Ariana DiLorenzo On Ariana And The Rose, Heffron Drive, Paul McCartney
Ariana DiLorenzo, who performs with her 5-piece band Ariana and the Rose, will be opening for Heffron Drive when their tour kicks off later this month. DiLorenzo combines her love of singer-songwriter style and electronic music. "The music has been this challenge for me to kind of reconcile how I love both of those types and how I want to make music that allows me to do both — write songs that I feel like tell stories while having dance beats on them," DiLorenzo told Uinterview exclusively. "I think this EP is the first time I have been able to do that in a way that represents me and represents what I've been trying to do."
Remixed versions of DiLorenzo's songs have become popular, something she strongly approves of. 'It's interesting to hear people remix your stuff because it's your song in a totally different context," says DiLorenzo. "It's great and I love hearing how other artists interpret it."
DiLorenzo was recently seen in "Queenie Eye," Paul McCartney's new music video. "Even just being in the same room with Paul McCartney, I mean, at that point, I didn't even care about being in the video," she said. "I was just excited to be there."
The tour with Heffron Drive came about when I was in L.A. Heffron Drive just booked their tour dates, and they were looking for some people to open for them. Actually, some of the teams that we work with are similar. Some people on my team recommended me to their team as a good choice and they liked the music, so that was how that happened.
The music, as it is now, is really a hybrid of singer-songwriter melodies and lyric with electronic synths and more of an electric style. So I have really been influenced by singer-songwriters and artists like Carole King and Sara Bareilles and all these people and, on the other end, I love dance artists like Robyn and Santigold and things like that. So the music has been this challenge for me to kind of reconcile how I love both of those types and how I want to make music that allows me to do both - write songs that I feel like tell stories while having dance beats on them. I think this EP is the first time I have been able to do that in a way that represents me and represents what I've been trying to do.
I don't have any that I'm not happy with, which is great, because that would make me bummed out. The 'Astronaut' remix is really great, I love that. I think it's really cool and has a 70s feel. It's interesting to hear people remix your stuff because it's your song in a totally different context. It's great and I love hearing how other artists interpret it. There's also a remix by artist Jodie Harsh, who's British. She has a side project called the Cloud, and she did a remix for the Cloud called the Jodie Harsh Club Mix. The Cloud mix which was actually used in a runway show for a designer named Ashley Isham at London Fashion Week. So the remixes have been a really great thing. I love them.
No, I get approval over the ones that I am talking to the artists about doing. Obviously, there are other remixes that people have done that I don't know about. But it's a really wonderful compliment when anybody wants to take the time to work on your song. So I try not to be difficult about it because it's wonderful that people are excited to be working on a song that you did anyway.
It was above and beyond one of the best days of my entire life. It was really amazing. I was in Paris actually and attending Fashion Week there and a women that I work with was producing the video. She works with the man who was directing the music video and she said to me, 'Hey, would you want to be in the new Paul McCartney video?' And I said, 'Yes. Yes, I would absolutely love that.' And that was how that came about. I thought I was going to be an extra but then I was on set and I got to meet Paul McCartney and I got to meet Tom Ford and a couple other people that were in the video. And I got actually to have a little clip in it, which was totally surreal. Even just being in the same room with Paul McCartney, I mean, at that point, I didn't even care about being in the video. I was just excited to be there.
The tour wraps up right before Christmas, so I plan on going home and sleeping a little. And then I have an EP coming out, called 'Head v. Heart' in February, so I'll be doing promo for that and going back to England as well and doing promo for the EP and playing more shows.