Aye Tee

  • Genres
  • Hip-Hop
  • R&B
  • Rap
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Hip-Hop/Rap ★
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Live Performer ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Hip-Hop/Rap ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Winner★ Emcee ★Editor's Choice1st PlaceTied
  • Musicians
    • Aye Tee — emcee, engineer, mixing & mastering, producer, songwriter
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


"Keep Ya Head Up" by 2Pac.

How do you describe your music to people?


The perfect blend of underground and commercial music.

Tell us about how you first started gigging.


The first show I did was based off of an opportunity that was presented to me. I went and did the show, had a great time, it went really well, and that’s when I knew—this is my calling!

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


I’ve done so many over the years, it’s hard to pick... I’d have to say the one I just recently did at Ace of Spades (12.29, Too Short). It was sold-out, the energy when I performed was awesome, and when I was performing "Sushi," to hear people singing along was a thrill. That has to be my favorite for sure!

Tell us about your worst gig.


I did an event in 2012 where my mic went out not once, but twice! I STILL performed with NO MIC; It was pretty terrible, but fun at the same time. I think folks respected the fact that I just wouldn’t quit!

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


I’m not embarrassed to support any type of music/artist I like!

What was the first song you learned to play?


"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion (taught myself on the piano).

What's next for you?


Stay tuned to find out!

What's the story behind your stage name?


My name actually is an abbreviation for an old nickname I had in high school when I was playing basketball ("A-Train"). One of my friends had the same nickname, same number as me, but he played football. One of my friends was like “Well, just go by A.T.!”, and I did, and the spelling evolved into what it is now as time went on!

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Quincy Black - BCE/Drip Squad.

Who are your biggest influences?


Personally: My family. Musically: 2Pac is my favorite artist of all time.

Who first inspired you to play music?


Michael Jackson.

Words to live by?


Dream. Strive. Achieve.

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