Introducing Napaht Na Nongkhai aka Arya Rita. A singer, songwriter, and actor in NYC born and raised in Thailand with a brand new single ‘Her Song’.
Steeped in adrenaline but chill-inducing in a way that is only possible when a sense of urgency finds no relief, the beats that power the backend of Napaht Na Nongkhai aka Arya Rita’s “Her Song” are much a cornerstone of the singer/songwriter’s construction of a narrative in this track.
While Napaht Na Nongkhai aka Arya Rita has been quite the groove-laden month for indie pop around the world, “Her Song” is easily one of this year’s best debuts and a terrific way of getting to know its enigmatic creator.
Instrumentally speaking, this single is pretty elaborate for being classified as a straight-up pop song, and I can see why many of my fellow critics have been reticent to do so. There are a lot of influences in play here – and we managed to catch up with her for an interview…
What inspired me to get into music?
Since I could remember, I was already walking around with a fake guitar hanging from my neck and holding a plastic microphone that had candies in them. I got more serious into classical music when I saw a movie ’Season Change’ about a performing arts high school in Thailand, which I attended as a theatre voice major when I was a freshman. I always loved singing and music, but I would say that I got into writing when I realized that instead of just delivering other artists’ messages, I could deliver mine.
How would I describe my music?
I write songs about other people. Like my debut song is not about me. I wrote it for someone and from their perspective. My other songs that haven’t yet to be released are from my perspective, but other people’s stories. I write about how special someone is. Sometimes I write hoping to lift up somebody and keep them going.
What would I say is my recording and songwriting style?
It’s pop/R&B with little modernized Thai riffs in there.
Where would I like to see my music career in 5 years’ time?
Sign contracts with both the U.S and Thailand. Because I am also an actor, I would love to be in a musical TV show or a film that I get to sing my own songs. I know someday I want to create an album that each music video is a sequel, so basically, that whole album is equal a movie.
Where can music fans listen to music?
My music is on many major platforms such as Spotify, amazon music, Apple, and etc.