Tell us a bit about yourself? i am kenyan.i was raised there until the age of 9.i moved to north london and lived in edmonton for over 8 years . i started writing music from 11 whenever i felt sad and i have also written for some people when the grime era was blooming and flourishing around 2006 plus. i went to ACM to do a 1 year diploma course in vocal performance and decided to continue pursuing my musical career and discover who i am as an artist after. i decided to call myself AY which stands for Atieno Yemoja because Atieno is my kenyan name and i am very proud of my motherland. artists like AAliyah inspired me with her choreography which is one of the things i would love to include in live performances. i Erykah badu's soulful voice inspired me to find out where my soul lies and the voice that follows with it. young artists like bryson tiller and tory lanes made me feel like i can also follow my dreams and be succesfull at my age.i resinate with them because we are in the same age bracket and their music is very relatable. they inspire me to write my true stories and feelings about my experiences. artists like Tupac inspire me to do something with my talent by helping others and educating others. i also like he's style of rap as well people like 50 cent,kendrick,J cole Joey badass who used rap to get out in a toxic environment and tell their stories.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? i am different from other UK artists because i tell my stories and experiences in different ways. i either sing it or rap it.also being born and raised in kenyan as well as constantly visiting there, helps me bring my african influences to my music as well as being brought up in a rough neighbourhood in london i bring my experiences and can relate to alot of the young today and their struggles and experiences.
What’s your back-story? i was in a toxic relationship for a year and i wrote my song let go when i was considering leaving my ex partner but i did not know how to do it because i loved him at the time and i was afraid to be alone. i felt very stuck so i wrote the song to release my emotions hoping it will clear things out in my head.
What are you working on at the moment? i have an EP being released in February which is about love and relationships and situationships. it consists of me predominantly singing and i will also have a launch party for it.after that i will be starting another project of me just rapping and showing that other side of me.i will also being doing performances around london,amsterdam and a few countries within EUROPE in summer.
What's the first song you remember hearing? biggie notorious
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? frank ocean thinking about you
What was the first gig you went to? J cole's forest hill drive tour
Which song do you wish you'd written? dangerous inlove beyonce
Which song changed your life? tlc waterfalls
Which song would you like played at your funeral? faith evans P diddy i'll be missing you
What song is stuck in your head right now?Daniel Caesar - Get you
What was the first Album you bought? michael jackson Bad
Which song made you want to play music? Alicia keys - woman's worth