NYC-based artist and producer Hopper Race shares new track “Caravan” via Ghettoblaster. Aaron Berk explains that the song is about “an old man finding solace in the ashes.” The track is the second single to be released from his forthcoming EP, Pop Priest, out August 11th. You can give it a listen here.
After touring the world with bands, rock operas, and circuses, electro indie pop artist Hopper Race (Aaron Berk) decided to cut the safety net and make his own music. In 2016, Berk began writing under the moniker Hopper Race. Not satisfied with writing alone, he produced, recorded, mixed, photographed, and filmed nearly every element around his debut EP, Pop Priest. NYC-based, he lives with his co-conspirator (and often co-producer and co-mixer) Ekurtis (Eric Larson) and their outspoken rat terrier, Zeus. They had a band, Eric and Aaron, which toured the US and played NYC venues such as Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancey, and Piano’s, but since they wanted to remain living together they became solo artists.
Berk had another band in New York – a high-drama, glam rock band, Smith Island Asylum, which featured a 15-person entourage (musicians, dancers, and show girls), multiple costume changes, and video throughout. They played Webster Hall and Highline Ballroom before getting over the platforms and lashes. Between bands were a few stints with circuses in the Middle East, where Aaron found himself singing suspended from a crane 200 feet up or in the center of a Christmas village in Dubai.
Hopper Race’s influences include his first love Rachmaninoff, Ké, Tune Yards, Purity Ring, Chris Cornell, Grimes, Sia, St. Vincent, and Freddy Mercury.