Posted On 11 Aug 2017
When asked about the meaning behind the song, she explained, “‘Aftershock’ is a song about how you feel when you break from the person you love. There are so many emotions that come with being in love. There is a sense of fear that may even cause you to push that person away.”
Her previous release “Silhouette” has garnered over 20K Spotify plays. Both of these tracks can be found on her upcoming EP, Paper Gowns.
Aria has had numerous high-profile sync placements as well, including Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, and has also written for Multiplatinum artist J.Lo, one track of which the superstar recorded, though it was never released.
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Learn more about Aria Wunderland in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! How has 2017 been treating you? Musically, did you approach this year any differently then you did last year?
Thanks for having me! So far 2017 has been great! I would say yes, I did approach this year somewhat differently. In the past I really focused on cramming in a ton of writing sessions per week. This year I decided to slow down and allow myself to recharge in between sessions. I find I am more creative and inspired when I write because of this.
Where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it?
I am actually currently in South Beach, Miami listening to Lorde’s new album in the background.
What kind of music do you listen to when you are working? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood?
When I’m working in the studio we usually start off the session with some music and visual inspo. I like to watch hip hop and rock music videos before starting a new song. They put me in an awesome mood!
Growing up, have you always wanted to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
I didn’t exactly know that I wanted to be a musician. My earliest musical memory was when I was about 5 so it was very pure. I didn’t think much of it, it felt very instinctual and in the moment. I remember playing chords on the piano by ear and just feeling this magical feeling, like I was entering another world. As I got older I started to understand that I could do this for a living one day and even make a career out of it.
If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?
Hmmmm. I would most likely be a college professor or a High School teacher. I majored in Philosophy in college and felt such admiration for my professors. During class I would always daydream and see myself sitting on the classroom desk, sipping coffee while leading a lecture on Renee Descartes.
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think living in New York has affected who you are as a musician and the art that you create?
Great question. Yeah, living in New York has definitely affected me as an artist. It’s such a diverse city, with so much art and depth. Growing up I was influenced by so many different genres. There was a lot of hip hop influence in the 90s while at the same time rock was huge. This was so evident in NY while I was growing up, even in fashion. This has definitely influenced my style of music. You can hear the variety of genres in my sound.
Let’s talk about your single, “Silhouette.” What was the inspiration for this song? How does it compare to the rest of your upcoming EP, “Paper Gowns”?
Silhouette is a little more serious than the rest of the songs on the EP. I see it as a coming of age anthem. Realizing the importance of letting go of our guard and facades to reveal a more authentic being.
At the time I wrote it I was writing a lot of commercial pop music to pitch for other artists and for film/tv placement. I felt I was losing a bit of why I fell in love with music in the first place. I went to the studio set out to write something real; not focusing on writing a “pop hit.” I allowed myself to tap into my vulnerabilities and really connect with music in a more profound way again.
What about the inspiration behind your newer single “Aftershock”?
Aftershock was inspired by my romantic relationships. It’s about how you feel when you take time away from the person you love. Sometimes in the initial phase of a romance there is a sense of fear that may cause you to push that person away. Aftershock is about how the passion and desire for that person you love can increase when you’re not together. When they leave there’s an “Aftershock””
Can you remember the first time you heard your song on TV? What was the like for you?
Yes! It was on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. It was amazing. Definitely felt a sense of accomplishment.
I really enjoy it actually, especially Instagram. I love how visual it is and how creative you can get. I also love that I can connect on a personal level with my fans.
What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Do you have any tour dates currently lined up?
I don’t have exact tour dates lined up but there will be a series of shows I’ll playing in New York and LA this fall. I’ll be posting those date on my website very soon! I also have a writing trip to London scheduled at the end of August I’m really pumped about!
Who are some of your very favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music?
Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, Britney Spears, Radiohead, to name a few.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I would love to collaborate with Diplo, DJ Khaled, Coldplay and Kanye West.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
The overall message in my music is Love. I believe all of us are born with such an abundance of love within and different circumstances can cause us to lose touch with this. I want to help people re-access this love through music. It can be self love, love for others, etc.
Paper Gowns the EP is a little more specific but still has the overarching theme of love. A gown made out of paper is a metaphor for attainable luxury, but not in a material way. It revels in the magic of being a broke girl living in the city with a bunch of roommates but still figuring out you can live a fabulous life. Discovering your inner super star and realizing there are no limitations when you shift your thinking and live life with self-love against all odds.
What advice would you give to someone just getting started on this music path? Or even to someone young that is thinking of becoming a musician one day?
I would say go for it. I always say music chooses you. It will not be an easy journey but just try to always remember why you fell in love with music in the first place. Most importantly, enjoy the journey.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music? Thanks for your time today!
Thank you for your time as well! Not much more to add other than if you want to keep up with any of my recent releases just go on my website.