Updated: Oct 3, 2019
PRESSED: For our readers who have never heard of Aina Brei'Yon, describe the artist.
AINA: Aina Brei’Yon is a visionary that embodies the beauty and strength that every woman possesses. She is a creator of experiences who inspires her supporters to embrace their creativity while paving their own lanes.
PRESSED: Emerging from the South side of Chicago, how important is your hometown to you?
AINA:: I can thank hometown for the woman that I have become. The streets shaped me and my environment taught me the true meaning of freedom. My people are powerful and I hope they see that power in me.
PRESSED: Who or what inspired you to chase the dream?
AINA: Everything that I experienced as a child inspired me to express myself. We weren't strong communicators in my family so music became my outlet. The more I needed to express the more my talents evolved. Before I knew it I was on a mission that was destined for greatness.
PRESSED: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to making music?
AINA: Life! Life will always be my influence followed by PAC, Biggie, Cole, Jay, 6lack, Russ and everyone who has made their own lane. I respect creators who do not follow trends. We all have stories and there is room for everyone.
PRESSED: Is there anything about your creative process that separates you from another upcoming artist?
AINA: I create music based on how I am feeling. It's genuine at all times. I am responsible for my message and therefore if it doesn't feel right I don't put it out. I'm not confined to any rules because freedom is important to me. This enables me to be in control of the process from start to finish.
PRESSED: Tell us about your current single “2nd To Youngest Child”. What's the inspiration behind the single?
AINA: I am a huge supporter of J. Cole and his work. His single " Middle Child " provided the inspiration for my single. I admire him writing from a place of two generations and therefore created a single based on my place within my family.
PRESSED: In your bio you stated you don't sing or rap, you are a Creator. Could you explain to the reader's what you mean by this.
AINA: My ability to express my self freely is important to me and that means going with what ever is flowing through me. I would not call myself a singer because I wouldn't want to disrespect true singers, however I create music that the world can rock to, lmao. I use my voice the way I know how.
PRESSED: What do you want people to get from your music?
AINA: Liberation! I want my people to no longer suppress any side of them. Be whole. Be complete. Be you.