Music has significantly changed in the modern world, focusing more on production and beats than heartfelt lyrics and captivating melodies. Fortunately, Ayrton Jimenez, an upcoming singer-songwriter, is here to leave his imprint on the music world by shining a light on a young man’s feelings as he navigates heartbreak and loss in the modern world. Born and raised in the UK, he has managed to create a unique identity and sound by embracing his Colombian heritage and fusing his singer-songwriter background with his Latin roots.
This versatile musician’s skills might seem prodigal, but he’s the first one to pursue music in his family. He didn’t inherit these skills through the passing of genes. Instead, it required a musical obsession and hard work. Ayrton first became interested in music when he was five. He would perform Elvis Presley’s songs to his class. Eventually, he picked up classical and flamenco guitar when he was eight. As a result, he quickly fell in love with these instruments and playing music. He grew up studying music, attending lessons, and competing in national music competitions, most of which he won.
Playing other people’s music was always fun, but as the musician’s craft grew, so did his interest in songwriting. He wanted to make his own music and play it in front of a live audience, experiencing the thrill and adrenaline of people singing his words back to him. So his parents decided to enroll him in the Southwest School of Music to help him hone his songwriting skills.
Since Ayrton Jimenez’s first foray into the musical world involved the guitar, most of his primary influencers stem from musicians who can shred the guitar like it’s no one’s business. He particularly looked up to musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., and John Mayer. However, his influences changed as he became more interested in songwriting, particularly being inspired by iconic songwriters like Prince, David Bowie, Kate Bush, and The Beatles. His influences have continued to expand as he earns his stripes in the music world and tries to draw on these influences to create his own distinct sound.
This emerging pop sensation decided to travel to Latin America to get further in touch with his Latin roots and seek inspiration from Latin influences. The journey proved successful because he took the live music scene in Buenos Aires by storm, regularly filling clubs and bars citywide. He also had the opportunity to support huge Argentinian artists like Mery Grandos in live performances. The experience proved to be a great learning opportunity for Ayrton, and he returned to Bristol, his hometown, with new ideas.
Ayrton Jimenez has since released several new captivating singles, experimenting with different genres and sounds as a singer-songwriter. He always emphasized writing music that makes people think and feel emotions. However, he also recently taught himself production because it was necessary for his career to flourish. Most artists struggle to release as much music as they would like because they must collaborate with producers to put the finishing touches on their singles and albums before releasing them to the public but learning to produce prevents these issues for Ayrton. In addition, the production also helps him express his ideas more easily. His latest single, You’re On My Mind, sees Ayrton depart from his usual acoustic sound to a more experimental one.
It is no secret that a life of a musician is never easy, however, Ayrton Jimenez has never been afraid to overcome hurdles. For instance, he left Bristol and moved to Argentina to progress as a musician, which he believes was important in his growth as embracing unfamiliarity is crucial to development. Hence, his debut single, Downtown BA, pays homage to Buenos Aires, where he started his music career.