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Shifting genres and taking on tough topics, *aya is up for the challenge

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Jen Ellis

Every week, the State of Sound podcast welcomes an artist from our monthly concert series into the studio to go deep on one of their songs. For more info on the live show, including how to get tickets, visit the event page.

On Feb. 3, 88Nine officially relaunched our State of Sound project as a monthly concert series. This dialed-up experience brought Sleepy Gaucho, dak duBois, Scam Likely and Wave Chapelle into a packed performance space we’re looking to duplicate at our next showcase March 2.

Five days later, we doubled up on the debuts with our podcast companion to State of Sound, featuring highlights from the live show and an artist interview that digs deep into one of their songs. Episodes focused on the four artists from the February concert are coming soon, but in the meantime, we decided to get started by inviting back a few of the talents who helped bring State of Sound to life last year.

In this episode, I talk with *aya — a Milwaukee-based, Palestinian singer-songwriter who isn’t confined by genre. They move from hyperpop to indie and neo-soul with ease as their jazz-leaning voice remains the constant. In their songs, *aya wrestles with love, loss, mental health, self-reflection and growth, drawing deep from a well of old-soulfulness.

To hear our chat about her song, “everything is under control,” as well as *aya’s live studio performance from last November, use the player at the top of the page or your podcast home of choice. And don’t forget to get tickets to our next live show on the State of Sound event page.

88Nine Music Director / On-Air Talent | Radio Milwaukee