MOUNTAIN VIEW — For synth-pop singer-songwriter Ariana DiLorenzo, the frontwoman of Ariana and the Rose, the inventive course of goes past making the music. For the New York artist, the expertise is rather more immersive and all-encompassing. Her movies characteristic sharp and colourful visuals, her type is daring and her character fills the room.
“Obviously the music always comes first,” DiLorenzo says. “But we’re living in a world where people take things in with different senses. Any opportunity I have to create an extended experience for someone to have a touchpoint for me, as an artist, is exciting.”
The singer’s newest EP, Constellations: Phase 1, is a journey by love and relationships as seen by the lens of self-discovery and empowerment. The materials runs the gamut from darkish and atmospheric to daring and carefree. DiLorenzo says it was a acutely aware choice to take listeners by a variety of moods and emotion on the document.
“I definitely wanted it to be something that touched on all these different points in a journey,” DiLorenzo says. “For this EP it was really about the themes and exploration of what it means to stand on your own two feet and what it looks like when you choose yourself.”
Also included on the EP is an surprising left flip: a darkish and moody tackle N*SYNC’s pop hit “Bye, Bye, Bye.” The tune encompasses a dramatic and haunting vocal by DiLorenzo over a spacious synth and heat bass line, an association that permits the tune’s unexpectedly darkish lyrics and message to be the first focus.
“The lyrics are so dark; it’s just a really heartbreaking song,” DiLorenzo says. “But it’s still very much in line with the of standing up for your yourself and leaving. It’s very empowering.”
Covering “Bye, Bye, Bye” from a lady’s perspective separates the tune from the imagery of dance-floor pop, choreography and frosted curly ideas that is likely to be visually related to it.
While she was born and now lives in New York, DiLorenzo spent quite a few years in London; time she says was important in serving to to form who she turned as an artist and performer. She says she thrives on the power and tempo of metropolis life that helps her to construct connections with a spot.
“I love taking in culture, even if it’s just going to the places where people are hanging out and people watching,” DiLorenzo says.
As DiLorenzo was creating her songwriting id, she struggled to seek out what her what her house on the musical spectrum. Some materials she deemed too folky whereas others leaned an excessive amount of within the pop path. She labored to discover a completely happy medium with components of each. All of that modified when she went to London.
“I got really lucky and stumbled into groups of writers and people that I just loved that got it,” DiLorenzo says. “It opened up my whole mind to start playing with analog synths and really spending time in the studio.”
Ariana and the Rose have taken their inventive retailers to a different degree with the introduction of the immersive “Light + Space” events. More than only a live performance, the idea was born out of the immersive theater motion in New York, bringing the viewers into the inventive expertise fairly than merely having them watch it from a seat. The curated events embody a mixture of efficiency artwork, a live performance and a dance occasion that rages on into the evening.
DiLorezno says she’s already interested by the subsequent part in Constellations, taking the quiet moments amid the chaos of being in launch mode to spend time together with her piano to delve into the feelings and themes of the challenge’s subsequent wave. While she doesn’t need to pigeonhole the brand new materials right into a sure type, she hope to push herself to give attention to the instrumentation to carry a few extra experimental sound. The Phase II challenge will function the musical and inventive companion piece to the this preliminary launch.
“I’m not sure a production standpoint quite which direction it’s going to go yet,” says DiLorenzo. “But this will be the first time I’m gong to be walking into a room with a producer and able to say, ‘Hey, this is what I’ve been looking at and this is what it sounds like.’”
Listen to the total RIFF Radio interview, recorded at Vans Warped Tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
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