Ainjel Emme

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Ainjel Emme
Background information
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician, producer, recording engineer
Associated actsPuscifer

Ainjel Emme (born September 28, 1978) is an American musician, producer, songwriter, and recording engineer.


Born in Martinez, California, Ainjel Emme (pronounced "angel em") spent her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Venice, California before landing in Austin, Texas in 1991. Though she initially came to prominence as a singer-songwriter, Ainjel is also a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and audio engineer.

She currently lives in Los Angeles and is a partner/owner at multimedia company Block of Joy.

As a Session Musician, Music Producer, and Recording Engineer[edit]

After releasing two independent solo albums, Ainjel stepped back from her efforts as a singer-songwriter to pursue a studio career. She found work as a production assistant at Threshold Sound + Vision (formerly Scotti Brothers Records), which led to a job in the studio at Interscope Geffen A&M in Los Angeles, where she worked as an engineering and studio assistant for three years. In 2015, she co-founded Block of Joy, a multimedia production house and private recording studio. She has since become a respected vocal specialist and indie record producer.


Artist Project Role Year
Yves Tumor "Heaven To A Tortured Mind" (LP) Vocal Editor 2020
Stephanie Poetri "Touch" (Single) Vocal Production, Additional Engineering, Keys Bass 2020
THE TURNING: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Judas Kiss" (Lawrence Rothman Ft. MUNA)

"Take No Prisoners" (Living Things Ft. Sunflower Bean)

"SkindeepSkyhighHeartwide" (Lawrence Rothman Ft. Pale Waves)

Additional Engineering 2020
Hazel English "Wake UP" (LP) Vocal Production, Additional Engineering 2020
The Mastersons "No Time For Love Songs" (LP) Recording Engineer, Additional Engineering 2020
Mustangs of The West Time (LP) Recording Engineer, Production Assistant 2020
Alfa "Dragonfly (Alindahaw)" (Single) Producer, Recording Engineer, Melodica, Wurlitzer, Additional Engineering 2020
Tommy Genesis "Cinderelly" (Single) Vocal Production 2019
Joji "Sanctuary" (Single) Additional Engineering 2019
Ekali, Ft. Wafia "Be Fine" (Single) Additional Engineering 2019
Nasty Cherry "Win" (Single)

"Live Forever" (Single)

Editor, Additional Engineering

Additional Engineering, Bass

Kills Birds "Kills Birds" (LP) Vocal Production, Additional Engineering 2019
Hazel English "Shaking" (Single) Vocal Production, Additional Engineering 2019
Liily "Wash" (Single) Assistant Recording Engineer, Additional Engineering 2019
Overcoats "Keep The Faith" (Single) Additional Engineering 2019
Jelani Aryeh "Helvetica" (LP)

"Decide" (Single)

Vocal Production, Additional Engineering 2019
Tom Meny "Bend Over Backwards" (Single) Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer 2019
Harrison Moulton "Be The One" (Single)

"Cotton Candy" (Single)

Producer, Recording Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synth/Keys, Drum Programming 2019
Pozzi "This Perfect Storm" (Single)

"On Your Level" (Single)

"Like A Child" (Live Video)

Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Editor, Bass, Backing Vocals

Vocal Production, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocals

Assistant Engineer

Julia Paymer "No Right" (Single) Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixer 2019
King's Prophet "Give It Time" (Single) Vocal Production, Recording Engineer 2019
Dan Navarro "Shed My Skin" (LP) Assistant Engineer 2019
Deborah Anderson (Director) "Women of the White Buffalo" (Documentary Feature) Recording Engineer, VO Editor 2019
Inch Chua "Done For Me" (Charlie Puth cover) Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixer 2018
BuzzFeed "See Something, Say Something" (Podcast) Recording Engineer 2018
Taylor James "Most Of All" (Single) Assistant Engineer 2018
Alfa "Fool's Gold" (Single)

"Spark and Fury" (LP)

