Superstar in waiting Aziya creates the ultimate guide to rock, from the power of Blondie to finding beauty among the chaos of System of a Down.
When Kanye West famously said, ‘Rap’s the new rock’n’roll’, in an interview with Zane Lowe, everybody laughed at him. Ever since, Ye’s braggadocious musical manifestation has grown in credibility, as hip-hop continues to dominate mainstream charts and award shows worldwide. Yes, the likes of Guns’N’Roses, AC/DC and Foo Fighters remain some of the biggest and best-supported acts, but in mainstream music, few artists have broken through pushing the genre into new realms… until now.
Bringing it back with vengeance, Aziya is taking rock’s tropes and making something more panoptic. The rising star first picked up the guitar aged 10 and began writing shortly afterwards. Honing her craft at school, she eventually cemented herself as an all-rounder, encompassing a range of contemporary sounds alongside her love of crashing drums and rage-worthy riffs.
The artist’s second EP ‘Lonely Castles’, a fantastically alternative display of modern guitar music, is due to drop this month. Standout single ‘atomic’ is both moody and mystical, revelling in a spooky grace akin to The Cure. Having already supported rock trailblazers Nova Twins and bands in the calibre of Florence + The Machine, she’s also become an adept performer. Screeching into mics with popstar prowess, the bonafide rock chick is a serious one to watch as the rest of 2023 goes on.
Ahead of its release, Aziya creates the ultimate guide to rock music and her place within it. Tap in below.