Aya has been studying music since the 4th grade when she began playing the violin. Despite balancing choir, orchestra, the performing arts program, and tennis club at school, music became her dominant interest around age 13 when she began writing songs and teaching herself guitar, eventually taking guitar lessons as well. At age 15 and after recognizing her dedicated passion, her father surprised Aya with a gift that changed the course of her life forever: Pro Tools (version 6), and the first generation Mbox interface. Pandora's box would never close after that.
Using her original demos as part of her portfolio and announcing that she would study Music Production & Engineering (which notoriously had a low number of female students), Aya stood out enough to be accepted by the prestigious music school, Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production. In addition to the core music theory, history, and ear training classes, the coursework of the major was a perfect blend of technology, groove and genre study, and arranging concepts, which motivated Aya to dig deeper into developing her own music. Throughout her major, Aya composed for big bands, scored pieces and conducted orchestras, produced and recorded bands in studios, and learned that she had just scratched the tip of the iceberg with all there was to know about this field of music which she loved so deeply.
After college, Aya took a few voice lessons with Justin Stoney at New York Vocal Coaching, ultimately becoming his Executive Assistant for about a year. Although she had sang her whole life and her principal instrument at Berklee was voice, Aya never had thorough vocal instruction until that point. She transitioned from working with Justin to a young associate teacher at the studio, Travis Rivera, who she would continue to work with throughout her career as her main vocal coach.
Aya has been refining her songwriting and production craft for over 15 years, recording three studio EPs, “Need To Know” (2009, engineered and co-produced by Jon Castelli), “Cold Side” (2012, engineered and co-produced by Will Harris), and “Placing All The Blame” (2018, engineered and co-produced by Anthony Lopardo and Ray Marte”, released two singles, “Feeling It”, (2019) and “Young & Offended” (2019), and one music video for “Feeling It” (2019, directed by Ian Fursa).
Operating out of her home studio in Long Island, New York, she also has written, produced, engineered, and published commissioned works for films and television on cable networks like Lifetime and UPtv.
In early 2020, Aya set off to release another single, “Daze”, but with the onset of the global pandemic, all production has halted. Today, Aya is focusing on writing and preproduction for her debut album, which she is very happily doing from the comfort of her own home studio.
Updated March 26, 2020
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