Something must have been in the water millennials drink as they seem to be more and more out there and successful, although they are barely old enough to drive. Age doesn’t seem to matter and surely is not an obstacle if you look at Rayla. She’s young and hellishly talented and eager to succeed and make her dreams come true. Jute Magazine had a few questions and Rayla gave all the answers. Read her interview where she talked about her music, personal happiness, and Instagram.

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Hey Rayla, great to meet you! Beautiful Instagram page! How did you get into music?

Aw thanks! I’ve always loved music. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house that was surrounded by music. No one in my family has any musical talent (sorry guys), but my Dad was constantly playing good music. I just always had a love for it and naturally fell into song writing and performing on my dishwasher door. Lol.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in New Jersey! I’ve been in Jersey my whole life and am still lucky enough to be home with my friends and family.

I really like your track, ‘Boys like You’ and it’s received a really great response. What else are you working?

Thank you so much. “Boys Like You” is definitely my most vulnerable record so far. I’m always in the studio just constantly creating. I do have an EP in the works and a new single “LNT” coming out this week. So, stay tuned for that 🙂

What’s in store for 2018?

So much has been going on in 2018. It’s so crazy to see the transformation of who I was at the beginning and who I am now. I do have new music and will hopefully be performing more. I’m just going with the flow right now and working as much as I can. It’s been a ride and every part of it has been extremely worth it.

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You have a really cool and unique style; how do you use fashion to express yourself as an artist/songwriter?

I love clothes. That’s all I gotta say. LOL. I find inspiration everywhere. Whether it’s on the streets of LA or New York, Instagram, or even piecing together my own stuff that I find in my closet. I do have to give a shout-out to my mom though; she’s a huge help when it comes to last minute outfits! I like to think of my style a little more on the edgy side. Fashion is art, just like music. It’s pretty cool.

What artists do you look up to?

Right now, I’m into Camila Cabella. I think she’s dope. She’s super independent and doing her own thing and I really admire that. Ed Sheehan’s another one. His writing is authentic and sound is so clean and original. I’d also think it would be sick to do a song with Halsey. Her sounds are really cool.

How long have you been writing songs for? What’s your greatest inspiration?

I wrote my first song when I was five years old. I can’t say it was my best work and I’ve definitely evolved since then, but I’ve always loved writing down whatever was on my mind. (I had a huge imagination at five, so you can imagine what that song must’ve been about.) Even though I’m still young, I feel like I’ve had a lot of life experience and I take inspiration from anything and everything. My songs are like my personal diary and the world gets to see that. It’s scary, but amazing at the same time.

What advice do you have to young people wanting to get started in the music industry?

I get asked this a lot and usually I like to think of what I would want to hear when I was younger and doing this. I think the most important part of wanting to be in the music industry is to always stay true to yourself. People will try to pull you in so many directions, but you just have to stick with your gut and do what you feel is best. At the end of the day it’s your career; no one should get to take that away from you.

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When are you happiest?

Honestly, I’m happiest writing songs and when things inspire me. Even when I’m writing the saddest song it brings me happiness that I get to share it and help people know they’re not alone. And the best part is performing it. Seeing the reaction of the crowd is surreal. I’m also happy at home with my friends, family, and dog Rudy.

You must be pretty busy at the minute. What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?

I don’t mind! On my days off I’m probably the most normal teenager. I always hang with friends and am chillin’ in sweats. I’m lucky because I have been able to have a great balance.

Do you worry about the pressures of fame in the music industry?

It’s always a thing on my mind for sure. Being in this business you definitely hear a lot of horror stories. But I am really lucky to have a great team and support system around me.

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What helps you to remain focused on your dream?

I think one of the main focuses is just the goal. I’ve set a lot of goals for myself and accomplishing them only makes me want to go harder. The people around me who believe in me also inspire me to keep an open mind and focus on what truly matters.

Instagram is a great way of marketing yourself. How do you feel about Instagram and other social media platforms? How has it helped you?

Today social media is really important. In a way we’re lucky to have it, but I don’t like relying on it. I used to be so bad at Instagram, but I’m starting to get the hang of it! My favourite part is actually having a place to communicate with the people that support me and getting to share my music, experiences and thoughts in a really positive way.

What’s been your greatest piece of advice and who gave it to you?  

One of my manager’s Kas told me to always be honest with myself, my music, and don’t forget it’s okay to be funny and silly. Not everything has to be so serious.

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photographer: Kevin Alexander

stylist: Sebastian Durant

hair: Christophe Lambenne

makeup: Sandy Nicha

story: Jessica Watt

assistant: David Gannon

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