I Ya Toyah
What album, tour, or song are you excited about now?
I’m excited about my own release, Code Blue Reloaded + Code Blue Revelations remix album. Other than this, I look forward to 3TEETH and Carnifex tour featuring Tim Skold and The Browning
What singers or bands inspired you growing up?
Iron Maiden, Opeth, Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Sade, NIN, Tool, Tori Amos, Guano Apes.
Who are your favorite artists today?
Depeche Mode, NIN, Tool, Mortiis, The Midnight, 3TEETH, Health
What non-musical things inspire your music?
Every day observations
Is there a place where you go to be inspired?
My own head seems to be a perfect hub for ridiculous ideas turned music.
What’s been the greatest achievement of your band?
Code Blue album release, Code Blue Reloaded drop, then touring with Pigface, and going on the road with Zwaremachine….But there is more to it than those events. It is a flow, chain reaction, it is continuous 🙂
Where was the coolest place to play? Where did you enjoy yourselves the most?
I loved playing Thalia Hall, Chicago. It was a sold-out show on the gloomy November night… My homecoming show from tour with Pigface. The venue is known to be haunted so it was a lot of dark fun going on that night.
What are your favorite horror movies?
I love Children of the Corn– probably equally for the plot darkness and amazing soundtrack. Something you’d bath in blood bath to 😉 Others are Strangers, Psycho, anything Hitchcock… Wrong Turn, Exorcist, It, oh, there is so many of them!
What was the scariest night of your life?
There is more than one. When I was in car accident at the age of 12….it shredded my guitar and my head was smashed, skull fractured, but all I could think of was my Dad who was in this accident with me, and my Mom and Sister who waited at home for us. I was only scared for short- I had no idea how badly injured I was. I fell into coma after this, and they didn’t know if I will ever wake up. So, pretty scary. There are more but too dark to share….
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your opening band?
Dalhalla in Sweden, it is an open-air theatre located in a former limestone quarry, and it is used as a summer music venue. It is gorgeous! I’d love to open the show up there for Depeche Mode.
What are you working on now for future release?
I am prepping to write the material for the next album. Currently working on some music production parts, testing some plugins, sounds, getting inspired….
Final thoughts / Anything you want to tell the listeners?
Yes. Help me spread the disease of music and infect the human race! But also, I love you. Thank you for not just hearing, but also for listening.