First Listen: Indya – Strip Me Down
- Strip Me Down Indya 3:22
Indya gets down and dirty with her new single “Strip Me Down” and proves, even more so than last time, that she is the modern rock goddess. Indya and her band really understand the school of rock, with the heavy guitars and thumping rhythms, they show that they actually sound better live, in my opinion. Indya also aurally shows her chops and her history as a pole dancer with the lyrics and beat, proving that the pole may be ready for the stadium with this areana rocker. Bravo!
When, from a young age, you are surrounded by the influential roar of a particular strain of music there is always going to be a strong chance that it will be a lingering inspiration. Such was the case for NATALIE INDYA WEST.
Rock music was a part of Natalie’s life from almost day one as she grew up on her Mother’s keen and eclectic taste for potent sounds from the likes of Free and Bad Company through to David Bowie and Rainbow. Such influential exposure only bred an equally hungry interest within Natalie, one increasing over her formative years and in time breeding aspirations within her to be a ‘Rocker’ herself.
The following years saw no decrease in her passion and intent with Natalie studying music at the Performing Arts & Technology school in Croydon before moving, with a diploma in hand, on to study at the Colin’s Performing Arts College in Essex.
Awarded a 50% scholarship, Natalie had to fund the rest of her schooling fees which led her to working as a pole dancer in a Gentleman’s Club. It was an experience which also saw Natalie to fall in with the wrong crowd and a subsequent debilitating habit. It was a dark time which Natalie used her anger for as a spark to write songs inspired by the depressive situation.
Strip Me Down was written about her time working at the aforementioned Gentleman’s Club.
Having already performed as a singer and in turn as a professional dancer in various musicals, as well as dancing behind pop group Mystique on The Brit Awards in 2003, Natalie put accompanying years of constant struggles and broken relationships to the background and strived to create her own rock band.
INDYA emerged in 2015; Natalie linking up with the explosive talents of guitarist Maxime Raguideau-Obadia, bassist Raymond Tagnola, and drummer Andrea Rapisarda to bring her life bred songs into reality.
The band quickly nurtured rousing glam meets hard rock incitements further spiced by a diversity of other flavours amidst Rainbow, Deep Purple, Bowie, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse like influences. Lyrically themed by Natalie’s life and the struggles of a drug addiction, Indya quickly found their sounds luring eager attention and support.
The band released their first single “Harder Faster” earlier this year – which was played on nearly 100 radio stations across the UK – including Kerrang! Radio.
With Natalie also making her mark as a DJ on Takeover FM in Leicester and also being a potent collaborator with many artists to date, it is fair to say that 2016 is looking a big and attention grabbing year for Indya and Natalie Indya West.
The record was produced by Dan Baune & mixed/ mastered by James Lerock Loughrey.