Welcome back to Double Cross, our regular feature on bands in the UK heavy music scene with female members. In this edition we speak to Anežka Piška from Nya.
Hello! My name is Anežka Piška and I am the lead singer of Nya. I sing, write and perform my ass off with the lads!
What introduced you to heavy music and what continues to attract you to it?
My older brothers both introduced me to heavy music and it’s the best thing they ever did. I do enjoy a variety of music – depending on mood – but what attracts me to heavy music in particular is the passion within it; the fast pace, the phat sound of the drums and bass bellowing from the depths of your speakers, and don’t forget the dirty feel of guitar riffs that make you want to go crazy!… Does that not sound good to you?! I don’t think you would get the same feeling listening to Justin Bieber.
Have you felt comfortable being a woman in a heavy band in a music scene that is predominantly populated by men?
Totally, I think a lot of women in the rock/metal genre would agree that 9 times out of 10 men are the easier of the sex’s to get along with! I am fortunate that my female friends and fans have a very male attitude towards life – a common theme within this genre and its subsidiaries! Perhaps this is why I am so comfortable in general about being, not just a woman, but myself, in this style of music.
What’s your proudest musical achievement in Nya?
Headlining the Doghouse Stage at Download Festival in 2010 wins hands down on this one! The crowd were amazing and the tent was packed! The buzz carried on for weeks… couldn’t shut me up! We do have a small snippet of footage of this on our blog no. 3, it doesn’t capture the intensity of it all but you get a rough idea!
What’s next in the pipeline for Nya? More shows? New record?
We have some pretty exciting things coming up, including heading over to Slovenia for MetalDays and a few days surrounding. We are excited to start writing for our first full length album – No dates confirmed but check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and news of what’s going on at Nya Central! Its going to be a blast so keep on watching!
Any suggestions for other female rock/metal fans who are looking to get involved with heavy music?
‘Just do it’ springs to mind. If you want to be in a band, be in a band! If you want to be a promoter then get on and do it! The only person who is stopping you is you. As long as you have passion then you’ll be fine. It doesn’t matter what other people think, it doesn’t matter what people say. Be professional, be kind, be strong and most importantly be yourself- everyone else is taken!
In this industry you meet so many fantastic individuals and learn so much, there is room for all!
“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.”
Are there any other rock/metal bands with female members you can suggest our readers?
I love hearing of new female fronted bands so message/tweet me what your listening to at the moment!
Vocalist Leigh in Training Icarus – The power of Leigh’s voice is incredible, her vocal technique is one of the best I’ve seen on the live circuit. Orestea, with Lisa as the front woman, again stunning voice! We have gigged alongside both of these bands and they deliver each time.
Now… we have recently shared a stage with Enemo J. A serious must see band, these guys and gal know how to please a crowd and are well worth a listen! For aspiring female guitarists Danielle is one to watch!
Some female fronted bands/artists on my playlist: Skunk Anansie, Arch Enemy, Guano Apes, Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, Fergie, Ellie Goulding, Anneke van Giersbergen, Imogen Heap, Bjork and Lamb to name a few of my faves!!
You can order Nya’s Driving the Nails In EP by clicking here.