Ariel Aparicio

 

Ariel Aparicio may be Cuban-born and Miami-raised, but this entertainer is one of the uncrowned kings of NYC – not only does he co-own and run three very successful Brooklyn restaurants, but he’s become a headliner on the city’s punk alternative scene. The guy apparently doesn’t sleep! His sound is an indie infused shot to the vein, already having released four records, including 2008’s “All These Brilliant Things” and the single “Pretty in Pink” – a version that Richard Butler himself has stated his love for.

Aparicio is also very active in working for causes he stands behind – given the honor of being included in “OUTMusic’s Freedom of Expression” campaign in 2009. While we could go on and on about Ariel’s work (and even his popular restaurants), we wanna get into “Aerials”, the latest record on it’s way to your iTunes library. We asked Aparicio to get into it: “This is my most cohesive record to date, but manages to incorporate all my influences. I think of it and as Dance record with all guitars, highly influenced by the early 80's records of Grace Jones and New Order… my music is many things... Indie, Alternative, Punk, Dance, Latin, Classic Rock... but basically the formula is the same - churning, shoegazer like guitars with shuffling beats.”

Expect “Aerials” in March 2011. Ariel is busy on that NYC scene, so get up there and join the party. There’s a whole lot more to get into; keep going and read the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Ariel Aparicio  

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre? 

Ariel Aparicio (AA):I think my music is many things... Indie, Alternative, Punk, Dance, Latin, Classic Rock... but basically the formula is the same - churning, shoegazer like guitars with shuffling beats. It's hard to categorize my music as just one thing, and that's the way I like it.

PEV: What kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

AA: Well, I grew up surrounded by the sounds of Cuban music and then came soul and disco and rock & punk.. I was into it all. But my biggest earliest influences were rock God giants like Zeppelin , The Doors, Queen and of course, BOWIE!!!!! That soon changed though. By the time I was in my first band, it was all about punk & new wave and of course, still BOWIE!  

PEV: Having played in the business for a good time now, what was it like for you when you first started out? 

AA: When I first started out, it was awesome. There was no "music business" attached to it. It was all about making music and having a good time doing it. Ahhhh, youth.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

AA: My first bands were pretty straight up.. 2 guitars, bass , drums. But at some point, while I was trying to put together my 3rd or 4th band (I can't remember), we couldn't find a bass player. So we went without... 2 guitars, drums and male & female lead vocals. I thought, "hell yeah, this is awesome!!" But people who came to see us were very confused. LOL!!! I thought we were this Fleetwood Mac meets Sonic Youth with no bass breaking new ground and people were like... "What the fuck???"

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Ariel Aparicio show? 

AA: Full frontal assault!!! We give you a Rock Show. None of this separatist, "Oh, I'm a little bored and way too cool" on stage attitude bullshit.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

AA: Where's the scotch?? Kidding... I just want to stay in the moment.

PEV: Any preshow rituals before going on stage or do you just wing it?

AA: Lost's of them... Vocal warm-ups, guitar warm-ups, scrambling through through the setlist, outfits, eyeliner, tweeting, facebooking, online banking, etc.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

AA: A personal message and a driving spirit. I just want people to feel it in their core.

PEV: Tell us about your upcoming release, "Aerials". What can fans expect from this work?

AA: This is my most cohesive record to date, but manages to incorporate all my influences. I think of it and as Dance record with all guitars, highly influenced by the early 80's records of Grace Jones and New Order.

 

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

AA: Not really. I just write when I NEED to write.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Ariel Aparicio?

AA: He's much shorter than you think.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

AA: I think I always knew that somehow.

PEV: What one word best describes Ariel Aparicio?

AA: Cheeky, just like Thomas (the train).

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

AA: We don't go out for long periods. I have a 4 year old at home and I don't want to miss a thing. I do love when we have a few back to back dates because I enjoy playing so much but I have to get back home right after to see my husband and my kid.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

AA: Haven't been to Europe yet. I'll have to take the whole family though…

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

AA: I actually haven't played Miami yet. We hope to do it this year. I have such a strong support team from family and friends, especially those friends I went to high school with. I can't wait to play for them. It's kinda like in "The Rose" when Bette Midler's character goes back home... Actually, it's nothing like that at all.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

AA: What?? Spare time??? I have a husband, a 4 year old, a music career and 3 restaurants in Brooklyn... I barely have time to sleep.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

AA: Charlie Demos and Brett Gleason and DJ & remixer, Skarkord

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

AA: Pornstar.

PEV: So, what is next for Ariel Aparicio?

AA: Releasing "Aerials" in March 2011 and touring. I'm also collaborating with Skarkord on a REAL Dance record. Trying to have another baby too, but I just can't seem to get pregnant...

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