Originally from Eferdeing, a small town in Upper Austria, Leyya are best known as an experimental and trip hop act. The duo was founded in 2013 and the band now operates from the country's capital, Vienna. The name Leyya is said to be derived from a phrase that means nothing more than 'marketing strategy'.
The pair's breakthrough year was in 2016, when the band was nominated for the Amadeus Austrian Music Award under the sought-after category of Alternative Pop and Rock. In addition, they were nominated for the FM4 Award, a prize that is also presented as part of the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards ceremony. These twin nominations brought Leyya to the attention of a much wider audience, both inside and outside of Austria. However, the duo failed to win either of the top prizes that year. In 2017, Leyya were more successful and picked up the FM4 prize, which represents the youth channel of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation.
Leyya's early career
Marco Kleebauer formed Leyya after pairing up with Sophie Lindinger, an electronic musician, vocalist and saxophonist. Kleebauer had previously operated as a solo artist under the stage name of Karma Art, producing entirely electronic music. He had also been a member of another experimental music group named Ant Antic.
Under the moniker Leyya, the pair – who had known one another for many years – moved to Vienna in 2012 in order to further their musical careers. They began gigging locally in smaller venues and set about recording some of their ideas. The group's upbeat style coupled with a love for a melancholic lyric or two brought them to the attention of several labels. The band ultimately chose to sign to Las Vegas Records.
Leyya's recording work
In November 2014, the band's debut EP was released. Named Drowning in Youth, the work featured the tracks “Wolves” and “I'm Not There”, as well as the title song. Various remixes of “Wolves” soon followed. However, fans of the duo would have to wait until the following year for a full studio album to appear.
Spanish Disco was released in 2015 and had ten new tracks, plus the three that had appeared on the Drowning in Youth EP. It was full of chill-out beats and laid-back vocals, as well as the band's trademark melancholia. The pair embarked on a tour of Austria, Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic to promote the LP.
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