Mega-babe New Yorker Ariana and the Rose is the latest singer-songwriter to have us obsessing over her music. We caught up with her to chat dream collabs, spirit animals and the coolest person she’s met so far…
Tell us about yourself…
Well, I’m from New York but currently live on a plane between NYC and London! I started in theatre in New York performing in Off Broadway and Avant-Garde theatre shows and then slowly transitioned into writing my own music and ultimately putting a band together. I make synth driven music and perform it live with a full band. I’m really influenced by the sounds of the 80s, bands like Depeche Mode and New Order as well artists like Blondie and Cyndi Lauper and I’m also obsessed with the artists that have taken those kinds of sounds and made them current like Robyn, Goldfrapp and M83.
Your videos are amazing, which has been your favourite to create so far?
Thank you! I’ve been so lucky to work with such amazing directors, so each video definitely has its favourite moments for me. I’d say overall Survival of the Fittest is what I’m proudest of, I love the world we created for it. I love marrying very vivid visuals with the music. I’m really inspired by the cosmos and the kind of surrealist quality and colours that come along with that, as well as the 70s disco vibe. So, I’m always looking around for inspiration and finding interesting ways of melding those two worlds together.
How would you describe your aesthetic and how does it inspire your music?
My aesthetic definitely pulls from magical realism. I want to make a world that feels like it could be on another planet or somewhere in the galaxy but you get to feel completely yourself in it as opposed to an alter ego or another version of you. I love sounds and colours that are very lush, which is why I’m drawn to analogue synth sounds in my music and vibrant, deep colours in my videos. All of the choices come from the same aesthetic place. With music, it manifests in a melding of electronic and live instrumentation and with the visuals it’s the surreal and otherworldly meeting the everyday, so both parts are about pulling these opposite worlds together to make something new.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve met so far?
A couple years ago I was a part of the Paul McCartney video for his song “Queenie Eye” which was so amazing. We filmed it at Abbey Road, so meeting and chatting with Paul McCartney in the room where he wrote so many iconic songs has definitely gone down as a highlight of my life.
Where can we see you perform next?
I’ve just done a run of shows in London and will be playing more in the New Year.
What’s the best gig you have ever played?
We supported Foxes at Shepherds Bush Empire and that was one of the best experiences of my life. The room was packed and the energy of the crowd was so amazing, it was such a good night.
What’s on the agenda for 2017?
I’ll definitely be releasing more music as well as playing more shows. We’ve created an immersive event called “Light + Space,” which is a combination of immersive theatre, a party and a live show. We did the first one in London and will be doing another one in New York in 2017, so I’m really looking forward to that.
Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
So many people! I’d love to collaborate with someone like Four Tet or Jon Hopkins. I love how they both rework peoples’ music and their original stuff is just so interesting. Four Tet have such interesting sounds and sonic choices, I’d just be happy to sit and watch them create music.
Why do you think the relationship between fashion and music is so strong?
I think audiences take in creativity in so many different mediums. Visuals just amplify the feeling music gives you and vice versa. Fashion and personal style are as much about self expression as writing a song. The best artists, like David Bowie and Prince, always look the way they sound. For me, that’s the ultimate synergy between music and fashion.
What’s your favourite music video?
“Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn is one of my favourite music videos of all time. The lights, the choreography, her shoes… and it’s all in one shot!
What’s your spirit animal?
Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?
Always stalking Man Repeller and I’ve just found a new insta called “Every Outfit On SATC” and it’s BRILLIANT. It mocks all the clothes from Sex and the City in the most amazing and loving way. Everyone should go follow it right. now.
What makes you laugh?
My 3-year-old niece and my friends.
What’s your secret addiction?
Mint chocolates and binge watching TV shows until 3am
Who’s your celebrity wannabe wife?
Solange, now and for always. Really just so we can share a closet.
What would be your superhero power?
To eat everything I want and always be bikini ready (and teleportation).
What was the first thing you did this morning?
Hit snooze on my alarm clock
Tell us something weird about yourself…
I can sing with my mouth closed…
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Currently have the James Blake album on repeat and the MO single “Final Song.”
What’s your song to get you ready for a party?
I follow this playlist on Spotify that is called “Disco” and it’s 7 hours of disco music. So all of those songs really.
What has been your favourite place you’ve travelled to?
I lived in Argentina for a little while during university and travelled throughout South America, which was so amazing. I’d say Cusco, Peru and Machu Picchu are definitely in my top 2 places I’ve ever been.
If you were a Spice Girl which one would you be?
I wanted to be Scary Spice more than anything. I was all about those leopard print crop tops.
What do you love about Missguided?
I love how the clothes are so on trend yet effortless at the same time. Fashion is about creating your own look and Misguided has pieces that girls can really take and make their own.
What item of clothing can’t you live without?
My vintage leather jacket
What items do you make sure you pack on your travels?
A pair of black platform heels, black skinny jeans, my leather jacket, chap stick and my passport
Who is your style icon and why?
70s era Cher, 100%. Her whole look was just timeless and amazing. She could be wearing jeans or a completely sequined dress and look unbelievable glamorous. Everything about her was just iconic and effortless.
Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
Really everywhere, as silly as that sounds. I get inspired by other people’s street style a lot. New York and London are two unbelievable cities for spotting amazing outfits on the street. If I really love something someone’s wearing, I’ll even stop them and compliment their outfit, you have to give credit where it’s due!
What best describes your style?
Laid back 70s freedom in outer space
What’s your favourite fashion trend this season and why?
I’m really into all the pyjama sets, especially the printed ones. It’s so comfortable yet bold at the same time.
If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe who’s would it be?
My celeb wife, Solange, for sure.
You can only wear one outfit for the rest of the year, what is it?
A vintage black jumpsuit, with platforms and a leather jacket. (I feel like that covers all occasions and comfort levels!)
Which city has the best fashion?
London and New York have my heart but Paris is my ultimate fashion inspiration!
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