Vocal Producer, Editor, Recording Engineer, Organ, Piano, Mellotron

Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Additional Vocals

Leslie Nuss "V" (LP) Producer, Recording Engineer, Editor, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keys, Programming, Additional Vocals 2018
Rie Daisies "Monstress" (LP) Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixer, Synth/Keys, Programming, Acoustic Guitar, Additional Vocals 2018
The Absolute "Time Will Tell" (EP) Assistant Engineer 2016
Cameron Daddo "Songs From The Shed" (LP) Vocals on "Steve McQueen" and "Wrestling with Angels" 2015
Dio "Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo" (DVD) Mix Assistant (Tape Transfers) 2014
KISS "Love Gun (Deluxe): 40th Anniversary Edition" (LP) Mix Assistant (Tape Transfers) 2014
Deborah Falconer "Lift Your Gaze" (LP) Vocals on "Lift Your Gaze" and "Color Your World," Graphic Design 2014
Nakia "Make Up With A Gun" (Single) Vocals 2013
The Seems "Buysexual" (Single) Producer, Assistant Engineer 2012
Karlis "Without A Stain" (Single) Producer, Songwriter, Keys, Bass, Vocals 2012
Akaylah "You Never Let Me Down" (Single) Producer, Songwriter, Piano, Vocals 2012
Jessarae "Pilot" (LP) Bass, Piano 2011
Rochelle Diamante "Breaking Free" (Single) Producer, Songwriter, Keys, Programming, Assistant Engineer, Vocals 2011
Puscifer "V" is for Viagra: The Remixes Acoustic Guitar and Vocals on "Momma Sed (Tandemonium Remix)" 2008
Puscifer "V" Is for Vagina (LP) Acoustic Guitar and Vocals on "Momma Sed", Vocals on "The Undertaker" 2007
Shandon Sahm "Knock Yourself Out" (LP) Lead Guitar, Vocals 2006
Tony Scalzo "I Only Remember The Good" (Single) Vocals 2004

Solo career[edit]

In the 2000s, Ainjel established herself as an independent recording artist. Her musical style lies somewhere between roots rock and indie, but she often ventures into pop, electronic music, folk, and even metal. She is a mezzo-soprano and plays acoustic and electric guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Though she has backed off of releasing her own original music in favor of her career as a producer and engineer, she still occasionally releases songs and performs around Los Angeles (both solo and as an accompanist).

Heartache Is Boring (Album)[edit]

In 2003, Ainjel independently released her debut album, Heartache is Boring. Recorded at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Country Club studio and co-produced with Mat Mitchell (Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails) and Kyle Ellison (Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers), Heartache received positive critical acclaim and was named as one of the Top 10 CDs of the Year at Austin's KUT 90.5 FM. The album features Gabriel Garza on bass and Kyle Schneider on drums, with the exception of the single "Long As It's Sweet," on which Ainjel performed all instrumental duties. The album was mastered by Jim Wilson and Brian Gardner.

Everyone Is Beautiful (Album)[edit]

Everyone is Beautiful was written and recorded in Los Angeles. After leaving Austin in 2004, Ainjel took a job waiting tables in Venice and began tracking new material with her friend, Rob Black, an aspiring recording engineer who worked in the kitchen at the same restaurant. Musical guests on this record include Steve Postell (resonator), Chris Joyner (keys), Alex Balderston (bass), Ray Prim (vocals), Richard Sherwood (drums), Terence Leclere (harmonium), and April Stephens (violin). The album was mixed by Todd Bergman and mastered by Gil Tamazyan.

"The Down Song" was featured during the opening sequence of R. Ellis Frazier's feature, "Dead Drop" (2013). "Straight To Hell" and "The Priest" were featured on episodes of MTV's Teen Mom.

Solo Discography[edit]


  • Everyone Is Beautiful (2011 - out of print) - Producer, songwriter, recording engineer, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass, piano, keys, programming.
  • Heartache is Boring (2003) - Producer, songwriter, recording engineer, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass, piano, keys.


  • They Promised You America: Quiet Hour Demos Vol. 1 (2005 - out of print) - Producer, songwriter, recording engineer, mixer, vocals, guitar, keys, percussion.


  • Damn The Moon (2014) - Producer, songwriter, assistant engineer, vocals, electric guitar, bass. Recording and Mixing Engineer: Todd Bergman. Additional musicians: Anthony P. Lopez (drums), Michael S. Pozzi (lead guitar).
  • This Business Will Break Your Heart (2017) - Producer, songwriter, recording engineer, acoustic guitar, bass. Recording and Mixing Engineer: Anthony Paul Lopez. Additional musicians: Anthony Paul Lopez (drums), Aubrey Richmond (violin), Keith Snow (cello), Jon Titterington (trumpet), Charles D. Lopez (violin).

Cover Songs[edit]

In 2011-2012, Ainjel published a live series of cover songs on YouTube. Her version of "Disarm" by Smashing Pumpkins was selected in 2013 to lead the playlist of covers on the band's official YouTube page, where it is still #1. Her performance of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" was licensed by Lifetime to promote their 2016 movie adaptation of My Sweet Audrina.

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