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RPM: Thali Lotus

Thali is the founder of @cayaaudio , an innovative modern audio company founded in 2020, which specialises in inclusivity and versatility, created to empower, educate and entertain. She has also designed and engineered a traditional dub & roots reggae soundsystem, as well as being an academic writer and creative.

CAYA AUDIO combines Thali’s experience in music, Soundsystem and electronics to create audio tools that are quality, versatile and sustainably engineered to cater for all content creators. Her brand successfully raised over 10,000 in June 2021 in the midst of the pandemic with support from 186 people and 6 brands. This exposure helped her to create the X3E prototype set to be released in August 2022.

Thali has been featured in Forbes, The Guardian, The Metro, PRS, The Music Industry Association, interviewed by BBC Radio London and performed at The British Library, Somerset House and Goldsmith’s University.

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What are your first memories of collecting music?

“My first memories of collecting music, would most definitely have to be in my early twenties. I was going through a collecting phase and collecting various types of everything from, comics to antiques, to art to vinyl. If I remember rightly my first purchase was from a charity shop and cost about 50p”

It’s a Slothy Sunday, what are you listening to?

“Slothy Sunday, uhhhhm that could range anywhere from Sun Ra, Tapestry of an Asteroid to Jackie Mitoo Mysric World”

Motivated Mondays, what tune gets you going?

“Definitely Fantasy, by Earth Wind Fire, it makes me feel like a superhero that can achieve everything and anything. Not only is the track phenomenally composed but the artwork looks like something from an Afrofuture Cosmic World.”

When digging what are 2 things that draw you to a record?

“When digging, I’m almost always drawn to 12inches as I prefer to collect them, as well as a really groovy pieces of artwork that transcend my mind to a different space and time.”

Name one friend that is the ultimate fiend for wax?

“Cultural Roots Soundsystem from Bedford has an enviable record collection to say the least!”

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