AYER is a Brooklyn based vocalist, electronic recording and visual artist. The result of collaborations with an international roster of producers, his recorded music and live full-band performances infuse nostalgic disco, R&B and electro-pop.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I’m an electronic recording artist from NYC. I’m inspired by 90’s R&B and late 70’s disco for the most part, but my influences are so varied. I’ve been releasing music independently since October of 2013, and in the past almost two years have collaborated with artists and producers around the world: Russia, Netherlands, Brooklyn to LA… Hoping to grow that list this year!
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on? I have an EP that came out on 4/28 on iTunes called In My Headphones. It’s a snapshot of the relationships in my life over the past year or two, and my first collection of work. I’m stoked to release it! It’s available here.
What are you currently watching on Netflix/what’s on your Netflix queue? Oh man, so much lately. I just finished Bloodline, so good. It’s not on Netflix, but High Maintenance is at the top of my queue.
How did your interest in music begin? I’m told I was most happy as a baby when my mom put me in front of MTV. I’d say I got hooked sometime around then.
How has living in Brooklyn affected your music? I’ve written a lot of melodies and lyrics and come up with great ideas just walking around the city singing to myself. The city is completely non-judgmental and a perfect backdrop for creating.
Do you get fan mail? What’s been the most exciting thing you have received from a fan? I do! I really enjoy getting messages from couples that tell me one of my songs helped them through a tough time or is “their song.”
What was the last show you went to that stuck out to you? Mikky Ekko and Haerts were on a lineup at Brooklyn Bowl last fall; it was a great night of incredible vocalists and indie pop.
What is your snack/beverage of choice when recording? 3 W’s: Water, whiskey, weed.
What do you do when you’re not working on music? I run a lot in the city and along the rivers when it’s nice enough, and I try to get out to cause trouble as much as I can.
What are you really excited about right now? My Saturn Return.
If you hadn’t become a musician, what do you think you’d be doing? Losing myself in a foreign country.
Can you share one of the best or worst reactions you have gotten as a result of your music? I’ve been told by many fans and friends alike that my journey and music has inspired them to follow their dreams. It’s a compliment, a reaction, that always stops me. Worst reaction: “Sounds like the old guy from Family Guy.” Which I happily accept.