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Meet AJ Jenkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to AJ Jenkins.

AJ, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, I grew up in Upstate New York. When I was sixteen years old, my father and I built a recording studio in the basement of our house this was a huge thing for me; I’ve been very fortunate that even though we never had much my parents always supported my dreams and have stood by me since the beginning. I spent all my time in that studio studying all I could about music I just wanted to learn everything. At age 22, I was contacted by a friend to see if I was interested in moving to Los Angeles to work on a project, so I decided to drop my life as an athletic training student which I was in college studying for at the time. Once I got here I knew I was home over the past five years I’ve been blessed to produce, mix, and or engineer for artists such as Raven-Symone (Weird day), Jason Derulo, KJ-52 (Victory Lap), Jordin Sparks (Real Love feat. Elijah Blake), Mila J, Jagged edge and many other amazing musical minds. I now hold an AA Degree in audio engineering from the Los Angeles Film School and get to wake up each day helping others bring their song ideas to life.

Has it been a smooth road?
Any creative will tell you that chasing music is never a smooth road. Ive been very blessed to have had many mentors on my journey and each of them hold a close place to my heart because they have each taught me different lessons equally as valuable.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a record producer and an audio engineer, my job is to take a songwriter or recording artist’s idea for a song and help them find the best path for that song to live sonically in our world. I get to design sonic palettes the way a painter designs color palettes for a canvas. I spend a lot of energy when it comes to the vocal production of a song. Vocal production in itself is an art form. The same way a composer sits and diligently arranges a piece of music, I take that same care when arranging vocals for a recording.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
When it comes to entertainment, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be. So many artists are here and so the community is quite large regarding creative people. I think it’s very important to have a great circle of friends. I’m so thankful everyday for the people I’ve been blessed with in my journey.

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Ron Dadon, Roger Will

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