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KOLAJ – First Time With You

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KOLAJ (pronounced collage) share sky-lifting new track, ‘First Time With You’.

KOLAJ is a duo headed up by Tessa Houston, who cites a lot of influences from her upbringing. Born in Nagoya, Japan, she was adopted as an infant from Okinawa, Japan to an American military family and grew up all over the U.S. – “I don’t know my full ethnicity, but I do know that I’m Filipino and Polynesian and Japanese and Indian, so that’s a collage right there.”

Listen below.

Sounds like: July Child, Monogem, RAC, Goldroom

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KOLAJ – Hitchhike

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L.A. electronic duo, KOLAJ (aka Teesa Houston and Mighty Mike McGarity) share their brilliant new single, ‘Hitchhike’.

Amalgamating elements of rock, pop and dance, the uplifting track features sky rocketing vocals, retro riffs and tropical drums.

‘Hitchhike’ is out now via Darkroom/Interscope Records.

Sounds like: Monogem, RAC, Goldroom

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KOLAJ x Erin Nam – Into You

KOLAJ x Erin Nam - Into You

KOLAJ x Erin Nam – Into You

Los Angeles-based project, KOLAJ, are back with the highly energetic ‘Into You’, having teamed up with Korean pop artist, Eric Nam.

On the creation of “Into You”, KOLAJ comments,

“We first got inspired by the tone of Eric’s voice, it’s breathy but cool in the verse so we wanted to playfully complement each other in a way that felt like we were incomplete without each other. Eric was a big fan of our sound and “The Touch” so we wanted to stay true to the summery water vibe… Mike came up with an idea that Eric liked, and we thought “Diving Into You” would be a perfect concept for this. We only got together for one day and basically turned out the entire song.

We were big believers in the song even if it was outside of all of our comfort zones we still wanted to share with the world. K­Pop and Tropical could sound sweet together…perhaps we invented “K­Trop””.

Eric adds, “I’m incredibly excited to be collaborating with artists that I personally enjoy listening to. KOLAJ are super chill, extremely talented and were a pleasure to make music with.”

Sounds like: Monogem, RAC, Goldroom

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KOLAJ – The Touch

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KOLAJ

KOLAJ (pronounced “collage”) is a Los Angeles-based project between singer/songwriter Teesa Houston and producer/composer Mike McGarity.

The duo (or a four-piece when performing live) have a knack of piecing together lush and sprawling dance-music productions, rooted in real instrumentation of guitar riffs and unusual chord progressions.

For Houston, the kaleidoscope of styles and sensibilities at the heart of KOLAJ’s sound has much to do with her own upbringing.

Born in Nagoya, Japan, she was adopted as an infant from Okinawa, Japan to an American military family and grew up all over the U.S. “I don’t know my full ethnicity, but I do know that I’m Filipino and Polynesian and Japanese and Indian, so that’s a collage right there,” she notes. Receiving her green card in Guam, Houston spent her formative years bouncing from Hawaii to Maryland to Ohio to South Dakota. “My childhood was a whole lot of moving around and usually ending up in places where I was the only Asian,” says Houston. “Because of all that, I had to learn to let go and make the most of the constant changes and really embrace all these new cultures.”

“As someone who’s Asian-American, as well as a female producer and musician, I like the idea of adding a new perspective that hasn’t been heard so much in the mainstream,” she says. “At the same time I really just love taking what’s familiar to people and twisting it a bit so that it becomes something else altogether. I want every song to be a whole other world that people can completely immerse themselves in.”

Sounds like: Monogem, RAC, Goldroom

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