INTERVIEW: Aint Afraid

Hi ladies, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We are doing great and staying busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “LBP”?

LBP is our long awaited music video. The single was released July 31, 2020 and collectively gained over a million streams with over 940,000 on Spotify alone.  It’s a song to empower people who are generally silenced in society based on their identities or personalities.  We initially worked with a production company  to make a music video but the results were unacceptable so we didn’t publish it for the world to see.  We owed it to our fans to try again because the 30 second clip we did share of the footage we were able to capture that day went viral with everyone asking, “So where’s the video?” 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes, the video starts by saying based on a true story. We have been challenged most of our lives with being black, being muslim, and being women. People seem surprised to see how confident and outspoken we are. being constantly challenged or judged definitely helped to inspire LBP.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We loved shooting this video. It took a total of about 20 hours over the course of 2 days to complete. We had to change into different outfits for the different careers we wanted to represent in the storyline. The initial idea when we first tried to make the video included us being on a farm with goats to really bring the LBP (Little Bo Peep) character to life.  This one is the total opposite being more colorful, quirky, and we had acting roles to  show parts of our personality. 

Why naming the band after the band?

Naming the album Ain’t Afraid by Aint Afraid was to highlight a couple of things:1. We wanted to point out that our band name does not have an apostrophe but the album itself does. 2. We wanted our fans to have a sense of being Aint Afraid themselves when listening to our music. Aint Afraid is not just about us but we are a movement for those who are not afraid to make a positive difference in the world by using their own voice and talent.

How was the recording and writing process?

We’ve come to learn our writing process differs from most. One of us comes up with either a chorus or a verse. The other just naturally adds to it and we just keep going. By the time we’re in the studio, we have an entire finished song, we just need a beat. 

What role does Metro Detroit play in your music?

We were born in Baltimore and moved to Metro Detroit when we were 4. Both places helped to shape our view of the world which we share through our music. It’s very inspiring to know so much history and talent have come from Detroit representing different genres from Stevie Wonder to Big Sean. 

What aspect of the world today did you get to explore on this record? 

That’s such a great question because we refer to our songs as being our hug to the world. We touched on mental health by incorporating interludes of affirmations that include growth, self-love, self-care, and telling our story through song to help others who can relate or help them to understand. We definitely touched on faith in many of the songs for those who believe in a higher power as our faith plays an important role in our everyday life and decisions.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Life. Whether it is our own personal story or a story we know of, we are able to tell it in our own way with our own words and feelings. Music has gotten us through some tough times in our life growing up through homeslessness, poverty, etc.. We were taught to look at whatever good we can from any situation and learn from the bad so we tend to look at it and make it into a song, poem, play, or whatever comes to mind.

What else is happening next in Aint Afraid’s world?

We are working on more projects to bring more music, videos, content, and collaborations. These are the moves we are working on at present so stay tuned we have more to come!Thank you so much for this interview. It was nicely organized and fun to answer. We look forward to working with you again in the future. 

Aint Afraid - LBP ft. Ventaged [Official Music Video]

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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