Synai sound is best defined through their own promotional slogan: 'rock music for your soul'. 'When you see us on stage, you'd expect R & B, funk or Hip Hop. But we're playing rock music and we sing our songs soulfully. People can't seem to do without labels, so we call it rock- n-soul,', says Hakhi, 'not to be confused with 'neo soul'.' The band started in 1999 when Hakhi and Sayo met and became friends in New York's underground spoken word scene. The accidentally uncovered each other's musical talents and met for an initial jam session, with Sayo on guitar and Hakhi on piano. After playing a single melody for an hour and half straight, they realized that they had great musical chemistry. By October, Hakhi joined Sayo on guitar and the two met on a weekly basis for rehearsals and jam sessions. By the spring of 2001, Sayo graduated from NYU and Hakhi resigned from a career in magazine journalism to become full time musicians. The duo recorded a full-length album, now fine-tuned and trimmed down into a six song EP titled, 'As Is.' Similar to that of Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, Synai wants their music to speak to the hearts and minds of people. 'Before I Die', an insightful post 9/11 song about coming to terms with mortality written by Hakhi, and 'The Basement' a song about the pitfalls of fame and celebrity written by Sayo do just that. 'I wrote the Basement after watching so many famous singers burn out trying stay famous. When it's someone else's time to shine, the best thing to do is to just bow out gracefully,' says Sayo. Synai is not afraid to write songs that give light to the nuances of everyday life and is determined to display their musical creativity by playing their own instruments as well. While most bands are focused on quick fame and overnight success, Synai says they want their music to help people think more about longevity and evolution. 'People don't think about important things until something drastic happens in the world. Now that a lot of drastic things are going on almost daily, we think it's the job of the artist to think out loud in music. That's where we come in'.