Poetic soul. Dramatic folk. Melodic bitch slaps.
Antonia Vai is a Swedish/Hungarian singer-songwriter and musician. Born and raised in Stockholm, she moved to Budapest in 2013, to try her luck on the Hungarian music scene.
Antonia has been playing instruments and writing songs since her early childhood. As a teenager, she started recording and producing her songs alone in her bedroom. After living a year in London, and moving around in Europe, she finally released two self-produced albums at the same time, “Lovers and Prophets“ and “Dirt From When The Earth Was Flat“, in September 2012.
After moving to Budapest in 2013, Antonia recorded the album “Stories After Bedtime” in the Szimpla ruinpub, together with Swedish guitarist/producer Felix Gröndahl, percussionist Adam Gilinger, trumpet player Krisztian Muhari and bass player Adam Zdosek. The first single from the album was “The Pirate’s Waltz” and the full album was released in September 2014, on A38, Budapest.
This was the start of ‘Antonia Vai Band’, and since then they have attracted a big audience on the underground music scene in Hungary. The band toured the country with alternative rock band Quimby, played at MR2 Akusztik, did a song with Sena (Irie Maffia) for Balcony TV and had a sold-out show at MÜPA, Palace of Arts, in June 2015. They then released “Remember How” together with Saiid from Akkezdet Phiai, which was the first single from the EP, ‘Tightrope’, released in February 2016.
Antonia Vai released her fifth album “Ritual” in September 2017. The album was created in wanderlust, written on the road and recorded with musicians in Morocco, Sweden and Hungary.
Duna TV, Csodabogár müsor (adás: 2015.08.01)
Petőfi TV, interjú (adás: 2015.06.15)
Petöfi TV, interjú együtt Saiid-al (adás: 2015.05.19)
FIX TV, interjú (adás: 2015.06.09)
We Love Budapest (cikk)
Footer Magazin (cikk)
Said about Antonia Vai
“Is there room for another Swedish singer in my musical affections? If her name is Antonia Vai, then the answer is yes.”
”A singer and songwriter of world class”.
Dr Indie / Blaskan
“Antonia Vai is a magnificent storyteller, who gives you a spiritual striptease and explosions of energy. She connects sharp rhytms with unexpected melodies. You have to hear this!”
“She hovers between folk and soul, chanson and jazz, rock and pop. On top of it all, she has a genuine intensity, and at the same time, a relaxed moderation. Antonia Vai is a unique experience.”
“Antonia Vais whole presence. There’s something about her. Something primordial. She’s the ancestress of every soul.
The first time I saw her on stage just strengthened this thought. The way she moves to music, and communicates with the audience could be the guide for finding God. You think I’m in love with her? Wait ‘til you see her sing!”
Dori Varga Collection
“Antonia Vai surprises with captivating mellow easy listening songs as well as taunting and psychic over the top outbursts of emotion.”
“Innovative and unique. It’s acoustic, with guitar and congas, and beautiful harmonies blended together in catchy rhytms. Antonia Vais voice is different and full of emotions – I don’t think I’ve heard anything like this before. The way she plays with her voice and the melodies, it kind of resembles Regina Spektor, but Antonia still manages to find her complete own style.”