TUNE Nayana IZ - GROWING PAINS
NAYANA IZ releases debut EP, 'SMOKE & FLY'
And announces 'GROWING PAINS' as new focus single
'SMOKE & FLY' is the debut EP from NAYANA IZ: one of the UK's most explosive new talents. Listen here.
The EP contains the double A-side single ‘WALKING / FINAL HOUR’ and ‘TNT’, as well as the latest focus track 'GROWING PAINS', on top of more from the fascinating London 19-year-old. Having performed for Radio 1's Big Weekend and toured with the likes of Kojaque, Nayana also forms part of the trailblazing NiNE8 Collective alongside founders Lava La Rue and Biig Piig; as well as collaborating with the likes of Adidas, North Face, Redbull Music, Boiler Room, The Face and more.
Born in London, made in India, NAYANA IZ is a culture-clashing force to be reckoned with. Growing up in North London, her musical education was a melting pot of everything – from jazz, pop and indie through to hip-hop and soul. As soon as she could start creating her own music, Nayana knew she wanted to mix the spirit of Indian language and dance (she is currently learning Hindi as well as classical Indian dance) in with all of the different music she had been raised on; to empower young girls (particularly from her native land) to find their own authentic voice, and to express themselves.
Fierce but deeply affecting, it's the duality of NAYANA IZ (the smoke, and the fly; the highs, the lows) that underpin her debut EP, and combine to make her the fearlessly unique individual she is. In her own words...
"SMOKE & FLY is every insecurity I had as a child turned into strength. Smoke - the battles, the cloudiness, darkness, ego, the devil on your shoulder. All of us have it in some form, however one might describe it, it’s low frequency vibrations. Fly - the truth, love, loyalty, acceptance. The realm of higher consciousness.
When I first started this project my mission was to heal my inner child. I had been hurt and never let it out which caused problems for me growing up and even to this day. 'SMOKE & FLY' signifies the moment I blocked out all the times people told me I would never be enough, playing over and over in my mind. I wanted to make a body of work to help those who shut down their emotions because of pain to feel again. As I’ve managed to heal myself, maybe this could give someone the strength to start their journey in loving themselves again. 'SMOKE & FLY' is the world through my eyes as a child - the mind state where you are the most free - but as spoken by myself in the present, after I’ve conquered fears and healed wounds.
Welcome to the world of NAYANA IZ."
“’Pummels multiple genres into submission. It’s thrilling to witness.” Sunday Times
Culture "She’s firmly in charge of her own narrative." i-D
"A warrior spirit" Gal Dem