“The girl can bring the house down….She is a flaming red haired supreme chanteuse. Remember the girl in the movie the 5th element, well, put her on speed and that’s what you have here”
- Sonic Cathedral
“I Ya Toyah completely blows you away… it is beyond fucking awesome. Her show is full of visuals and vigorous vocals. Her music, 100% written, recorded, and performed, includes keyboards, guitars, and beats that make it impossible to sit still. Level of excitability and aggression within her performance makes it obvious that she has a message of great importance. Her way of relaying that message to the audience is more of a command, rather than an option for them to consider. It is completely apparent that she intends to make an impact upon not only the live music scene in Chicago but throughout the entire universe.”
- Unrated Magazine
“I Ya Toyah is a must 'experience' music ARTIST. Even seemingly undanceable songs when you listen to at home, called me onto the dance floor when she performed live. Her programmed light show was the best I have seen since I can remember. You MUST see her live some day or book her!”
- DJ Alyda (Indianapolis)
‘The one woman army from Chicago is an explosion of energy, love, and pain. It has a soul that really sets it apart from a lot of the genre. Ania has a voice and song writing style that captivates with its power and passion. The songs move with intention and the lyrics have a personal flavor that makes you a part of them. The live stage show is truly something to behold. She is a voice for the future of what electronic music is capable of.’
- Ken Magerman, Sounds and Shadows
I Ya Toyah landed here to spread the disease of music and infect the human race. She is a one woman army that blends the chaos and balance with a familiar vibe of industrial electronica sound. Her music is a fusion of smooth, cutting edge vocals, surreal guitars, hypnotizing beats and multiple electronic synth elements arising into dark arrangements that, combined with storytelling lyrics, respond to the paranoia of everyday reality.
From an early life, her connection to the world of sound was undeniable. Always hungry to study versatile instruments and vocal techniques, she didn’t let the personal tale of struggle defeat her. Born and raised in Poland’s tough reality, she migrated to the USA as a young adult to seek a better life and musical fulfillment. Through the wins and failures of several artistic collaborations she soon developed the diverse knowledge and vision needed to accomplish what was perceived as a mission impossible- a one woman show unveiling her talents and empowering the audience with the message of strength and independence of a solo artist. The meaning behind the name I Ya Toyah sustains these values- when spoken out loud, in Polish it means It’s Just Me. Her logo art emerging from peace and anarchy symbols highlights the rebel psyche - I Ya Toyah’s true nature.
Code Blue- I Ya Toyah’s self written, recorded and produced debut album- was released on October 26th, 2018 and got immediate recognition in the music industry and stellar reviews from top industrial electronic magazines in USA, Europe, Australia and South America including Brutal Resonance, Sideline Magazine, Regen Mag, Pure Gain Audio, RocknLoad Mag, Spill Magazine, The Independent Voice, Crossfire Metal and more. I Ya Toyah was featured on several blogs and podcasts, including MK Ultra, Infectious Unease, Dark Life Experience, Decay Mag, Madness To Creation, System Failure, Revel Rousers, Uncivil Revolt and more. Album songs frequently appeared on WKQX - Chicago's legendary Q 101 radio station, WRIR, Rock Rage Radio, Flatlines Radio and Dark Essence Radio. Additionally, they became part of several prominent compilations, including Another Year Not Dead by Brutal Resonance and Mixtape by Modular Records UK. Code Blue album focuses on mental health and suicide prevention, with 15% of proceeds going to AFSP. I Ya Toyah herself is strongly involved in the cause and advocates the importance of mental wellness and ending the stigma.
I Ya Toyah’s live show is a mind-changing experience bringing a mix of captivating sounds and consciousness-expanding visuals, wrapped together by atmospheric finish of pulsating lights and engaging performance of one woman army taking control over multiple instruments and...the spectators. Within the year following an album release she showcased her talent in multiple cities playing concerts in legendary venues such as Warehouse (La Crosse), The Forge (Joliet), Club Anything (Milwaukee), Chop Shop (Chicago), Granada Theater (Dallas), Elysium (Austin), The Masquerade- Hell ( Atlanta), Soundstage ( Baltimore), Reggies ( Chicago), recordBar ( KCMO), Thalia Hall ( Chicago) and more, and sharing the stage with Mortiis, Grendel, Adoration Destroyed, Cyanotic, Conformco, Zwaremachine and many others. She wrapped her year touring with Pigface and promoting the Code Blue album across the USA. She also recently became a part of industrial rock supergroup- The Joy Thieves- members include current, former, and touring members of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, Stabbing Westward, Skatenigs, Mary's Window, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Blue October, W.O.R.M., 16VOLT, and more.
I Ya Toyah was also nominated to Subculture Shock: Listeners Choice- Best of 2019 and made top rankings next to artists such as KANGA, Twin Tribes, KMFDM, Rammstein, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, ACTORS, Drab Majesty, and She Past Away.
I Ya Toyah spent the majority of 2020 in her studio working on new music, as well as taking part in multiple collaborations including vocal performances with the project Featured by Julian Beeston ( Iron Man, Batman Begins movie sound design, Nitzer Ebb, Cubanate), Tear Down The Walls Tribute to Pink Floyd by Riveting Music, and many more. In March 2020 she released the remix project for the Code Blue album, including the collaboration with Rhys Fulber of Front Line Assembly and Conjure One, Tim Skold, Grendel and more. The release is available for download at https://iyatoyah.bandcamp.com/.
By year’s end I Ya Toyah was announced the Listener’s Choice- Best of 2020 with her cover version of It’s No Good by Depeche Mode, next to artists such as ACTORS, Drab Majesty, Front Line Assembly, PIG and more. She also made a MMH- The Home of Rock Radio playlist of favorite releases of 2020.
She just announced her new E.P. Out of Order available for pre-order starting January 29th, with release date on March 26th, 2021. She is currently awaiting new tour dates confirmations, including the shows with Stabbing Westward as well as the Northwest US and Canadian tour, as they got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic spread.