Kaya Jones, the name synonymous with the highly popular pop girl group The Pussycat Dolls who is on her maiden visit to India is one excited lady. Having performed in various countries across the world, Jones has earned the love and adulation of the people, wherever she has gone and hopes for the same here as well. “This is my first visit to India and it feels wonderful to be here. It is really exciting to be here, the people are awesome,” she gushes. The The 29-year-old also confessed to listening to Bollywood music saying she enjoyed the lively beats. “I think Bollywood music is awesome. I love the colours, the dance and the elements of India. My mother’s from Jamaica, so I see a lot of Indians there, the energy they bring is wonderful,” shares Kaya.
The former Pussycat Dolls member who parted ways with the burlesque dance troupe in has managed to create her own separate identity with hits like ‘Hollywood Doll’ , ‘Take it off’ and her very own Hollywood Doll brand, a line of fashion and beauty products for young girls. The Pussycat Dolls which started as a burlesque dance troupe in Los Angeles before venturing into mainstream music industry with hit singles like ‘Don’t Cha’, ‘Buttons’, and ‘Stickwitu’ has sold more than 15 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide. Although the girl group was highly successful commercially, they were plagued by internal conflicts mostly due to the magnification of the groups’s lead member Nicole Scherzinger and submissive treatment of other members.
Being part of the famous Pussycat Dolls group, Kaya says it was not an easy decision to part ways but feels it was the right choice for her. “I enjoyed my time with the Pussycat Dolls. However, I did not want to compromise myself as an artist. After a while, I realised that it wasn’t what I wanted and I feel that I had made the right choice to part ways, keeping artistic integrity in mind,” states the 29-year-old who is awaiting her next single ‘Zero gravity’ in April. Speaking about the difference between performing in a group and as a solo artist, she says, “It’s dramatically different. In a group there are always other people to lean on. You don’t have to be involved in the business aspect of the group and the production. Working solo is not easy by any means but it’s a lot of fun- you have a lot more control and freedom to express yourself as an artist.” Explaining the work and effort that goes behind each performance, Kaya opines that it’s important to take into account the country one is performing and the mood of the crowd. “I respect traditions and cultures of different countries. For example, In India I wouldn’t wear an outfit which is too revealing, because I know that this is a more conservative country and I respect that. However, the dance and the music remains the same,” she points out.
Every artist has one performance which is most special to them and what they find most memorable and Kaya agrees,”Performing at Laundry Day in 2010 in Belgium was my most memorable experience. It was a lot of fun and the crowd was incredible,” she adds. After Bengaluru and Hyderabad, Kaya will perform in Mumbai and Delhi before leaving the country on February 25. In the meantime she is trying to make the most of her time in the country. “The food is so wonderful, I am trying to make the most of my time here and eating some of the most delicious food,” she concludes.
Kaya Jones performed at the Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday.