VOYA are Linford Hydes and Eddie Al-Shakarchi. Influenced by the meticulous songwriting, opulent production and emotive vocals of early 80s British synthesiser-based pop, their music contrasts dark electronica with stylish new wave.
Linford trained in musical theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; his understanding of the theatrical and his penchant for performance, combined with a classically trained, yet soulful vocal delivery is integral to the band’s masterful live shows. Eddie is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist that shaped the sound of Boy Azooga’s acclaimed ‘1, 2 Kung Fu!’ album, which catapulted the band to international success and sold-out, headline tours. His background in science (culminating in a PhD in audio processing techniques) combines with his musicality as an artist and experience as a producer, and allows him to create the perfect soundscapes for Hyde’s vocals.
Together, they form a uniquely creative duo, blending the beauty, depth and power of Hydes’ lyrics and vocal performances, with musical virtuosity and production ability. VOYA are based in Cardiff, Wales and recently completed recording and producing their eponymously titled debut 12-track album, along with a self-directed music video.
The VOYA live show also features the powerful, operatic vocals of Jessy Allen, and the drum mastery of Private World’s Harry Jowett, alongside the duo. VOYA were hand selected by Walt Disco to support them at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff; their premiere at The Great Escape 2023 was awarded with two showcases; they have debuted at the industry festival FOCUS Wales 2023; headlined the International Queer Film Festival: IRIS Prize; along with a sold out evening at Chapter Arts Centre in 2023.