpt of the interview below and read the rest of the article here.
What does establishing your solo career mean for you on an emotional level?
More than anything, it’s an exercise in gaining the trust of the industry and fans so that I can start bringing through and representing the people that I think can make a real impact on the scene in a positive way. It’s everything to me and it’s all I’ve got so it means the world.
Can you walk us through the production process behind “Beg Borrow Steal”?
I wrote and recorded it with Will Simms as part of my debut album, we locked ourselves away in a basement with cigarettes and red wine and poured our hearts out. It was an exercise in self-expression and catharsis. It’s a sensationalized autobiography.
We saw you played the Hard Rock Hotel o n the 8th in our neck of the woods… What do you think of the West Coast of California?
Absolutely adore it! The people, the food and the vibe is unreal in SD, such a marvellously creative and fabulous place!
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Radikal Records is proud to announce the signing of one of the hardest working artists in the dance music genre, Ayah Marar. Well known amongst the electronic music community in the UK, Ayah’s dedication to her music has earned her the rightful title of “The Queen Of Bass.” Her debut album, “The Real” has been attracting wide spread attention and critical acclaim with a recent Vibe Magazine interview, Music Week featuring her song “Alive” as Track Of The Week, and Ayah winning Best Female Artist in the 2013 Drum And Bass Awards. “The Real” will be released by Radikal Records in North America in early summer this year.
Dance music is a broad church, but within each parish there’s usually a set of rules. A doesn’t always go with B, and X shouldn’t really mix with Y, but sometimes those rules are meant to be broken or manipulated into odd new shapes. Ayah Marar’s kaleidoscopic debut album, “The Real,” is a case in point: thirteen songs that take inspiration from the underground dance scene, cherry-picking the very best elements of drum and bass, techno and house and bolting them onto well-crafted pop hooks that look set to shatter dance floors. “It’s an homage to dance music in whatever form, whether it’s garage or two step or house or drum and bass,” she explains.
With seemingly every other new pop star trying to marry a gargantuan dance beat to a pretty melody, it’s a competitive world. The difference here is that Ayah Marar isn’t faking it. She lives the life of an underground dance fiend, of a DJ and MC, of a strong woman in a male-dominated industry. Her two worlds, the underground and the mainstream, have been brought together organically, co-existing in a way that sounds fresh rather than forced. “I’m trying something that I don’t think has been done in the way we’re trying to do it,” Marar states. “It’s what I love to do; it’s trying to find that balance.”