Does anybody say what they mean anymore?

Talk so cheap everybody can afford,

But my silence is golden, every word carefully chosen

Is AHI your real name?

It’s about as real as my real name is. But no, A-H-I are the initials of my full name, Ahkinoah Habah Izarh.


How do you pronounce that?

It’s pronounced “eye”, like the ninth letter of the alphabet.


No, how do you pronounce the full name?

Very carefully. Just try your best, but remember it’s a soft K and the H’s are silent.


What’s up with the hat?

I consider it a part of my uniform. But if you come to one of my live shows, you’ll get to see the hat and maybe even hear a great story about it.


But isn’t that a jockey hat?

Not a jockey hat. It’s Equestrian.


What’s the difference?

Do your googles.


Do you sleep with your hat on?

Really? I think that’s a bit personal. Do you sleep with your hat on?


What genre do you consider yourself?

I’m a songwriter-singer but if you ask different people they’ll say different things. Maybe I’m Alt-Folk, Indie Pop, Indie Soul, Adult Alternative, or even Americana (even though I’m from Canada). I guess my genre depends on who’s listening.


Who’s your favourite musician of all time?

My pantheon is Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur (2Pac) and Michael Jackson. But if I had to pick one, it would forever be Marley.


Man, where did you get that voice?

Honestly, idk. I wasn’t really a good singer growing up, but the simple answer is I just started to learn how to listen to myself. I’m still learning how to use my voice.


What’s the first song you ever learned to sing?

Feliz Navidad. And I hope no one ever finds that tape because it might ruin one of my fondest memories.


Do you always wear all black?

All black everything. All the time. Ok, maybe not all of the time but about 99% of the time.


Did you really backpack across Ethiopia?

I did. I also backpacked across Trinidad, and Ontario, Canada.


Why?

The question is the answer. I know it’s deep, but it’s true.


What was the Tiny Desk Concert like?

One of the highlights of my career.


How tiny is the desk?

It’s the biggest tiny desk I’ve ever seen.


What’s up with your drummer’s faces?

I’m pretty sure he has an FAQ on his site and if I know him, that’ll be the first question he answers.