Ayla on mission for Coast music scene after Triple J success
DESPITE blowing up on Triple J, 19-year-old musician Ayla hasn't lost sense of her roots as she returns to her parents' Cooroy farm with a mission.
Ayla has enjoyed continuous Triple J circulation after her single Wish You Were Here was the national broadcaster's 15th most played song of 2014, followed by the major success of this year's tune Waiting.
Since returning from Brisbane, Ayla has dedicated her time to promoting the Coast's music scene while working on a new EP and heading a string of gigs.
Last night she appeared at the Old Ambulance Station in Nambour for SCAIP, a not-for-profit organisation that nurtures emerging creatives.
Ayla said the future of Nambour looks bright after it was nominated as the potential centre of a state-first music pilot that will essentially ease noise restrictions for musicians in the CBD.
"I think Nambour has a really good vibe with Nook and Cranny doing live music, and Trackfest," she said.
"It's been really good for culture. We need more things like that.
"I just like supporting anything about the Sunshine Coast music scene."
And she has been.
Ayla is working with local radio stations to promote local artists while she has also set up a Facebook page, Sunshine Coast Musicians, for native artists to share gig contacts.
She said it was important if the Coast was to retain local artists from the lure of big city music scenes.
"I really like to get involved and help people out where I can," she said.
"I was surprised, there are more musicians on the Coast than you realise.
"We're already up to 2500 members."
Ayla is about to drop a new single and has promised new collaborations with an undisclosed Sydney producer in the dawn of an upcoming east coast tour announcement.
But she said she'd love to put out her first album.
"I'd like to start working on it late this year and early next year."
She said the Coast was in a good place after the huge success of the first Maroochy Music Festival, and rise of young festivals such as The Big Pineapple, Jungle Love and Peregian Originals.