Exploring nuanced themes of uncertainty while pursuing the right path, Aiyana K offers a profound perspective on the fears that stem from the prospect of falling short of one's true potential. Being the opening chapter for her highly anticipated EP, ‘No Rain No Flowers’, ‘Green Lights’ provides a glimpse into the 22-year-old singer's odyssey of self-healing, revealing a journey that often isn’t linear. Despite the numerous instances of progress symbolised by green lights, the waves of nerves of encountering a red light still manages to evoke feelings of anxiety and apprehension.
The gentle cadence of the piano's delicate chords harmonises seamlessly with Aiyana K's melodic tones, creating a mosaic of comparable textures. Soulful, cinematic, and velvety, the vocal arrangements elegantly complement each other, forming a harmonious blend. Her performance throughout the track ushers in an exhilarating start to her artistic journey.
Hit pause and join us as we take a moment to explore Aiyana K's inspiring journey so far:
1. Tell us a bit about your story: who are you and what has your journey looked like so far?
My journey as a performer began at a young age, but it was at 11 years old that I truly discovered my passion for singing and since then I have not looked back. Three years ago, I moved to London, determined to pursue my career as an artist, a dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember. Let me tell you, I was not prepared for the rollercoaster life was about to take me on. I developed TSW (Topical steroid withdrawal) , a severe skin condition which honestly changed my life. It has been an endless journey filled with fear and uncertainty, but now I can confidently say I am at a place of healing. Music became my medicine during this time, a way for me to express myself when I felt most alone. I have been able to share my most vulnerable and honest self through each of my songs and I cannot wait to share these with the world.
2. Who inspires you musically and creatively?
RAYE has definitely been a more recent inspiration of mine. I think it’s admirable how honest and open she is throughout her music. You can feel the vulnerability she has allowed herself to feel when writing and recording each song. I am also inspired by the likes of YEBBA, Lizzy McAlpine, Sampha, Mammal Hands and Jazmine Sullivan. All of which share a unique sense of emotion within their music which I find truly captivating.
3. What is the creative process behind your music?
I often find myself building ideas for songs based off of the emotion that I felt in a specific moment but representing it through an image. ‘Green Lights’, my debut single, is based on fear but symbolised through the changing of traffic lights from red to green. I usually start at the piano, playing around with different chords until I find something that inspires me. OnceI have figured out the harmony, I start to build the melody and write the lyrics. I am most successful when I let go of expectation and let my words and emotions run freely. I am incredibly lucky to have some incredible musicians around me that have helped develop my initial ideas and bring these songs to life.
4. What’s the best advice you’ve received during your journey?
Without rain, no flowers grow.
5. How do you nurture your creativity?
I’ve definitely struggled with nurturing my creativity over the last few years. Although, I have learnt the importance of being okay with imperfections. Don’t be too hard on yourself when things don’t turn out the way that you had planned. Just feel and you will create something beautiful.
6. What do you hope your music will reveal to your listeners?
(Alternatively, what do you hope your new music will reveal to your listeners?) This music was once my medicine and I now hope that it can be that for others. I was completely honest about my feelings when writing these songs and I want to remind people that they’re not alone. Things will get better even if it feels like there is no way out.
7. Are there any upcoming shows or projects we can look forward to?
I am super excited to be releasing more new music later this year. Keep an eye out!
8. Is there any advice you want to give to new artists?
Make music for you, not anyone else. If you love it, so will others. You can’t please everyone.
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