“Unitsi” meaning Mother in Cherokee and “Ai” meaning Love in Japanese, she comes from a heritage of both. Austin Musick, aka
Unitsi Ai, has written poetry since she was a child. She took a few piano lessons at the age of nine but was chastised and discouraged from continuing after her teacher caught her playing by ear and memory rather than reading the sheet music. Nevertheless as an artist, she was determined to create, somehow, someway. She studied Theatre at the University of Tennessee and graduated with high marks, however she was never cast in any of the musicals. In fact, it took nearly 15 more years before she would return to her roots of poetry that would shortly later provide the springboard to her music career.
Where are you based?
Los Angeles, CA
How long have you been making music?
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Pop, jazz, neo soul
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
It feeds my soul, exorcises my demons, and is what I believe I was put on this earth to do
What are your biggest musical influences?
Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, Erykah Badu
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Coming in late in the game, not being professionally trained or educated, learning it all on my own, trusting the wrong people, not knowing the ins and outs of the business and having to learn it by trial and error.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
2 EP’s and a total of 12
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
Influenced by some fo my favorites including Linda Perry, Aaron Neville, and Bill Withers, I wrote this song in my living room and collaborated with my producer, Anthony Galatis, who was working in his London based studio, Uptown Studio. I recorded all the vocals in my living room.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Lots more to come! But budget is tight at the moment, and considering I am 100% self funded its taking time to pay for it all. But there will certainly be more before the years end. I am also writing a musical that will tell my life story as well as include all of the music I have created since the very first song.