INTERVIEW: Aria Lanelle

Hi Aria, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been really good lately!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “League”?

“League” is all about knowing your worth. Sometimes you just gotta flex a bit and let somebody know.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I’d had a situation where I wasn’t feeling appreciated a certain guy, so instead of writing about it from a sad, scorned-woman approach, I decided to empower myself and use my anger in a positive way. And voila, “League”.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, the video should be coming out very soon!

The single comes off your new EP My Name Is – what’s the story behind the title?

This EP is a little more personal than my previous one. So if my first EP was just saying “hello”, My Name Is is introducing myself further.

How was the recording and writing process

I worked really hard to branch out of my 80s pop-funk comfort zone, and experimented with deconstructing some of my favorite genres. I put those genres back together in fun ways, whether it be the Zapp-meets-trap-pop of “Your Love”, the dubstep-funk of “Then To Now”, or even the gospel-tinged a cappella of “Mary’s Peace”. I even adopted rap flows depending upon how I wanted to drive home the lyric. Making this EP was emotionally taxing, but I grew so much as an artist and a human being as a result.

Does Boston play a role in your music?

I’ve lived in the Boston-area since I was 10, singing in the Boston Children’s Chorus, doing local musical theater, and even graduating Berklee College of Music, so all of that has definitely shaped my music. The unique thing about Boston is that the music scene is transient because most of it comes from the college students. So more than a city-specific sound, I try to incorporate the vibe I get from Boston. For example, the hurried bassline of “Then To Now” was inspired by riding the T during rush hour. As though you’re on a rhythmic and metaphorical subway train, afraid that you won’t make your destination on time.

I am guessing all the songs are based on personal experiences? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

While I was writing the EP, I was one of the caretakers for my grandmother during her last stages of cancer. I was at home with her all day every day, and she would share so much wisdom with me. I learned that it was okay to be vulnerable and express my true feelings, so my writing got much deeper. My lyrics are so true to life that I’m almost a little nervous for people to hear them. But my Grandma told me once that if you’re nervous, you’re going in the right direction.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! I have a show June 15th at Rockwood NYC! What else is happening next in Aria Lanelle’s world? Well, I never, ever stop writing, so stay tuned…*winks*

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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