Ainjo is undeniably the artist where you can sit down and listen to her songs all the way through without any skips. This is amazing for an upcoming artist to have that type of leverage through music. Ainjo reels you in by her beautiful jazzy-soul voice along with a trap feel and relatable content. You can tell that her influences comes from some of the greats like, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone. You can also tell that she’s in her own lane and is very unique and just wants to make feel good music that everyday people could enjoy.
Q: Where are you from? Tell me a little bit about your upbringing
A: I’m Haitian. I was born in Miami, raised a bit in Port-au-Prince, and then moved back to Florida, where I lived in Port St. Lucie for the majority of my life until I was 18.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: I have a deep love for Amy Winehouse, she is a big one. I love her sound and her jazzy tone, the soul in her voice, and her unapologetic lyrics. I also get a lot of influence from the current R&B artists doing it big right now.
Q: How long have you been singing?
A: I’ve always sung. I grew up singing at church or in school events, basically for everyone that wanted to listened. I started really pursuing music a few years ago.
Q: Do you consider yourself, R&B? What do you think about the state of R&B and new school singers?
A: I feel like I’m more of an alternative R&B artist. The tone that I sing in and what I sing about is not so much the 90s R&B sound people are used to. I think R&B is doing very good right now, there are so many different kinds of artists taking on the genre, and women are taking over. It’s bold.
Q: Talk about your new single “BXTCHE$” and how it came about, and how do you pick what your single is going to be?
A: BXTCHE$ is the remake to an original I put out about two years ago. All of my music is very personal. “BXTCHE$” came from an experience I had dating a guy, and his “friend” was also trying to talk to me behind my guy’s back. The guy I was dating thought of his friend like a brother, and it was wild that he would be so trifling. Also, around that time, I was going through it with some old friends who were also being shady, showing their true colors, so I put it all in one song, everything was brought together, and voila here we have “BXTCHE$.”
Q: Your music is very relatable, how important is it to make music that others can relate too?
A: It’s essential because I speak from my experiences, and my experiences are things I know other people, especially young women, are going through. Life is something everyone has to take one day at a time, and my music just reflects how I’m taking it. Some songs have different vibes from others, but at the end of it all, it’s my sense of therapy.
Q: Do you have a day job and make music on the side? If so, how do you balance that?
A: I’m currently serving active duty in the Navy. It’s definitely a matter of balance, but I keep it all leveled because music is my calling and passion, and the Navy is something I am very honored to be a part of. I balance it by having a good team that can help me handle the music side of my career and excellent communication with my entire command in the Navy, who is also super supportive of my music.
Q: What do you want to accomplish with your music?
A: I really just want people to take my music for what it is and love it. Feel it. Cry to it. Laugh at it. Sex with it. Make use of it.
Q: If you had the opportunity to collab with any three artists, who would it be?
A: Amy Winehouse, Travis Scott, Summer Walker.
Q: We haven’t met yet, but from the looks of things, you have a very cute and confident style, and I think it correlates with your music, how important is it to be comfortably YOU and how would you describe your style of music?
A: Thank you! I like expressing myself, and my style is just one of those things that I want to use. I feel comfortable being myself because no one else could do it, and my music shows that through. Some of my lyrics are very risque and out there. My sound has a modern-day jazzy trap feel if I could put a genre on it.
Q: Do you have any upcoming shows or projects coming?
A: Yes! I have some new content dropping soon, so stay tuned for that!
Q: Where can people follow you and your music?
A: Yes! My music is on all streaming platforms as ‘Ainjo,’ and all of my social media handles are @ainjomusic