Who Is CYA? You wonder. Maybe without knowing, you already feel it. Maybe our shapes, faces, hands may sound familiar to you. Maybe a cadence still echoes inside your head, long gone days for us. Maybe there was a time when a melody described us, but now none of this matters at all since We Are Not Our Past. We Are Only Made of Music: goosebumps, emotions, a back to the beat. It does not matter who you were, only what you will become. We Learn from our “Mistakes” — our debut track.
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SunCity Paradise: Talk first about where you’re from. What really stands out and makes the country special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the land?
CYA: We’re from Barcelona, Spain. I would combine the old city in the center, with just a bit of a taste of any of the Gaudi buildings, as well as getting lost for a couple of days somewhere in the Costa Brava — our Pearl in Catalonia.
SCP: What was your first, real exposure to music? How did you get inspired to create your own and eventually pursue it as a career?
CYA: We’ve been in the industry for some years with another alias, but the progressive vibe was the one which inspired us at first. One year ago we thought that was time to try something new, and that’s how CYA became real.
SCP: To create music, and the travel around the world to promote it, must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the traveling help inspirationally?
CYA: Touring is always amazing for every artist. It helps you show your released and upcoming music to the people. For us, it’s all about playing our music and getting a good crowd feedback. That’s the best feeling!
SCP: Talk about your mindset and excitement behind the release of “Mistakes,” your first single. How has it been received since it dropped?
CYA: “Mistakes” is our first single, and the result of learning from the past few years in the music industry. You can always look for a proper sound or inspiration, but in the end it’s the result of a mixture of things that makes you find the melody. Being a duo helps us to get the best out of it, as neither of us are satisfied until we achieve what we’re looking for. Before Pete Tong premiered the song on BBC, we didn’t promote our socials so much, and we knew that Pete played it because some fans started to find our socials and mailed us. The reactions were amazing. We’re so happy to see how Steve Angello, and other big names in the industry, playing our songs in front of thousands of people!
SCP: Describe the relationship working as a duo? Any difficulties aligning creatively?
CYA: It’s easy for us. We’ve been good friends for a long time, and that’s the better part of working together in the studio and playing our gigs.
SCP: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
CYA: We usually prefer to relax in our free days and vacations. Every day of our lives it’s an adventure, so staying at the beach with a drink on a sunny day is the best option for us!
SCP: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding dance music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world?
CYA: For us, traveling as musicians gives us the chance to see parts of the world that we would probably never see. Also, it’s an opportunity to share and expand our sound philosophy to different cultures and countries. It of course gives us more ideas to create new sounds too.
CYA: Our first show was three months ago and we played at three major festivals in Spain and Amnesia in Ibiza. We also played Tomorrowland — special for every artist. It’s always amazing to see how people dance to your music and come along because you’re playing!
SCP: When you’re relaxing on a beach or just have some downtime are you listening to dance music? Or do you like to switch up the tunes? If so, to what?
CYA: We listen to all kinds of music in our free time, and also to get inspiration. The only rule is that it needs to be good music. We don’t care about the genre.
SCP: Lastly, what do you have in store over the next couple of months musically? Any vacations on the horizon?
CYA: We have three signed tracks, but there isn’t a release date yet. Also, we’re doing two different collaborations with two big names, some CYA solo projects and we have a couple of songs finished. We’re looking to choose the right label for them. We can’t stop and we won’t stop!