How did you come by your stage / brand name?
Adrian Thomas Townsel is Known as Ayestí, which is fairly new, formerly known as 4gmusiq. I had to change it because the aesthetic of “4gmusiq” did not fit me or the message, it did not really have meaning. Ayestí is pronounced (A-Yes-T) and is simply my initials A.S.T jumbled together. The nontraditional “í” is for Aesthetic. It looks cool.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I discovered my passion for music when I was 11 years old. I realized my passion while watching the voice and hearing different vocality techniques. I knew I could not sing at the time and had no interest in learning, but I always battle rapped with kids in the neighborhood and my brother. I had one line that I would always say, “Tick tock, on the clock” and I thought I was actually dropping bars. The little I knew…
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
The one and only Juice WRLD, J Cole, and my brother all deserve credit for my craft now. I was introduced to many hip hop legends by my brother and “Forest Hills Drive” is one of my all-time favorites. Combining my influences with a similar cadence to Juice WRLD is what I consider my style now.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My current project, Salsa, was made to be an overall vibe. The instrumental has a Latin feel to it and the name of the beat was Salsa before I purchased it.
Ayestí Interview with Muzique Magazine
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenge is finding new flows. A LOT of beats being posted on YouTube have similar 808s or are in the same common minor keys. I’ve made so many bangers that I always resort to old flows. My greatest attribute is my marketing. I know who my fan base is and how to reach them so as far as my work ethic, that’d be my greatest strength.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
No, thekidszn, Darius King, Rarin and many others are ahead of me. I got some work to do.
What are your plans for the near future?
I got some heat in store. A new single coming every month, maybe even two singles each month 🙂
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I’d like to thank Promoting Sounds, SauceOnly, and Jeremy Arthur Morris for inspiring me to improve my music and showing me the way.
How can fans find you?
Fans can hit me up on Instagram @4gmusiq
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Keep grinding and learn everything you can on your own. You’ll be surprised what YouTube can do for you.