We heard of Indya ages ago before they were popular and cool. Only we forgot to email them to answer our Band of the Day questions. Oops. Thankfully, they’re also lovely and knocked on our virtual door to give us a second chance…
Us guys are from all different places:
- Natalie is from Brighton
- Save is from Italy
- Joel is from London
- Ozz is from Canada
How did you meet?
Natalie and Ozz are best friends who’s known each other for years. Ozz introduced Save, and Joel we met at Joel’s house for a jam and connected right away! Save plays also in The Tango Pirates with Danny Fury. So Ozz has known these guys many years and played alongside them. Joel and Save are neighbours too so it’s all pretty close knit. We have a loving relationship between us all!
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Indya means “gorgeous person” in Indian and was named by Natalie. It’s quirky and is her middle name.
What are your influences?
Our influences are Joan Jett, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Rainbow so many varied genres. Ozz our guitarist played with Alice Cooper, Judas Priest and Wishbone Ash so he already had that glam rock vibe going on.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is glam rock but now merging into metal / alternative. We have a metal sound but with a glam gloss to finish – think Joan Jett in business with Manson… sleazy dirty guitar riffs, with teasing drums and a killer bass! Then Natalie’s voice is just so Joan Jett!
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
The songs are written by Natalie so the lyrics are themed on her life. Her background, and relationships. Take a read on her biography on the Facebook fan page to get the gist.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live shows are always awesome! Especially when we play in Sussex as the gigs are always packed out. As the band has recently reformed, we haven’t played many shows together yet as a new band (been about 10 so far) but we have over 30 coming up this year including tours in Sweden and Italy, and this is just up to the summer. I’m sure more will come along for the winter!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
The wildest thing we have done is actually last weekend we supported the Rocket Dolls on their tour at Bar 42 in Worthing. Natalie made a mistake but she stopped half way through the song and asked to re-start. Who does that? Natalie just says it how it is and does her thing regardless of who’s watching.
Also a few months back Natalie was involved in a five-car pile up. Her car was written off and then she had a tattoo of Amy Winehouse on her arm straight after. She didn’t want to let them down. She then went to hospital after – she’s crazy!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Joel the drummer uses Pearl drums and Zildjian cymbals. Ozz our guitarist uses ESP Gibson guitars and Randall amps. Save the bassist uses Warwick thumb 1983, Grbass Amps and D’addario XL prosteels.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are supporting the Soap Girls in Liverpool on 7th May , also Republica on 24th June. We have a Sweden tour 27th-29th August and then a tour of Italy in Sept. We are also playing with the Rocket Dolls 26th May and 4th August. So many gigs – take a look at our events page on Facebook.
What are your plans for 2018?
We plan just to smash it! In every way possible. We take each day as it comes
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We would love to be supporting Joan Jett! To open the show it would be amazing to have Via Dolorosa, now they are pretty hot!
From previous Band of the Day We’re No Gentlemen: What is the worst food you ever ate while on the road to a gig?
Worst food is eating out of date mackerel paté. Proper stank out the bus! Along with a warm McD’s milkshake.
From another BotD, Yatin Strivastava: How important is it to think of a band as a business in today’s music industry?
It’s so important to think of us as a business as Indya is a brand. We are selling our music and our merchandise. Image is key. You have to sell your product so talking, networking and being nice paves the way. You need people on your side. It’s those fans that make you and make you money so you have to keep those people happy.
And from Nomasta: What is your favourite album for those special fuzzy tingle times?
Favourite album would be the Rocket Dolls’s new album Deadhead – it’s awesome!!
Header image by Duncan Tyler