Born in the UK of Norwegian/Jamaican descent, her early musical influences stem from her mothers eclectic record collection which included the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Eagles, and Orchestra Baobab.
She spent some formative years under the guidance of concert pianist Ariana Prussner who schooled her in both piano and singing. Songwriting from a young age she has collaborated with producers such as Mark Force (Bugz in the Attic), and Ed Robinson (Shabba Ranks, Snoop Dogg).
AiNA developed a passion for electronic music, which she established in London’s illegal rave scene in the early noughties. Inspired by sound systems such as Random Sound & HeadFf*ck, her love affair with Drum & Bass, Techno and House took shape.
In 2001 she met Natty Speaks and began a long lasting partnership co-fronting a number of live bands. Sweetoof was a Trip-Hop outfit likened to Morcheeba, Kaya was alternative Ska band and the True Ingredients incorporate live Hip-Hop with Funk & Jazz. AiNA & Natty also founded Defcon Workshops in 2004, delivering music workshops to young people all around the UK.
Her career then took a change in direction when she joined The Dustaphonics (Dirty Water). As lead vocalist for this explosive vintage rock’nroll/rockabilly band, The Dustaphonics marked a coming of age where her energetic live shows and abilities as a solo lead was solidified.
In 2012 ROXX released her Debut EP “Word On The Street”. The record incorporated many of the genres she had experimented with, combining heavy rock riffs with strong soulful vocals, punchy raps and catchy hook lines. The EP was recorded at Sphere studios in London, and mixed by Adrian Hall (Britney Spears, Slipknot).
Since then AiNA has been on a mission to explore new territories as a music producer, which has led her on a path of studies culminating in a BA at the London College of Music. She is currently developing a new sound and continues to draw influence from a multitude of genres.
In 2014 she joined the Stereo MCs and is currently a touring member of the band.
She continues to feature with the True Ingredients who recently signed a deal with BBE records, with whom she written and performed music licensed to popular TV show Skins (Channel 4).
More recently she has written music that has been licensed to SATV.
(Photo: Karen Roberts)