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About me

 

Smart and chic, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter OLYA is cranking out a sound that is as intimate as her hometown peers in Lucius, and as bold and brash as electro pop darlings Chvrches.  Performing in both English and her native Russian, she "makes her mark on the synth-pop world with one of the most unique takes on the genre yet" (Jonathan Frahm).

In the latter half of 2013, under the flagship of the new electro synth-pop sound, OLYA started her collaboration with a Grammy winning mixer and producer Nic Hard known for his work with Snarky Puppy.  Her first single "Crash and Burn" mixed by Nic came out in November 2013. The single was followed by a 7-song EP "Utopia", which OLYA fully recorded and produced in her studio and once again mixed with Nic Hard.  "Utopia" was released in June 2015 at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. 

In 2016, OLYA was accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music where she now continues her studies in electronic production and sound design.  While working on new electronic releases, she had an opportunity to sing in a 10-piece a cappella group, the "Boston Aires", during the "Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee" show at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC).  In 2017, she put together a collaborative multidisciplinary performance "Connection" involving Boston Conservatory choreographer Diane Arvanites and her 7 students, painting performer Fotini Christophillis and Alejandro Gonzalez on audio-reactive video.

 

Shows & Events

Sep 22, 2017
FRI
7:00pm Berk Recital Hall 1140 Boylston St Boston, MA
Aug 04, 2017
FRI
10:30pm Interdisciplinary Performance "Birth" @ LilyPad 1353 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA
June 22, 2017
THU
5:00pm Light Traces: Alternative Photography Exhibition @ The Plumbing Museum 80 Rosedale Rd Watertown, MA
MAY 28, 2017
SUN
9:00pm Tesla Bar @ BIOS Peireos 84 Athens, Greece
MAY 19&23, 2017
FRI&TUE
3:00PM Educational Bridge Project - Sound Design Workshop Gnesin Music Academy & Moscow Institute of Culture Moscow, Russia
May 6, 2017
SAT
7:00pm Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (BIAI)/ Boston Conservatory - "CONNECTION" Zero Gravity Room (1260 Boylston) Boston, MA
May 2, 2017
TUE
8:00pm BPC - Qantara Berklee Ensemble 136 Mass Ave Boston, MA
Apr 13, 2017
THU
8:00pm BPC - Rhythms and Frequencies: The CWP Department Concert 136 Mass Ave Boston, MA
NOV 10, 2016
THU
8:00pm BPC - Pablo Ziegle Meets Berklee 136 Mass Ave Boston, MA
Dec 5, 2015
SAT
7:00pm Rock Without Borders VI @ Downhouse 250 Avenue X Brooklyn, NY
NOV 21, 2015
SAT
10:00pm Pianos (showroom) 158 Ludlow Street New York, NY
NOV 1, 2015
SUN
10:00am-2pm TCS NYC Marathon Bedford Ave & N12 St (official stage) Brooklyn, NY
OCT 17, 2015
SAT
9:00pm CMJ 2015 Showcase @ Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
JUN 13, 2015
SAT
9:00pm Northside @ Bar Matchless / Album Release 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
APR 17, 2015
FRI
8:00pm Pianos (showroom) 158 Ludlow Street New York, NY
MAR26, 2015
THU
9:00pm Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
NOV 2, 2014
SUN
10:00am TCS NYC Marathon McGuinness & Eagle St (@ Pulaski Bridge) Brooklyn, NY
OCT 23, 2014
THU
9:00pm CMJ 2014 Showcase @ Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave) Brooklyn, NY
SEP 18, 2014
THU
9:00pm The Bitter End 147 Bleeker St New York, NY
SEP 14, 2014
SUN
7:30pm Russian RockFest IV @ Downhouse 250 Avenue X Brooklyn, NY
AUG 28, 2014
THU
9:00pm Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY
JUL 27, 2014
SUN
6:15pm World Music Festival of Women Parc des Faubourgs Montreal, Quebec
JUL 11, 2014
FRI
9:00pm Pianos 158 Ludlow Street New York, NY
JUN 28, 2014
SAT
10:00pm Nublu 12th Anniversary @ NuBlu 62 Avenue C (b/w 4th & 5th st) New York, NY
APR 17, 2014
THU
9:00pm Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY
APR 12, 2014
SAT
7:00pm Gagarin Rock @ DROM 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th st) New York, NY
MAR15, 2014
SAT
10:00pm NuBlu 62 Avenue C (b/w 4th & 5th st) New York, NY
JAN 9, 2014
THU
10:00pm DROM 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th st) New York, NY
MAY 12, 2013
SUN
6:30pm Russian RockFest II @ Webster Hall (The Studio) 125 E11th Street New York, NY
JAN 27, 2013
SUN
9:00pm Russian RockFest I @ Webster Hall (The Studio) 125 E11th Street New York, NY
OCT 17, 2012
SUN
7:00pm CMJ Showcase @ The Bitter End 147 Bleeker St New York, NY
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Music

