Laydy Jams is a musical group born in the fine city of Vancouver. Coming from different places and backgrounds, nobody would have ever guessed that Vancouver would unite them together as a band. Laydy Jams is currently composed of four ladies. And in case you were wondering almost 90% of the songs they sing are their own. So, if you don’t know about Laydy Jams, we recommend you to find them on social media or visit their website in order to stay in the loop for their next events. After all, one of the greatest joys in modern music is watching the rise of a small time band you know and love and following their progress. Laydy Jams is a family that would like to empower their listeners by the music they sing. I think our music is really just meant to be uplifting and to spark some sort of change or conversation. We have a song called “we so young” and one of the lyrics is “we so young but our voice is strong.” We are four young women of colour, and we hope that our music can empower people to take in the world around them and question what they see – however we also want our music to inspire people to be inspired by the world around them.
Fortunately, we had the opportunity to interview Roya, a singer of laydy jams.
How did Laydy Jams came to be?
Laydy Jams’s origin story is very serendipitous. I had previously worked with Sejal (violin player) at Parks Canada, and Sejal knew Missy and Maneo from before as well. Sejal had been wanting to jam with Missy for a really long time, but it never really happened. One day I was studying in the library when I decided to go get some food, and on my way to the cafeteria I ran into some people in the middle of a jam session (Missy and Maneo were there). I sent a snapchat of it to Sejal and she remarked that she knew them. We jammed for 2 hours and we have the whole thing recorded, and we decided to get together to jam at my house with Sejal. The only people who showed up to my house were the girls who would later become Laydy Jams. At my house, Missy invited us to perform at fortune with her, so we had 10 days to throw a set-list together. After that performance we were wondering if we were a “thing” (kind of like in a budding relationship), and soon we realized we loved performing together.
What would you like to achieve with your music? what is your motivation?
I think our music is really just meant to be uplifting and to spark some sort of change or conversation. We have a song called “we so young” and one of the lyrics is “we so young but our voice is strong.” We are four young women of colour, and we hope that our music can empower people to take in the world around them and question what they see – however we also want our music to inspire people to be inspired by the world around them.
How do you see laydy jams in the future?
Laydy Jams started out very organically so our journey is also organic. We create short-term goals for ourselves (for example we are planning a music video right now and a series of live video recordings) but we don’t try to push Laydy Jams in any direction. It kind of has a life of its own. We are all from different corners of the globe and are all experiencing change and transition in our lives, so no matter where each individual member ends up, Laydy Jams will never end – not only in terms of the music, but we’re family now.
Do you sing your own songs? Where does inspiration came from?
I’d say 90% of the songs we sing are our own. Sometimes we throw in a verse or two from a different song, or steal a chorus from one, but generally speaking we write our own music. Usually one of the laydies comes to the group with a skeleton and we take it and play with it until we’ve created something. We currently have some gentlemen who accompany us with instruments for our bigger shows, so we’re trying to write music with them, but we haven’t yet been able to come up with something.
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