Aiyana-Lee is no stranger to the world of music. Having grown up with a mother who happens to be a 17x platinum songwriter, it is fair to say that an affinity for all things melodic is ingrained in her DNA. And, her latest release is proof of this. With sumptuous soul and R&B sounds filling the crevices of her EP, “WEDNESDAY’S CHILD (SIDE A)”, which also stands as the first half of her debut album, we are not only being introduced to the deliciously syrupy tones of Aiyana’s music but also being teased by the promise of more to come.
When discussing the production process behind the album, the London-born artist explained, “I just wanted to shut the door on everything going on outside and really dig deep into what I wanted to say. What my stories were. What message I wanted to get across regardless of what the genre would end up being. I think it’s so important to not try and chase what’s currently trending and to look deep within who you are because we all have something so unique to contribute to this world!”
Upon the release of her EP, the artist got candid with Wonderland about how her mother’s affinity for music informed her decision to pursue it as a career and how she is writing a story with her debut album. Head below to enjoy our interview with Aiyana-Lee…
Hey Aiyana, how are you? How has this year been?
So incredible! It feels like we’ve truly entered a new chapter and I have finally, after so many years, released a full body of work!
What was one of your favourite memories from last year?
I’d say there were a lot of great moments, but none as great as creating this project and really emotionally putting into words what I had been through and hearing it in such a dynamic way sonically.
What was one song you took with you into the new year?
Lewis Capaldi – “Forever”.
Talk us through your early beginnings! What made you get into music?
I always gravitated towards it like a magnet. With my mum being a 17x platinum writer, she always had an abundance of musicians around her and music playing throughout the house! I found it fascinating!
And if you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?
Writing novels about being an artist?
You live in LA now, but you’re originally from London, which is a melting pot of sounds and culture – do you think growing up here in London impacted your sound?
1000%. London is such a diverse and unique city! It absolutely impacted me growing up! The sounds, the smells, the people! The fashion!
You were discovered by L.A. Reid, what was this experience like?
Insane! I had looked up to him my whole life, and for that dream of meeting him (let alone working with him) being realised had me over the moon!