Aika started taking piano lessons when she was in grammar school, but was always more interested in the music and melodies that seemed flow effortlessly from her mind than the tedious work of learning sheet music. The young Aika never thought of writing down her ideas as songs, but as she discovered her originality, she slowly grew into her musical talent, and in 1996, began her songwriting career. "When I began searching for the melodies in my heart, I started wanting to write them down. That's when I started thinking of being a singer-songwriter, or perhaps a composer someday."