A Chat With The Amazing Aya Ito

Aya Ito's latest single "Spellbound" will surely keep you on your feet. We had the opportunity to chat with the multi-genre vocalist, songwriter and Blazian Sensation who is a striking songstress with an incredibly amazing sound.


A native of Tokyo, Japan, this Japanese and African American singer has been dubbed a force of nature. Pulling influence from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, H.E.R., Frank Ocean, Whitney Houston, Robert Glasper, Zedd, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Jhene Aiko, Aya Ito has created her signature Pop/R&B/Soul fusion sound. As an artist, Aya has fused her talents of singing and playing the guitar and piano, while also incorporating her trilingual abilities (English, Spanish and Japanese) into her art.



Aya has toured the US and Japan performing in many venues that have attracted a huge following. For many years, this standout has been wowing crowds with her spirited performances and dynamic sound. Aya has been lauded for her absolute beauty and undeniable talent. In August 2020, she made her television debut on ABC7’s broadcast special of the Bud Billiken Parade. Performing her single, "Don't Take My Life" released by SmashTown Records, Aya poured her heart out to the world in song while addressing the senseless acts of violence that have plagued this country causing many lives to be taken unjustly.

 
 

With a focus on positivity, Aya hopes to reach her fans in a way that makes them feel good about themselves and everything they do or go through.


Aya states “Music is something that will always be there for you. There is a song for every mood, emotion, and occasion. Being someone who creates music means that you can be a person to influence others and help them through whatever they are going through, whether it be having fun at a party, a breakup, a fight with a friend, etc. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve made an effect on someone’s life, even strangers.”


Find below our chat with this amazing songstress.

 
 
What made you go into music and how long have you been in the industry?

I have always had a passion for music ever since I was a child. I would learn songs quickly, taught myself piano and guitar, and used it as a way to cope with any hardships I was going through. I was one of the people who knew exactly what they wanted to do when they grew up and that was to make music. I sang in choirs and played in bands starting at a young age, but I started my music "career" about 6 years ago.


Your latest release "Spellbound", what's the background and inspiration behind it?

It was actually one of the first songs written for the album, and it has come such a long way since its conception. Spellbound is a song that will definitely make you want to dance and sing along. A lighthearted, catchy tune that will remind you of how it felt to be sprung or maybe you're feeling that way now. It embodies the infatuation you first feel when you really connect with someone and nothing can bring you down.

 
 
Who did you work with on "Spellbound"?

I worked with John Allen, who I have collaborated with on other tracks such as "Something New" and a couple of unreleased songs as well. The production was done by Smashtown CEO Darnell Johnson and our engineer Slavic Livins.


How many songs/albums have you released to date?

I have released 4 songs as a solo artist, 3 songs as a featured artist, and 2 albums and 2 songs as part of the band Chicago Loud 9.


What do you think of the music industry in 2022 and beyond?

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the music industry. We all know Covid had a huge effect on musicians. I am hoping that live music returns at the level it was before or stronger. Streaming has become the main source of listening to music for many people, but a lot of these companies take advantage of artists, take a huge cut, and do not pay them what they deserve. However, on the positive side, it has given us the ability to reach a wider and more international audience. I do also feel like the music business puts way too much emphasis on social media and that likes, engagement, and followers have become more important than the music itself. I know this is something that comes along with the growth of technology, but the industry seems to have changed a lot from when I was a kid and I am curious to see how it continues to develop.

 
 
How has the current pandemic affected you as an artist and as a person?

Performing is probably my favorite part about being a musician, so the pandemic was very difficult for me. I did do some virtual performances at the beginning, but it just wasn't the same. I really missed being in front of an audience, engaging with the crowd, and meeting new people, but I was able to write and create some great music and take the off time to record and develop my voice. As a person, it really gave me an opportunity to get to know myself better and decide what my goals are. I am an extrovert, so before the pandemic, I rarely spent time alone. It was good for me to get that time by myself.


Who are your favorite artists and how have they influenced your music and style?

My favorite artists really vary. I love me some Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, D'angelo, Robert Glasper, but also some Evanescence, Zedd, Paramore, Beyonce, H.E.R. I think the diversity in the music I listen to has really influenced me to find my own style. When you listen to my music, even going back to the music I made with Chicago Loud 9, you will definitely hear elements of pop, soul, rock, r&b, etc. I feel like my style can't really be put in a box and that reflects who I am as a person and as a musician. Having parents from two completely different backgrounds (Black American and Japanese), it was always hard to find "my place" so I had to make my own which is what I've done with my music as well.


Are you currently working on any new music at the moment?

Yes! I have some really great tracks in the works and I can't wait for you all to hear it. We've got some R&B vibes, some electronic vibes, and even a ballad in the works. There is something for everyone!

 
 
How do you define success as an artist?

I think this is a tough question because as an artist, you should never stop growing and developing. I think the definition of success is something that constantly changes. If I am growing and becoming a better artist, if I feel like I am better than I was the previous year, I deem that as a success. If my music has a positive impact on someone, I deem that as a success. If I achieve the goals I lay out for myself and from there, make new ones, I deem that as a success.


Outside making music what else do you enjoy doing most?

I love traveling and exploring new cultures, hiking with my dog, attending live performances, dancing, aerial silks, pole sport, hula hooping, and cooking.


What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Think of you by Terrace Martin, Rose Gold, and Kamasi Washington


What other genre of music do you enjoy listening to and will be happy to explore as an artist?

Electronic music and pop punk


Our audience wanted to know. Do you have any tattoos?

Yes, but only a few


Where can we find you online?

You can find me on all streaming platforms, social media, and youtube by searching Aya Ito. My Instagram handle is @blaziansensation


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