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Meet Amayak47 or AK

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amayak47 or AK.

Hi Amayak47 or AK, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was quite isolated from other kids my age when I was a child. I spent most of my quality time around my older family members who were in their 20s. They are perhaps the greatest influence on my aspirations and tastes. I have this distinct memory of when my brother was driving me home from school when I was seven and he played me Crystal Castles and asked which song I liked the most and I was like, “Alice Practice”. That definitely birthed the loud, synth-heavy sounds I make today. As I grew into my pre-teens, I started posting a lot of videos of me singing covers on Instagram and Youtube to songs like ‘Are You That Somebody’ by Aaliyah, which gained some local reception. That’s when I seriously decided that music would be my life endeavor.

In high school, I had to go to an all-girls private Catholic school. I definitely felt out of place there.

I went to university and studied Computer Science. It definitely informed a lot of my style and the themes of my songs today, the same way Catholic school did. I buried myself in my messy dorm room and made songs on my laptop, spending the lot of my time dissecting music software, screaming into microphones until my neighbors banged on the thin walls for me to stop. I should really get soundproofing hardware.

Post-COVID, I’ve been performing shows and covering myself in blood. I’m still trying to balance studying a subject that doesn’t come easy to me while producing, writing, singing, and mixing all of my songs. It is a toll my body chooses to take. I’m always looking for my next fix where I can yell and jump around and share what I can create. I just want to hug and drown everyone with my music.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been pretty difficult, but I love what I do so much. When I was a Sophomore in college, I was in a really bad spot and had lost my inner voice from a medication I was taking. I remember being in a constant state of panic at the thought of not being able to create anything. I went to a dear friend in a hysterical panic about it and ended up fainting on the street. She nursed me back to sanity. I couldn’t do anything without the support I have, which is quite immense.Those moments of static between periods of immense creation, that can get pretty tortuous. I’ve learned to deal with it and take every difficulty in stride. Every moment is so precious, bad or good. I think taking in every moment translates into your art. Remembering you are merely a vessel for creation is important.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a vocalist, producer, performer, and my mind is perpetually attached to technology at this point. My music has been influenced by genres such as techno, electronic, alternative R&B, drum n’ bass, pop, and punk. Sonically, I like either heavily layering my music or stripping it down to where you can see the bones of the sounds. I’m not sure what I’m known for. Maybe, my voice, and my range of pitch, emotion and style. I’m most proud of pursuing authentic expression. I’m proud of the fact that I make music that strangers love. I’m proud when I make something that can provoke or move somebody at all. I’d say what sets me apart is my intensity and passion for everything I do. That I have stayed connected with my roots and myself in a way that is shown through my songs…

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
It’s definitely both. I’m lucky to have immigrant parents who love and support me unconditionally. I’m lucky to have a brother that let me sit in on him and his friend’s garage band practices. I’m lucky to have realized my passion at such an early age and have stuck with it. But I wasn’t born into stupid money or a family that had any connections to the industry. I never went to art school and probably never will, so I’ve never had a formal education on making music. I also have dealt with pretty severe mental health issues since I was a little kid. Being isolated in your early childhood does something weird to you, but there’s definitely magic in that blank space. I have a hard time sitting still. The things that make you “unlucky” are the things that push you to greater heights and set you apart. I have no real discipline for much else other than music and perhaps taking care of my mental and physical health, which is all that matters to me. I’m really lucky that I’m still here to experience life for all that it is, honestly. I feel lucky every time I make a song or share a moment with anyone.

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Molly Tucker, Dimitry Usov, Jacob Becerra

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