I discovered STINT on SoundCloud not too long ago, I was listening to Gallant‘s “Weight In Gold,” (which has had 3 and a half million plays on SoundCloud) and the production instantly stood out to me. It’s cool, current, unique but appealing to the masses, everything that’s right with pop at the moment. So I reached out via Twitter (as one does these days), started speaking with STINT (real name Ajay) and decided to do a little interview.
Get to know the super talented STINT and have a listen below. You won’t regret it.
Tell us a bit about yourself… where did you get the name STINT from and what does it mean?
It’s a fairly mundane answer but if I’m being honest, it was a SoundCloud url that wasn’t taken yet lol. Band/artist names have always been tricky and I’m honestly happy to have something that’s just easy to pronounce and remember. After living with it for a year now, it has taken on a bit of a meaning for me. I seem to grow and change contsantly and never stick with one thing for too long.
How would you describe your style?
What influences you?
I’m interested in motown and soul chords lately. Like the chord progressions used in those styles. I love cinematic sounding stuff and I’m fascinated with the PC music movement out of the UK. I was working on a track for the new Charli XCX record and Sophie did some stuff with one of my beats that blew my mind.
I’ve seen you are working with Jhene Aiko,who I am a big fan of. Who has been your favourite person to work with and why?
Yah she’s rad. Honestly I’d have to say Gallant, which seems a little obvious since his tracks have probably been the most successful thing of mine that’s come out so far. But honestly even if no one cared what we were doing… he’s just amazing to work with and chill with. Really really good dude.
How long have you been doing music and how did you get into it?
Forever. My mom was a piano teacher so I was always around it growing up. I played drums for hardcore bands in high school and then took a course on sound design for movies which kinda taught me how to produce.
What is your advice for any producers or artists trying to get into the industry?
I think just make sure you’re constantly making music and challenging your standards. Rick Nowels, a writer I used to work with, told me once “the cream always rises to the top” like in a coffee haha. I think he meant that if you’re making good music that people want to hear, it’s going to get heard and you’re gonna do just fine.
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