Art is a perfect way to express oneself. It allows one to vent suppressed feelings, voice the hidden and to unabashedly live as oneself with all the scars that speak of one’s struggle and strife. In times of hardship, turmoil and darkness, most people tend to give in to the pressure and go down a path that brings nothing but failure; they make choices that ruin their lives completely. Some, however, use their pain to carve new opportunities for themselves; they explore and experiment with various crafts and form their own niche. They find joy, a sense of belonging, a sense of closure – they even find themselves.
It is no secret that most great artists have made this choice to combat a turbulent past, and Ayce Nyce is no exception. He found himself at this crossroads, at the ripe age of 13, where one path would have led to violence and destruction while the harder way would lead to closure, acknowledgment and acceptance of oneself – a reflexive process that would result in self-satisfaction and fulfillment. He decided to choose the latter, one that was harder yet worthwhile – through this, he let out his pain not through violence but art. From the tender age of 13, he started playing the piano; the discipline and focus that this craft brought was unparalleled and it led to exceptional growth in his character.
Born in Compton, California, Ayce believed his life would follow a certain trajectory, however he was met with challenges from a very young age. In his school, bullying and new forms of peer pressure surfaced and Ayce decided to take things in his own hands when he took a gun to the school. As expected, not only was he caught but he was also expelled from the school. Upon shifting to Carson, an area that Ayce perceived a rather well-to-do one in the suburbs, he expected a smooth ride but was appalled to find gang culture in that area as well. He realized that this culture was not only toxic but also degrading for everyone involved; he first handedly observed its negative impacts on the community and vouched never to participate in it himself. The upside to his time at Carson was that he was exposed to a world that was filled with the message of peace and love – art. It was then that his life changed for the better.
Today, he is the producer of a mixtape titled Compton2Carson that highlights his journey from Compton to Carson, an undoubtedly memorable one. His mantra is, ‘it pays to be Nyce’ that vividly encapsulates his learning from his own life. Rebuttal and violence does not achieve anything, what truly sets a mark is the kindness that one exhibits at times of crisis. His songs are widely available and popular; they are found on multiple streaming platforms such as Apple, Spotify, Youtube and Tidal. His music is a testament to his pain and the subsequent growth he experienced. It details his journey as a musician and more importantly, as an evolved man. Hence, it holds a lot of value to his audience too who can experience his sentiments through the song. In their own way, they are able to relate with his words of pain and hardship and they find their own much needed closure. Hence, Ayce’s music is a message of hope and peace for them. It comes as no surprise that his Instagram sports a considerable following of 11,000 people, who celebrate and relate to his work and recognize his journey as significant. These people are integral to his success and their response to his music really does wonders. From a young boy who learned to play the piano as a coping mechanism, today, his words do just that for the rest of the world. If you want to know more about him, his Instagram is “@aycenyce”.