Jollof rice, morning routines and the first CD he bought. We caught up with AikJ.

AikJ has garnered attention from a multitude of outlets over the years for his pop-leaning RnB efforts. He’s steadily shared music with an emphasis of quality over quantity and it feels as though he is finally coming into his own.

The singer has dropped a slew of singles since bouncing onto the scene around 2017 and more recently he shared his EP ‘1992’.

Following the positive reception to the project, AikJ will be bringing his soulful cuts to LoSt LaNe this month. Ahead of the headline show we caught up with the artist to see what makes him tick.

You are fighting in the octagon, what song do you walk out to ?
I would say Wande Coal – Iskaba, that song is an ultimate vibe.

What fact about you would surprise people?
I would say telling people my family sport is Golf, even though I’m mad rusty right now I could still probably take Rory Mcllroy on.

What does retirement look like for you in the future?
I don’t really know to be honest. But the bank account must be screaming by then for me to think of that. I would probably buy Swiss beats house from him and take my wife and kids there escape from the world.

What is your morning ritual?
Morning ritual I deviate from all the time, but ideally I should be praying every morning, don’t touch my phone all morning, brush my teeth and breakfast(ultimate priority) and do some sort of vocal warmup.

What movie / video game has the best soundtrack?
That’s actually a hard one, I’ve watched so many movies I cant think of but I know Black panther was the first soundtrack/album I’ve ever gone back to listen to from watching the movie.

Finish this sentence: You should never __________
Think that you can make everyone happy.

What is essential to have with you in the studio?
Water and pizza.

What is the last thing you watched on netflix/youtube/tv?
I watched Dolemite while I was in Malaga with my boys recently and had to watch it again cause it was so inspirational.

What are you addicted to ?
Doing exciting creative things.

You have your own talk show, who is your first guest?
Big Narstie most definitely.

You are headlining Glastonbury, what are your most outrageous rider requests?
A nigerian aunty to make some jollof rice for before and after the performance.

The first album you bought?
I bought the Justin Timberlake – 20/20 experience album for a friend at chris kindle.

You can choose one artist to head up the government and subsequently save the country, who is it?
This country? Or the world? It would definitely not be Kanye anyway. Maybe Pharrell.

You can rock the stage with any act past or present, who are you choosing?
Chris Brown and Michael Jackson. But I’d have to choose some of the songs Chris Brown plays, not really feeling allot of the stuff he’s been dropping.

What is your pet hate?
A pretty girl with smelly breath or smokes.

AikJ plays Lost Lane 21 November, Click here for more info.

Photo credit: Lina Rosca

Words: Dylan Murphy 
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