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, songwriter, and producer.


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. Known primarily 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.

Solo career[edit]

Ainjel is 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.

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) - 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 P. Lopez. Additional musicians: Anthony P. 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.

Credits as a Session Musician, Producer, and Recording Engineer[edit]

After the release of her second album, Ainjel stepped back from performing and started making her way over to the other side of the glass. She quit her job waiting tables and 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. Ainjel was able to observe and assist many top-tier professionals at work, studying and learning from their respective processes. During this time, she realized that she wanted to be a record producer. She cites working at Threshold while Don Was produced and mentored artists for Season 10 of American Idol as her "aha moment."


Artist Project Role Year
Joji "Sanctuary" (Single) Editor 2019
Nasty Cherry "Win" (Single) Editor 2019
Kills Birds "Ow" (Single) Vocal Production 2019
Pozzi "On Your Level" (Single) Vocal Production, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocals 2019
Harrison Moulton "Cotton Candy" (Single) Producer, Recording Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synth/Keys, Drum Programming 2019
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
Pozzi "Like A Child" (Live Video) Assistant Engineer 2019
Yves Tumor "Superstar" (Single) Editor 2019 (to be released)
Mustangs of The West TBA 2019 (LP) Recording Engineer, Production Assistant 2019 (to be released)
Kills Birds TBA (LP) Vocal Production 2019 (to be released August 2019)
Overcoats "The Fight" (Single) Editor 2019 (to be released)
Pozzi TBA (LP) Vocal Production, Recording Engineer, Bass Guitar, Vocals 2019 (to be released)
Hazel English TBA 2019 (EP) Editor 2019 (to be released)
Ebhoni "Bentayga" (Single) Editor 2019 (to be released)
Deborah Anderson (Director) "Women of the White Buffalo" (Documentary Feature) Recording Engineer, VO Editor 2019 (to be released)
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) Vocal Producer, Editor, Recording Engineer, Organ, Piano, Mellotron 2018
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
Alfa "Spark and Fury" (LP) Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Aditional 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
Melinda Ortner "Can't Find My Way Home" (Steve Windwood cover) Vocals 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

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