“Making music and the process of making music is my favourite thing. It is a rewarding feeling to make something that you truly enjoy.”- Amindi
Amindi Kiara Frost, popularly known as Amindi k. Fro$t, are the vocals behind the popular Caribbean-themed song Pine and Ginger. Created with a Kingston-born Jamaican, Tessellated, and produced by Orlando’s own Valleyz, Amindi enters into the limelight with the catchy song despite her age and American upbringing.
Amindi is of Jamaican heritage and despite the fact that she isn’t legally an adult in some states; she has certainly gained popularity on social media and other platforms for her hit single. The eighteen-year-old attributes her unique sound to being a part of two cultures – half American and half Jamaican; she is very proud to be supersaturated in both cultures. Both parents are Jamaican and they met in Los Angeles where they fell in love and Amindi was the product of such union; she was born in Hawthorne, Los Angeles. Her father is a musician, and she was encouraged to pursue music and find happiness in that passion. However, she admits that she is not certain what pushed her to actually start making music, but she knows that she is a truly creative individual and she craves positive expression. Whichever outlet ensures that she is given the opportunity to express herself, she gravitates to it.
“[When I create music] I feel really happy; I honestly think that’s when I am the happiest. I have a short attention span and my mind has a tendency to drift. But when I’m making music, I am very focused. My main intentions are for it to make sense and for me to like it.”-Amindi.
Amindi’s messages have a common theme which is “finding self” as portrayed through different tracks promoting self-assurance, self-worth and self-love; they focus on building self. She finds when she writes she does so in second-person, which makes it easier and believes it’s the better version of herself
Anything can motivate Amindi to write music and she looks for certain things that pop out as “verbally pleasing” or “textual art” to which she uses as a stepping stone to create. She finds solace in listening to the works of John Hughes, Wes Anderson, John Singleton, Spike Lee and Quinten Tarantino, to name a few, from which she draws inspiration to conceptualize her lyrics as well. Not to mention her love artistes like – Janelle Monae, SZA, Girlpool, Anderson Paak, Two Door Cinema Club, Kali Uchis, OSHUN, Kari Faux, Mama Badu, Santigold and Abra– who have an influence on her music.
“They’ve all inspired me in different ways! For the most part, they are from different genres, and they have each influenced any uniqueness I have in my sound.” –Amindi.
Amindi’s Pine and Ginger
Since the release of the hit song Pine and Ginger, with over 2,800,000 streams on Spotify, Amindi has found an overwhelming amount of love from supporters and critics who have appreciated the debut single. Before the hit single, she worked with many artistes and producers from Los Angeles producing collaborations with diverse tracks like In My Head, Tryna Be Plug, Cocoa Butter Shawty, Digital Echo Field, Lucille Balls, Wet Jeans, Gluten Free and Aux Chord.
“It’s positivity. All around, all the time and it’s just so c ool. There’s always a random notification from somebody, whether it’s on Twitter or Instagram. It’s mostly from Jamaican people and it’s just so cool that I can connect with these people via the internet because they like the art I created with my friends.” – Amindi
The trio ( Amindi K. Fro$t, Tessellated, and Valleyz) created the song by means of the Internet, but Pine and Ginger was promoted at the popular Kingston showcase, New Wave. The accompanying mix of breathtaking visuals of the untouched beauty of Portland, Jamaica in the music video definitely set the stage for the track becoming a hit.
The song is a lilting confection that contains the tell-tale percussive bounce of dancehall, but with a lounging, laid-back attitude. Fro$t’s crackly, sensual vocals, professing a preference for juice over rum, are paired with Tessellated’s smooth flow and accompanied by light horns and an airy, spacey synth rhythm. Review from Pitchfork.
Not only has she been able to perform for a live audience in her hometown, but she has been able to perform in Portmore, one of Jamaica’s southern cities, which was an incredible experience for her, she recounts. Having been given the opportunity to perform live to persons born and bred in the Jamaican culture and have them dance while listening to the single, without thoughts of the culture losing its authenticity, was truly a blessing.
“It was so cool. I’ve never been to a space or performed in a space where everyone knows the song that I’m singing and in Jamaica, and in the Caribbean in general, the song has been spreading so wide. It’s definitely a blessing.”–Amindi.
Pine and Ginger’s ability to stand out amongst the modern day typical popular sound is something that most producers, songwriters and artists strive for when creating a Caribbean themed track.
“I want [to] make something really good. Put out something really good to follow up “Pine and Ginger” because I feel like now people are kind of anticipating [that].” – Amindi
This Singer Has Other Passions
Whilst she is looking to create and launch more music which will capture her target audience, she also looks to feed her passion for film. With her love for directing visuals, Amindi looks forward to conceptualizing her own music videos and fuse art with movies and cinematic themed images. She desires possible collaborations with like-minded creatives and she intends to work with artistes who can make her vision a reality. To add to her lifestyle, in addition to writing and singing music, she has established a clothing line with two of her friends.
Amindi endeavours to be as unique as possible and she refuses to be a mainstream artiste who survives on trends of the modern day. In contrast, she strives to keep her music and anything associated with her authentically Caribbean; she holds the utmost pride in her Jamaican heritage.
“I’m proud of my Caribbean heritage and I’m proud of being who I am, but I won’t let that define my art. I feel like art and artists, they create the content that reflects them as a person, not what other people want to see. I feel like that’s what makes the most pure and beautiful art.” –Amindi.
By Alexandra Daley