Hunjiya Shares New Album ‘Khamai’

“My new album is brimming with themes: Code switching- how you change yourself slightly depending on who you’re with and what is happening. The concept of a chameleon- how the animal changes colors based on what environment they’re in. In this case, I am the chameleon, and my behaviors, feelings, actions, etc. are all changing based on the situation. People give the advice of ‘being yourself’ but they don’t talk about how there’s not just one version of yourself. There’s multiple that add up to who you are. As for the title itself, chameleon comes from the Greek word “‘khamai’ meaning ‘on the ground, earth’ and ‘leon’ meaning ‘lion’,” says Hunjiya.

“For this album, I wrote all the songs, produced the majority, and then received help to solidify the songs from my talented collaborators. For ‘Favorite’, producer Millic helped with finding instruments and samples that blended much better, for ‘TALK2ME!’, producers Millic, EOH, and IOAH helped with solidifying the instruments and the drum programming, and for last month’s rent, EOH rearranged and re-produced the intimate album finale with the simple demo I gave him. For ‘Outgrown’ and ‘Masquerade’ singer-songwriter/composer Mingjia helped me compose the orchestral arrangements (with the additional help from EOH on ‘Outgrown’), and violinist Gabe Miller played the parts beautifully. My mixing engineer, James Fouren also helped immensely as he meticulously mixed all of the songs and made sure that I was involved within the process of it. I’m really grateful for all of these collaborators’ help and willingness to spend long, countless hours working on this album. The songs were truly able to come to life with their contributions.”