FYIG Chats With Pao Pestana and Dom Martin of Intaya

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

Both of us are London based musicians/producers. Paola came to London from Venezuela 7 years ago with the aim of making music and Dom’s been living here since Uni.    

How did you both get into music?

Paola: I didn’t get into music, the music got me. I’ve always been musical since I remember but the turning point was when I heard the Simon Bolivar Big Band Jazz in Caracas and it blew my mind. 

Dom: Music’s always been around but Big band jazz got me going too along with music discoveries like Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles and a little later Cuban and Brazilian music.

How did you two meet and decide to form Intaya?

Paola ended up moving into my flatshare in Hoxton. We immediately connected over musical tastes and clicked musically, having late-night jams and eventually taking it to the studio.

Where did you come up with the name Intaya?

It’s 2 words put together. Taya is a word in the language Wayuunaiki that is spoken by the Wayuu People in Paola’s City, which means me. Together the words In + Taya equals In-me.  

How would you describe your musical style?

Electronic ethereal groove music with a Latin soul. 

What can you tell us about your debut single, Guaguanc√≥?

That it will make you dance.

What can audiences expect from your debut EP, “Not Your Typical Tropical Dream” when it drops later this year?

Expect that every song has its own personality and essence. They are all different from each other but there is a fine thread that connects them all.

What’s next for your career?

The next single will be coming out in the next month or so and it’s got a really fun music video to go with it which we’re excited to get out there.

Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the audience experience like when they see you live?

We’ll be putting on a live show in September to celebrate the single’s release. Keep an eye on socials for updates on date and location. We have a very positive exchange with the audience and for us, the most important thing is to give it all when performing and connect with the crowd.  

What advice would you give to aspiring singers/songwriters?

Work every day on building your craft and trust your taste. 

What are your lives like outside of music?

There isn’t one.

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