Oyinda: When the vibe is right,
the vibe is right

Who: Oyinda
Where she was born: D.C.
Where she lives now: New York
What she does: Singer, songwriter, producer


Born in D.C., but:
Funny enough, I don’t think I lived there, though… I’ll have to ask my mum about that one.

Where she lives now:
New York! Been here a year and still don’t have furniture, but my blowup couches are on point!

What good energy means to her:
When the vibe is right, the vibe is right.

If she were a sound, it would be:
A bowed double bass during a solo. Slow and sauntering… definitely in minor.

What she believes in:
Constant growth.

What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
Too much repetition, too little ingenuity. I think people worry too much about trends or what other people are doing when it comes to creating. You can hear it in music and see it fashion of course, but how are you going to stand out or do you if you’re worried about what other people are doing. Take it further, you know?

If she could see broad social disruption in one aspect, it would be:
I don’t really know… maybe ‘the ban of the selfie’ for a week. No longer than that though. Those would be dark times… I can’t go a week without a Beyoncé selfie.

Heavy rotation:
Jhené Aiko. Her new singles are giving me so much life right now, and I still listen to “Sailing Soul(s).” Also, there’s always a Kanye track somewhere in my playlists.

Something that has surprised her recently:
How small this world can really be.

With whom she would like most to go on a tête à tête:
Both Blue Ivy Carter and North West. I feel like they’d have the best stories. In all seriousness though, Sia. She’s such a great writer and I’d love to hang and learn from her. Same goes for Grimes. I think we’re kindred spirits based solely on her tumblr and tweets.

Style icon:
Gwen Stefani and Rihanna… It really depends on my mood though. I go between androgyny, femininity, and masculinity always. One minute I want to wear something bold, the next I want to wear something sleek and understated. I’m a true lady boy when it comes to fashion.

Oyinda’s WILD Wish:
To work with Kanye. I respect his artistry a lot.

Photos courtesy Michael Leviton

text by: Blaine Skrainka

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