In a world which thrives on labels and conforming to a set of picture-perfect standards, Layke (and her signature icy lavender hair) has created a limitless space through her ground-breaking music that defies societal norms. And now the dream pop songstress has completely catapulted into the ever-evolving pop realm, she’s ready to speak openly to help others find their voice and for the universe to take note. On 28th August she released the second single ‘Tonight Can’t Be The Last Time’ from her forthcoming EP ‘Frequency’.
A conservative upbringing with Catholic roots in Dallas, Texas, led Layke to frequently feel like an outsider. A child of immigrants (her father from Italy and her mother from South Africa), Layke sought solace in self-expression through dance, musical theatre, and writing — keeping endless journals full of poetry and song lyrics, the latter which served her well while singing backup for a punk-rock band in high school. Inspired by the unapologetic stage presence and talent of iconic rockers like Freddie Mercury and Shirley Manson, Layke set out for Los Angeles to pursue a career in singing and song-writing, fierce determination and unwavering tenacity in tow.
It wasn’t until a chance meeting in 2016 with singer-songwriter and producer Adrian Gurvitz (Andra Day, The Bodyguard soundtrack, Stevie Wonder) that Layke took a leap outside of her comfort zone. Over the next two years, she worked tirelessly under Adrian’s wing to delve into the breathy vocals and supersonic synthesizers of dream pop, resulting in the releases of two EPs: ‘Layke, Pt. 1’ and ‘Layke, Pt. 2’, both eclectic, yet ethereal compilations of songs that run the gamut from feel-good tracks to raw, exposed emotion. Now, fresh off a collaboration with legendary rapper Snoop Dogg for an unparalleled version of Marshmello and Bastille’s ‘Happier,’ Layke is ready to reach her full potential as an artist by embarking on the next chapter of her fantastical journey.
With a sound that can best be described as ‘left of centre’ pop with an extra hint of edge, ‘Tonight Can’t Be The Last Time’ follows the single‘Bad Things’, – a result of working with Adrian and cowriters Sarah McTaggart (Transviolet) and Brandon Colbein (Hayley Kiyoko, Jojo), culminating in a musical evolution of dance-party beats with edgy, electronic undertones and introspective, next-level lyrics that spotlight the enigmatic LGBTQIA+ community, as well as her own bi/pansexuality.
‘Tonight Can’t Be the Last Time’ is a song about those moments where you meet somebody and you have an incredible all-consuming connection and you just don’t want it to end.Layke adds “ ….But you’re not sure how they feel about you and you just don’t want it to be the last time that you are together even if it’s the first time or the hundredth time you’re just drawn to that person and you want to be all about their world. So you know that it can’t be the last time. And you just want them to come closer and to feel everything about them and who they are.”