Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Ajai Combelic, Montreal Canada, may 26th 1989, I grew up learning Afro Cuban percussion from my dad starting at 3 years old. My mother is a sweet compassionate woman who did our best to stay tied into a community of wonderful community of free thinkers, artist, and musicians.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Ajai, is a name that came to me in a dream. Jk. My dad gave it to me at birth and it seemed natural to use it for my compositions. I’ve studied music in every school I’ve attended. Choir, school band, West-African percussion, Brazilian percussion, Afro-Cuban percussion, guitar studies, and piano all played a part in my musical training. I also studied experimental composition and audio engineering in uni. I worked as a composer and engineer at La Hacienda Creative in Montreal for one year while I was writing and recording this album at home.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I’m pretty unsure of genres but friends have called it: dream pop, cinematic pop, psychedelic pop.

This album is the record of a period of self reflection and observation. I spent a long winter back in Montreal after finishing school, attempting to better understand my racial, cultural, sexual, and musical identity. I often felt as though I was in a dream like state as I looked back towards the United States to see the seemingly unrivaled killing of unarmed black men. This complex phenomenon further led me to feel as though I had no place in the world. As if the very color of my skin were reason enough to take my life.

This perception was boiled down to one simple idea I was already mulling over, dark vs light. Though that is an oversimplification it became a theme that presented itself repeatedly during the two years I spent working on this album.

This dream is present, mostly in the song structures and arrangements. A cascade, a sudden shift, a free fall, floating, a call; all came to be as my moods shifted over the time I worked with these ideas.

 The last theme to play throughout the arc is that of death. Both physical death and the metaphorical death of the artist.

In The Night, deals with the complexity of emotions and how we present them. Specifically within a friendship. If friendships are based on need and a desire to find people whom we got with, is there a limit to that?

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I’m just getting into the music business so my timeline is short, but I would say that I’m a very visual person and constantly think of music in terms often reserved for visual art. What is the point? How buried is the point? Do the end and beginning work to bring the viewer (listener) in and call them back?

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Alan McTavish played the drums and I played everything else. I recorded everything at home and did preliminary mixes before sending it to Jera Cravo for final mixing and Mastering.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been in the music industry for two years. My goals include shooting two multi song videos, collaborating with other artists and musicians for multimedia productions, releasing an EP and another LP, and touring the rest of the U.S. (we played some Washington and Oregon shows in September.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Writing and recording songs is how I spend much of my alone time. My mind is constantly bustling with ideas and recording them is a way for me to free my mind and direct it.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If there is a secret I’m still not clued in. Lol.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I love writing music, it’s second only to playing it live for people.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Never give up. Work until you think you’ve found an answer and then keep working it.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

In the spring of 2015 I released an EP of three songs. Summer 2015 I released some sound sketches. Summer 2017 I released an EP with Hostxess. Fall 2017 I released my full length.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I do it all at home, it’s a tedious and painstaking process I love. I’m not sure I would be able to work the way I do in studios, they lack the comfort of no one being there to witness me.

My lyrics are the product of (usually) some sort  freestyle followed by 1000 edits until they start to take shape.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Kendrick Lamar

Grizzly Bear

Do Make Say Think

Tame Impala

Joseph Edward Yonker

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I made an EP long distance with HOSTXESS during the time I was recording my own album. I would love to do more with them.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

http://www.ajaicombelic.com/

http://instagram.com/ajaicombelic

https://m.facebook.com/ajaimusic/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Oof, happiest day: our Portland show was probably the best day I’ve had recently. The 1234 house is an amazing bnb and the owner Evan is so gracious and magnanimous.

The worst:…hmmm.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars

Buying a small house and more recording gear/instruments.

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