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AJ Mitchell Gives RAW Interview

AJ MITCHELL
RAW: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
AJ: I was four-years-old and my dad was learning how to play the piano and becoming a songwriter. I was like, “Oh, I want to do that too.” I did it for fun at first until 8th grade year. I saw a bunch of people getting famous from Instagram and I thought, maybe I can do that too, so I posted a couple videos and it took about a year until some Instagram page found me and gave me a shout-out and it just went from there.

RAW: What was the first cover that really gained traction?
AJ: A Shawn Mendes song!

RAW: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
AJ: I love Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Bryson Tiller, Lil Wayne--I love all types of music, I listen to everything.

RAW: Where’s your favorite place to write music?
AJ: I love to write on my piano--on my keyboard--just by myself, in my room.

RAW: How many songs do you have recorded?
AJ: I have about forty songs that I wrote. Some of them aren’t finished, and then songs that I’ve co-written are about twenty.

RAW: Best city so far that you’ve been on tour?
AJ: Los Angeles. There were the loudest--it was sold out!

Cover: Alpha Industries jacket
TopMan tank
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RAW: You play the piano, do you play any other instruments as well?
AJ: Mainly piano, I mean, just once I started practicing the guitar, and before, I was messing with the drums, but not too serious, just messing around.

RAW: What are some goals you’d like to accomplish throughout your music career?
AJ: I just want to sing. I want to perform my whole life. It would be great to have a number one single or perform at Red Rocks or Madison Square Garden, just all of these amazing places, but mainly I just want to perform for the rest of my life.

RAW: What advice would you give to someone who gets hate on social media or has to deal with a bully online?
AJ: The best response is no response. If you say something, you’re giving them attention, then you’ll just keep getting hate.

RAW: Where do you see yourself in ten years, AJ Mitchell?
AJ: I see myself selling out shows (laughs), you know, on stage performing!

RAW: If there’s one thing you want to be remembered for in this life, what would that one thing be and why?
AJ: I’d want to be known as an amazing songwriter, like, great singer, but amazing songwriter. You know, like The Beatles, everyone is still singing The Beatles. I love The Beatles, I sing The Beatles all the time. It’d be crazy generations down still singing my songs!ᴿᴬᵂ
TALENT: AJ MITCHELL
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