Rising R&B singer-songwriter Ajia talks musical influences, most meaningful song and her latest EP ‘Touching The Surface’

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

From a young age, I started singing in my school choir but it was only in secondary school that I began to take music more seriously. My love for music grew and I wanted to delve deeper into the music industry and began to explore instruments and their melodies. I started learning how to play the saxophone and took songwriting seriously. This is where my passion for music grew even further and also made me realise that this was something that I definitely wanted to do for the rest of my life.

What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?

What makes my sound different from anyone else is that I don’t try to be anyone but myself. Every single person in the world is unique and I like my individuality to show that through my work. I write music that is distinctive but also relatable to me and I think it’s very important to produce music you would listen to yourself.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

Music is a stress reliever for me so the bad days are just as beneficial as the good days when it comes to songwriting. I can take all the good and bad things happening to me and release it in a song. Also, a great song can be shaped through so many emotions.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

Absolutely! Getting track of the week on BBC 1Xtra is one I won’t forget. I remember when I started it was just for the love of music but could never imagine anything like this.

Your latest release ‘Touching The Surface’ is out now, can you please describe the creative process and the concept behind the EP?

This EP wasn’t based around a particular theme on events as it was happening. The songs I had were based on discussions I had with friends and situations I was going through myself. I would usually write down thoughts and feelings and record the next day thus expressing my true emotions.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song from the EP? What makes you say that one?

My most meaningful song would be “Moonwalking” as it is the most personal. This song is about how I felt when I was dealing with depression but also telling my future self to be free and let go.

What artist / artists would you like to work with in the future? Is there a colab coming up anytime soon?

I would love to work with H.E.R, Kiana Lede, Mahalia, Daniel Caser, NAO, etc. There’s definitely a lot more but these are the main ones that I can think of right now.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

You really have to love music if you want to pursue it. There’s no guaranteed timeline and anything you do in life is hard. You really have to do it for the love and passion and not for the affirmation because you might never get that. I would say never give up, keep pushing and try to be consistent.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

There will definitely be more live performances, great music and hopefully some new collaborations.

Anything else you would like to add?

l would like to thank my team at BGM Entertainment.

Touching The Surface EP is available now to stream / purchase from all major platforms.

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