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GET TO KNOW: Aaron Rizzo
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After spending the last few years delivering a bold and euphoric array of pop-rock anthems, US singer and songwriter Aaron Rizzo is back once again to deliver his powerful new album 'Mirror Talk Blue'.
Channelling a broad and shimmering array of aesthetics from start to finish, 'Mirror Talk Blue' sees the artist return in stellar form. Filled with enormous hooks, killer grooves, and his own passionate voice at the helm, he is certainly reaching for new heights on this one.
So with the new record available now, we sat down with him to find out more about about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Trumpet! I was incredibly young, and incredibly bad.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I believe it was Riot by Paramore. I was at a record shop in Delaware at the time and spent just about every penny I had on it.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I was in two bands in high school, one of them being a four-piece pop rock band, and the other being a nine-piece soul/rock band. Both of these experiences were absolute blasts, and my damaged hearing can attest to it!
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” I firmly believe this is one of the best songs of all time and I will die on that hill. It’s just such a perfect song in the way that it puts you in such a specific sonic headspace.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
To me, the most thrilling moment comes during the recording process when the song just clicks. At a certain point, you realize what world the song is going to live in once it’s done. Hopefully, that’s a really cool place and you can drive home at the end of the night happy with what you’ve realized. Nothing really compares to that moment for me.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Same as above, but when the song takes a different turn. Sometimes, something you were so in love with while writing becomes something you don’t really care for once you start really working on it. You can put it on the shelf for later, but it still stings at the end of the day.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would be thrilled to share a stage with Ray LaMontagne. To this day, he’s one of my favorite storytellers. I think sharing a musical experience with him would be equal parts peaceful and exhilarating.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully somewhere random in the US on a major tour. All I really care about at the end of the day is sharing my music with as many people as possible.
Aaron Rizzo's new album 'Mirror Talk Blue' is available to stream now. Check it out below.