Today we’d like to introduce you to Éno Ajueyitsi.
Éno, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story begins with a cut-out bucket, laid with a cloth and tight rubber bands. My father created my first drum ever, and the fire towards my goals started at the young age of five. Skip ten years into the future, after returning from a boarding school in Nigeria, I’m a jazz studies student at the audition-only high school, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. (the Same highschool Dave Chappelle attended.) I’m singing jazz, beatboxing in the hallways, freestyling on marimba, jamming on drumset, and discovering new music from my friends with my sony portable CD player. Life is as easy as saying hello to the girl you have a crush on or getting good grades in science class.
The college years at Berklee College of Music is where I started to learn what direction I would take. Discover what I wanted to do with my life. I learned that I enjoyed seeing the smiles of others when they heard themselves in their own record. When their hard work came to life. I loved the closed eyes they’d have when they could get lost in the crowd to their favorite song remixed into danceable melodies and beats. I wanted to produce, mix, and DJ. I wanted to create that crowd for my best friends, and share the stage with them. That to me is true love, true happiness… you know?
So I focused all my efforts on creating that path. I Dj’ed one of the first black school radio stations with two friends, and I started a company called ROTU (Rhythm of the Universe) with a group of 12 other friends. With ROTU, we sat the world in a room and created a world anthem with almost 120 people. It was cool until it crashed and burned, but it was beautiful. That’s where I met Sean Wright, Patty Ane Miller, Uyanga Bold, Robert Rex Jordan, Anthony Truss, Emir Cerman, Jordan Brown, and many others that currently do amazing things in LA (and beyond).
Currently, I live in the grinding gears of New York City. Producing music for artists, Mixing records, Dj’ing clubs, playing percussions for bands, and putting on the corporate duds from time to time. Super presently, I’m releasing a few records of my on, a short film score for a short film, and a beat compilation tape, so that’s exciting.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are no smooth roads on the path to artistry. We live in a time of diminishing intelligence, and diminishing wealth in America. Not having the income to support the dream is the main one, and with that comes depression and mental stagnation. Mentel health dies in the absence of success. That stress can sometimes create beautiful art pieces, but most time it just makes you suffer. Mental health is important. Health is important.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
IIINO the brand is an organization that produces, engineers, and releases high-quality music content. IIINO the individual is a DJ, performer, singer, vocal coach, and drummer.
I’m currently proud of the work that got me a studio to work out of, and the releases currently on streaming. What sets me apart, is the variety of high-quality work that I can deliver. I do so much! 🙂
What were you like growing up?
Ha! I was a weirdo as a kid and still weird now! In all seriousness, I’ve always loved the rebels, the outsiders, the underdogs. I felt like I connected to those titles the most because of my Nigerian name and culture. My musical tastes growing up black also kept me isolated from the popular circle up until highschool.
My siblings and I love everything except gentrified country. We grew up jamming to Daft Punk, Blink182, Sum41, Tiesto, Dungeon Family, everything Timbaland, Earth Wind & Fire, and many many more. We also loved watching anime before we knew it was called anime and played most of the video games that came out at the time. From 007 on N64 to Pokemon on Gameboy color, we competed and ended being the best in our friend circles.
- Mixing Services – $100 Per mix (One edit included.)
- Mastering Services – $Per Master (One edit included)
- Remixing – $200 Per track (up to 5 Stems)
- Producing a Record – $500 Per Track (Full copyright Ownership. 10 points to me.)
- $300 Per Track (%50 Copyright ownership. Split all income %50.)
- $200 Per track (%100 Copyright ownership to me. Split all income. %50.)
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