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Sugarcoated Saya

Tell us a bit about the creative process behind creating your EP.


It’s called Sugarcoated. I’m just wrapping it up now. Basically, for the past few years, I’ve been travelling and having a wider range of experiences. I’m more attune with myself and I touch more on heartbreak and vulnerabilities in this specific EP. My sound has evolved a lot. I’ve been working with one producer in particular, rather than working with multiple, giving this project a really cohesive sound.


Why the name Sugarcoated?


On my last EP, I touched upon themes of fantasy and lust which I expand upon. In the past, I built up a lot of stuff in my head and, in a way, exaggerated my lifestyle. I had to come to terms with who I was being and look at the people around me. I think a lot had come from the person I was dating at the time. I’ve changed a lot in the past year and I think before that, I was sugarcoating a lot of parts within my life.


A lot of your songs involve owning your sexuality, could you tell me a bit about what that means to you?


Everyone has their own limits of comfortability. Personally, I’m very comfortable in my own skin. Intimacy and relationships are really important to me, but it was a process to get there. I think that what I thought was “normal” in high school definitely isn’t normal to me anymore. I had to step away from my friends and what guys thought about me to find myself. I’m a very sexual person and I don’t mind talking about it – I like empowering people to be who they are. I think people should dress for themselves and do whatever feels right as long as they’re being true to themselves.


Who are your greatest inspirations?


I really like Johnny Cash because he’s a badass who never really gave a fuck. It’s a great mentality to have. I also idolize Cher and Kenneth Anger, the filmmaker. In fashion, I’m really inspired by John Galliano. Erykah Badu just to name another. I really like people who are raw or have that "cringe" factor.


Who’s on your Spotify playlist?


A lot of early 2000s R&B and hip-hop. I love Ashanti, Nelly, old Beyoncé and Andre 3000. More currently, I really like Trippie Red, Drake, The Weeknd, Pharrel and Kid Cudi.


What are you doing when you’re not making music?



Even when I’m not working I’m gravitated towards doing something productive. All of my friends are creatives so I’m really in my element when I’m around them. If I’m not with them, I’m probably hanging out with my boyfriend. His name is Quincy and he’s a rapper from Toronto. He’s really talented. We're constantly motivating each other in music.


What are some common misconceptions about you?


I don’t really get any hate or anything from fans or anything. On a personal note, people might think I’m mean or that I look like a bitch. Maybe people think I’m slutty because of my music. I don’t know, people will always have something to say. I can be really closed off depending on the energy I feel from other people so when I get comfortable around someone they always say I’m a lot weirder and quirkier than they had expected.



What can we expect from your new EP, Chills & Thrills?


It’s different from my earlier music, but I think my voice and style still make everything cohesive. The sound is bigger. I definitely go more pop than ever before. I was always so scared to make dance music, but I think I’m comfortable with it now since I’m making it all on my own terms. I’m actually about to drop my most “pop” styled song later this month.

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