It's all happening.

Shay Lia recently shared the Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD-produced track 'Blue', which we fell in love with on first listen. But rather than opting for just a simple news piece - which we did, before you ask - we decided it would be great to subject her to this complex Q&A. We discovered -- among other things -- that she would like Romy Schneider to play her in a movie about her life.

Read on to find out more.


How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

I would say that I'm fierce yet sensitive, not easily influenced, a bit perfectionist and quite playful.

When was the last time you tried something new?

My sister is part of a student club here in Montreal which organizes social talks in support of all the oppressed people in our society: women, the black community, Muslims, LGBTQ etc. Last month, I went out on the streets with her and gave out flyers to help them raise awareness. As far as I can remember, it's the first time I actually promoted something in public and it felt quite rewarding.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

It would be Romy Schneider, or at least her east African alter ego... I love her! Truth be told, I watch a lot of old movies but always forget their names somehow... But I think the film would be called "Danielle". It's my third name and, I don't know, I feel it just suits well with Romy as the main actress.

What is the worst thing your parents caught you doing as a kid?

I know my parents are going to read this so I'm not sure I want to snitch on myself. No, but seriously I was a pretty good kid. One thing that might have stuck with me is during Christmas, we were playing hide and seek with my siblings and I ended up hiding where my parents hid all the gifts. This was when I realized Santa was a lie. I'll always remember the look we gave each other, the long moment of silence.

What inspires you?

I'm mostly inspired by the Arts in all shapes and forms whether new or old, my emotions and also current events. My emotions help me write new tunes, I usually try to channel those when I'm in a session. Current events give me a wider perspective on the world we live in and it also makes me think about the subjects I want to sing about.

What did you dream about last night?

I think I dreamt about babies again. Not that I want to have one or anything, I'm just really into little human beings these days. Whenever I see one, I have to hold them.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

Right now, I'm mostly focused on my music and working hard on my first project.


You can find Shay Lia over at SoundCloud. For more information on our Introducing series, head here.