"Utopia", EP, 2015

"Lift Me Up", Single, 2015

"Misli (Мысли)", Single, 2015

"Crash and Burn", Single, 2013

"Carefully", EP, 2010

Press

May 12, 2017 - OLYA - New Connections: Student Performance Piece Reaches Across Artistic Disciplines

"Olya picks up a microphone and—in her solo vocal performance—offers writhing vocal runs that correspond with the movements of the dancers, who conjure the idea of connection with interlocked fingers. The piece, "Connections" was the brainchild of Olya and served as a prime example of the type of cross-discipline collaboration envisioned by the merger between Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music."

Review of live performance "Connection" by Mike Keefe-Feldman (Berklee College of Music)


May 27, 2015 - OLYA - "Utopia" - EP Review

"Beautifully played and produced…Olya has been getting it right all throughout Utopia, but she truly rises to the top of her own achievements on this final song. “Ne Zrya / Не Зря” is another innovative melody that allows the mind to step right into Olya’s world and really experience the music as she’s envisioned it to be. With full creative-control of her sound, Olya has followed her incredible instincts right to the nth degree on this EP, and with an absolute blast of melodic, emotional-fireworks in her final song have certainly made her an artist I’ll remember completely."

Review of album "Utopia" by Sleeping Bag Studios


May 24, 2015 - Review of Album "Utopia" by Beach Sloth

"Infectious hooks and melodic sensibilities. Reassurance drenched in sunlight. Olya’s “Utopia” paints a picture of a perfect kind of pop: one where happiness resides and thrives."

Review of album "Utopia" by Beach Sloth


Oct 14, 2014 - STOLI THINKS OLYA & HER MUSIC ARE RUSSIA’S FINEST EXPORT

Interview with SKOPE Magazine talking about Halloween, CMJ, growing up in Russia and more...


Aug 28, 2014 - OLYA live performance review @ Bar Matchless

Review of the live performance at Bar Matchless by Glamglare


Apr 5, 2014 - JNoodles review of "Crash and Burn" single

"OLYA was bound to make her own imprint on anything she would've been tackling following the release of 'Carefully' back in 2010. 2013's "Crash and Burn" is exemplar of that, acting as a great showcase of her ability to write and perform infectious hooks and infallible harmonies with an intrinsically sultry, exceptionally gorgeous tone to boot."

JNoodles review of "Crash and Burn" (by Jonathan Frahm)


Jan 26, 2014 - Interview with AZ1 Promo

Interview with Olya by DJ Flash Jordan from AZ1 Promo


Jan 5, 2013 - "Hush, Baby" memory and cancer awareness song

Article about "Hush, Baby" on Cancer Research Institute (CRI) website


May 6, 2012 - Album review from TriState Indie

"Carefully" CD review by TriState Indie after OLYA's show at the LAUNCH music festival


Dec 14, 2011 - CD Review from Music Emissions

Review of album "Carefully" by Music Emissions 


Nov, 6, 2011 - CD Review is up @ SKOPE Magazine

Review of OLYA's album "Carefully" by SKOPE Magazine

Twitter

 
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videos

November 2016 - Boston Aires 10 - Pablo Ziegler Meets Berklee Show - Berklee Performance Center

November 2016 - Boston Aires 10 @  Berklee College of Music

October 2014 - OLYA live @ Bar Matchless (CMJ Show)

2012 - "Tsaritsa" music video

CONTACT

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For booking and press inquiries, please contact Olya at 617.834.8322 or olya@olyamusic.net

 

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