Sofi Chetrar: You have produced music for so many great artists in the past, when did you realise that you want to create your own music?
Saya Gray: Since childhood creating music for myself was something I just did for myself, it was a world outside of the world to exist in. Eventually, it was a natural process to start inviting people that I liked in.
S: What is your songwriting process like?
SG: Honestly, quick usually. A momentary feeling with a particular instrument- it takes ages for me to usually return to that song and feel it’s time to show humans.
S: Have you been introduced to music from a young age and what was the first instrument you ever played?
SG: ’twas piano fresh out of the womb for me and Lucian. We had tons of instruments laying around cuz I grew up in a music school and my dad was a composer/musician so we had like a studio Ghibli forest of instruments to play around on.
S: Your debut project 19 MASTERS is produced, written and performed entirely by you except for your parents and your brother opening the album with Japanese lyrics, guitar lines and trumpet. Are you close with your family and did they enjoy being a part of your musical world?
SG: I was supa supa broke and couch surfing for most of the making of this record and didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them considering the touring and vagabond fanny pack life I was living. My influences mostly came from them so it was nice never having to really explain anything and just hit record lol. I don’t love talking very much so it works!! I think I showed my dad the chords to Empathy 4 Bethany literally once and he wrote this cute lil chart and taped it to the Neumann with duck tape and I recorded him 3 times over top of each take and ended up just using that, harmonies and all…super profesh!!