Fresh off the release of his debut album “In The Shape of A Dream”, Detroit-bred artist/producer ayokay offers a colorful introduction into a world of his own through his glossy, escapist electro-pop. Citing inspirations such as Death Cab For Cutie, The 1975, and Passion Pit, he is giving a new life to retro synths and vintage textures from the past and incorporating them into the current landscape of modern electronic music.
ayokay first burst onto the scene in 2016 with his breakthrough single “Kings Of Summer”, featuring childhood friend and frequent collaborator Quinn XCII. The song has tallied over 80 million streams on Spotify, where it also topped the Global Viral 50 Chart, as well as the Viral Charts in United States and Canada. Since then he has continued his upward momentum with the release of his debut EP in October 2016 and a slew of singles in 2017, which have accumulated over 135 million total streams on Spotify. The steady stream of releases have been praised by a variety of tastemakers such Billboard for “organic production and quirky sonic textures that eludes many of ayokay’s peers.”
His latest project “In The Shape of A Dream” was released on August 31 and is his first full-length effort. The album includes collaborations with Quinn XCII, Jeremy Zucker, Nightly, and Future Jr., amongst others, and also features ayokay on lead vocals for the first time on a number of tracks. In a singles-driven music landscape, ayokay uses this project as an attempt to restore the feeling of connecting to a cohesive body of work, offering listeners a 30-minute journey into a world of his own design.
On the live front, ayokay wrapped up a winding 36-city tour alongside Gryffin in Fall of 2017. In Fall 2018 he will debut his brand new live show while supporting synth-wave band The Midnight, and will follow that up with a 9-city run of his first ever headline shows