Viia is set to release her incredible debut EP ‘Am I Ready Yet?’ on 25th February via Platoon It’s a five-song punch to the heart; a stirring, dark, emotional rollercoaster that highlights all that is wonderful and unique about this emerging new talent.
‘Am I Ready Yet?’ features previous singles ‘Falling’ and ‘Exit Wound’, songs that have seen her heavily-tipped for greatness by Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, The Observer, 1883 and more. ‘Falling’ was the first track; fuelled by her primal, electrifying vocal, it was the perfect introduction to this Darlington-born artist. ‘Exit Wound’ demonstrated a more intimate but no less powerful side.
On the EP Viia says -
“'Am I Ready Yet?' is about heartbreak, rejection and going a bit off the rails in my teens while searching for validation. It’s my response to being told over and over that I was “too young” or that I “wasn’t ready” to release music.“
On her 4th single, and the epic closing track of the EP, Viia says -
“'Ignore My Kisses At The End’ is about loving the chase, but never feeling satisfied. Deliberately going for someone who seemed emotionally unavailable, then breaking their heart just for the validation.”
Viia was discovered at the age of 12 and has been plotting how to disrupt the industry ever since. From an early age, Viia devoured poetry and this gave her ways of viewing and writing about her lived experiences, which she does with unnerving precision; her lyrics at times devastating and assertive. The likes of The Arctic Monkeys and Florence & the Machine inspired her to craft songs that were unafraid and unapologetic; heart-on-sleeve moments that strike at the heart of what it is like growing up. She also tackles social issues and technology with ‘Filters’, examining the effects of social media on a generation. Viia approaches everything with a confidence in her convictions, and a fearlessness that is compelling in someone still only just eighteen years old.
Am I Ready Yet? tracklisting:
Kill Me How I Like It
Ignore My Kisses At The End
Viia recently played the Notting Hill Arts Club and just before Christmas joined the Northern Takeover BBC Introducing night at The Lexington. She is set to become one of the most exciting live artists around.