Award Winning Vocalist | Topline Writer
“A versatile siren who can switch from vulnerable to tough faster than you can rewind the drop. Believe the hype.” – Data Transmission
With over fifteen years of industry experience, two D&B Arena ‘Best Vocalist’ awards, a solo album and over eleven million plays on Spotify alone, Riya – real name Laura Hill – is noted as ‘one of the most iconic female vocalists in the [D&B] genre’ (UKF).
Riya’s collaborators range from Skream, Roska, Dâm-Funk, Hybrid Minds, Break and Enei, to LSB, S.P.Y, Lenzman, dBridge, BCee, and DRS. Her discography spans across a vast spectrum of imprints including Toolroom Records, Metalheadz, Shogun Audio, Digital Soundboy, Innerground, Critical, and Spearhead Records – the label on which she released her critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Sublimation’ in 2015.
Two years later, Riya released her followup solo EP ‘Hurt Heals’ on CIA Records, continuing her longstanding collaboration with Drum & Bass pioneers Total Science.
Riya has been featured by Mixmag, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & 6Music, Beats 1, UKF, Data Transmission, Resident Advisor, DJMag & D&BArena – featuring in their seminal 2020 documentary ‘Drum & Bass: The Movement’.
Behind the booth, Riya has won plaudits from peers and ravers alike with her hard hitting and energetic DJ sets. Her long-standing relationship with Native Instruments enabled her to become one of the first women to use their DJ controllers to perform live, allowing her to tour her album, exciting and amazing audiences with her ability to DJ stems whilst delighting crowds with her iconic voice, earning a D&B Arena Award for ‘Best Live Act’
Skilled in Marketing & PR, Riya has worked behind the scenes for revered names including Royal Albert Hall, Hospital Records, Oasis of Sound, and DogsOnAcid.
Riya is also qualified in Sound Healing, Mental Health First Aid, and Counselling Skills and is a passionate and outspoken advocate for mental health, having previously volunteered at the mental health charity SANE for a year offering emotional support on their phone lines, holding fundraisers, and speaking openly and honestly about a range of issues across her social media accounts.