VOCALIST, MC, CO-FOUNDER, HYDRATION STUDIOS
NAYANA “179” SHARMA (also known under her MC alias ‘IZ’) is a 17 year old model, self-taught multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and rapper based in North London.
She is a collaborator for NiNE8MIXTAPEVOL1 and co-founder of NiNE8 music group devision Hydration Studios .
Hydration Studios is queer/femme focused platform for women in Hip-Hop also serving as a label for underground music groups such as FLIP FONE POSSE (of which Nayana is also an MC for under IZ) and various NiNE8 members such as LAVA LA RUE
The name “IZ” derives from ’Nayana’ meaning ‘Eyes’ in Hindi.
Influenced by the likes of “MF DOOM, ROY AYERS, TUPAC, ERYKAH BADU, N.E.R.D AND ESPERANZA SPALDING “ Nayana has channeled hear former years of dabbling as a jazz band singer to applying it within more experimental takes on HIP HOP, RNB, SOUL and TRAP.
Nayana will release singles in collaboration with producers such as MANTRA, MAC WETHA and NIGE - whilst playing live shows with NiNE8 and working on curating HYDRATION NIGHTS and events including female led cyphers, spoken word showcases and session workshops.