Cast your mind back to almost a year ago to the day when Beyoncé surprised released Beyoncé (or as I like to call it, "doing a Bowie") After months of unanswered questions, rumoured delays, push backs and a world tour, Beyoncé finally delivered on her promise of a new album and sent shockwaves across the music industry. No (real) promotion, no single, no videos, just the music.

Following the initial shock, many fans turned to the album's credits to see who had produced what to be greeted with a list of the usual suspects; Pharrell, Timbaland, Ryan Tedder, The-Dream plus newer but expected names like Hit-Boy, 40 and Detail. But there was one name that got tongues wagging and heads a-scratching - Jordan Asher aka BOOTS. His significant contributions to Beyoncé raised many an eyebrow and question as to someone who had seemingly released nothing of his own, produced or as an artist, prior to working with Mrs Knowles-Carter.

A little online digging found that he had signed to her husband's Roc Nation imprint a few months prior for his publishing and a fashion film starring Chanel Iman and Viktoriya Sasonkina featured music from Asher. Although initially keen to keep some sort of anonymity, refusing to speak to the press, he eventually broke his silence with Pitchfork and spoke briefly about his past and working with Beyoncé.

While not quite working with Queen Bey just yet, Los Angeles based producer AzZi has been making a name for himself following contributions to Jaden Smith's first foray into music; his 2012 mixtape The Cool Cafe. Subsequently, AzZi then began working with seventeen-year-old R&B up-and-comer TELANA, also from Los Angeles. Her EP, Aether, much like Jaden's younger sister Willow, is filled to the brim with minimal, spiritual, breathy numbers that transcend far beyond her years and at times can really make one question what they were doing as a youngster.

Much like BOOTS, AzZi has opted to remain largely anonymous, avoiding social media and interviews. Fortunately for me, he did agree to speak to be albeit only via email. Of course, the first question has to be how he came to meet with Jaden and Willow, to which he reveals that he met them through their older half brother Trey aka DJ AcE. From there, it became something of a natural progression.

"We went to the same school for several years. He's been like a brother to me. We both started taking a music production class in high school. After that we each knew what we wanted to pursue. I would always play beats for J and Willow, and from there we all just started creating together."

Something about AzZi worked for the now 14 year-old Willow; becoming the sole producer of her critically acclaimed EP 3, released exclusively to Google Play as a free download in the US on Halloween before seeing a full release to iTunes some two weeks later (See those Beyoncé similarities again?) It may have only been four years since the release of her debut single 'Whip My Hair' but the transformation from pre-teen bopper labelled as a "Baby Rihanna" to Neo-Soul sensation-in-waiting, inspired by Erykah Badul, has been astonishing and once again affirms how Willow's talent surpasses her years tenfold.

When speaking to The Fader earlier last year, Willow suggested not much has changed, claiming that the message is still the same ("I was saying 'Love yourself' and 'You have to live your life for yourself.' Now I'm just coming to the spiritual and consciousness aspects of it") something that AzZi can agree with. "Being in the studio with them is incredible. The way they both record is so organic, and so authentic. They have so much passion and love for what they do, you can just see it. They both can go into the booth whenever they feel and freestyle a full song in one take." Of course, AzZi is witness to that; having seen them both do it multiple times ("Willow freestyled all of 'Female Energy'.")

AzZi's earliest musical memories stem back to his mother playing "ambient and classical piano CD's" to him as a child. "She would have them on repeat all day long. I was honestly really young, either one or two years old." Having now revisited many of those records at an older age, AzZi now hopes to sample them in the near future. As a member of Jaden's MSFTSrep collective (which also operates as a clothing and lifestyle brand), AzZi has the luxury of being close to both Jaden and Willow for much of his time.

However, he has big plans and is keen to work with other artists and musicians, particularly Kid Cudi. "I've always wanted to work with Kid Cudi. His music has always had a big impact in my life." Away from Kid Cudi, AzZi is keen to work with some of his peers including "Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick [Lamar], Pharrell, Timbaland, SZA, Rihanna, Spooky Black, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Eminem, Freddie Gibbs, Flying Lotus, Joey Badass, Busta Rhymes and Jay Z." Although, not much of a social media user, he does use some in order to find new and emerging talent. "There are certain people I will come across on Soundcloud and Hype Machine that I actually really want to reach out to and produce for. You can find a lot of lowkey really talented people on social media."

Outside of being the new generation Smith's go-to producer, AzZi spends much of his time working on music for himself. He reveals that he's currently "piecing together an album" that he expects to be released this year. Unsurprisingly, inspiration for AzZi comes from the production greats - think Timbaland, 9th Wonder, Flying Lotus and J Dilla to name a few; all of which he says he listens to religiously - and some of his life lessons. "I find my influences being a lot of different things. Whether it be music or just a certain emotion that occurs on a daily basis. Every emotion that I feel can be used as an influence to create. Reading books, being around people, literally anything for me can be used as an influence."

Although there are plans for an album he assures that there's no rush to put one out immediately. On whether he believes it's important to remain anonymous while creating music, he states it's important to simply take time until things are done correctly. "I'd say that it is important [to keep some form of anonymity with music]; however I do feel it is also important to have a developed sound. I just don't believe in letting that sound be a ceiling for creativity. That ceiling takes away the whole point of the art, the expression." Currently, outside of his own music, he's enjoying many of the people he'd like to work with ("Isaiah Rashad, Kid Cudi, Tycho, The XX, Metallica..." et al) and finds himself listening to various different types of music. "Anything that is innovative and gives off a certain authentic emotion will always be something I'll listen to."

From our very brief interaction, it's becoming increasingly apparent that AzZi's passion is with music. When questioned about how he'd like to be remembered after retiring from music, he simply doesn't see retirement as an option. "I can honestly say I will never quit music, it's something I am. It's something that is a part of me. I have too much love for music to quit it. I will do it until I am no longer here. When that day comes I would like to be remembered as someone who made the world a better place by simply creating what they love. All I want to do is do what I love and to inspire other people to do the same."

AzZi echoes a lot of what Willow and Jaden themselves have tried to put across in their interviews in that he would be happier if people could be true to the person they are. "I want to be remembered as someone who inspired people to be themselves and create whatever it is they feel regardless of what anyone says or thinks about it. Simply to just express whatever it is without thinking twice about it. I want to inspire people to be authentic and to be themselves. The more authentic beings on this earth the better this world will be."

You can visit AzZi by heading over to Soundcloud.