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Darlington solo artist Viia has been making waves this past couple of years, with her distinctive and edgy power-pop sound gaining support from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and various national publications. 

Her debut EP Am I Ready Yet? comes out today. Dealing with themes of heartbreak, rejection and validation, it features the hits that have lit up the airwaves such as the anthemic stomper Falling, the Bond-esque ballad Exit Wound and the galloping groove of Kill Me How I Like It. There’s a couple of new additions in the form of soulful ditty Filters, which offers a critique on social media, and the dark and menacing Ignore My Kisses At The End (the fourth single off the EP). It’s a cracking collection of finely crafted tunes that cements Viia’s place as one of the region’s outstanding musical talents. 

Here, Viia tells us about the top five songs that have soundtracked her life…

1. Rockstar – Nickelback
Despite the controversial opinions around Nickelback, they are undeniably iconic. I remember when we first moved into my childhood home and this song was playing on 4Music on the TV. I was so captivated by the music video and ever since it’s been one of those songs that I randomly rediscover every couple months and remember just how much I love it. Everyone who says they hate Nickelback is lying! 

2. Losing My Religion – REM
Growing up, Losing My Religion has always been mine and my dad’s song. It’s bittersweet as it’s such a nostalgic and beautiful song, but it’s also very emotional. It’s one of my favourite songs ever. When I lived at home, at the weekend, my dad would be having a bottle of red wine and I’d eventually be in charge of the music. EVERY time, I knew that playing Losing My Religion would keep him up longer!  It was so lovely and emotional to always see him so in love with music! My parents are definitely who I got my love for music from. 

3. Serafina – BAMBARA 
Serafina is THE song for me. I remember when I first heard it and instantly had it on loop for the next few months. I could never get sick of it, it’s the most perfect song for me. The lyrics are so poetic, beautiful and storytelling and his voice is so stunning. It was definitely my coming-of-age song and it fits every mood. In a weird way, it makes me feel like I’m floating.

4. Dance Me To The End Of Love – Madeleine Peyroux
This song is the song I tell everyone I want to be played at my wedding and/or funeral. It’s the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard – it sounds so loving. The lyrics are stunning and so poetic, they really talk about love in such a positive way, and I love that! I grew up with jazz music; my mum always had jazz playing – when she was pregnant with me too. My mum definitely fuelled my love for jazz and I really thank her for introducing me to it.

5. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star 
Fade Into You is another bittersweet song for me. It’s insanely emotional, yet so beautiful. My favourite lyric is the opening “I want to hold the hand inside you”. It feels so warming and relatable. I discovered this song when I was very young and it’s one of those that I always go back to and remind myself of just how amazing it is. Her voice is so effortlessly gorgeous and that really comes through in this song. 

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