Toronto-based AJA (Aja Neinstein) offers some sweet relief from isolation with her new track Nerve. Although the young singer songwriter is just starting to scratch the surface of her career in music, Nerve exhibits her effortless vocals to articulate a defiant, female-empowerment pop banger.
AJA speaks on the track – “Nerve is an empowerment song to inspire people to stand up for what they believe in and to defy the norms and words we are often called as women”.
Despite still navigating her way through her late teens, AJA’s love for music started at a young age. Brought up on a diet of classic rock and jazz, she started singing from the age of 6 and writing her own songs at the age of 8. After cutting her teeth with a number of viral hits, the 16-year-old marks her journey into young adulthood with a sonic rebrand.
Read through our isolation-based Q&A with AJA below:
How are you feeling about your new release?
I am so excited for everyone to finally hear it. I have been waiting for it it to come out for a long time. Nerve is a song that everyone can relate to. Have you ever been so angry at someone or something and wanted to scream? Nerve represents that.
Whats lockdown in Canada been like for you?
I’ve been spending lots of time with my family which has been nice. I have a small studio in my basement so I’ve spent lots of time working on production, writing songs, and tracking vocals. I’ve also spent a lot of time playing guitar which has been fun. Recently I’ve hang out with friends socially distancing which has been amazing.
Do you have a current anthem / who have you been listening to the most at the moment?
If I had to pick an artist that I’ve been listening to a lot lately, it would be Jessie Reyez. I love her stylistically and her lyrics are amazing.
What message would you like people to take from your new single NERVE?
I want people to feel empowered and inspired to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. That is how Nerve makes me feel and I feel a lot of people will feel that way too.
What have you got planned for the rest of the year?
Lots of writing, recording, and releasing music. I hope to become stronger with production. I would love to go on tour but not sure when live shows will be happening. For now, I will continue to engage my fans online until I can see them again in person.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do after lockdown?
Probably hug my friends! But after that, I want to go back to LA and continue the sessions and plans I had before I had to leave early.