What made you decide to become a soloist?

It made the most sense. I write and produce my music by ear. My process is pretty spontaneous and experimental. I’m also really particular about how I like my music to sound, which can be challenging when you’re writing in a band environment. As Björk once said: “I thrive best hermit style…” 

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

Sure! I’m Ariahindream. Ariah for short. I sing, write and produce downtempo electronic music. Cinematic, soothing, relaxing kinda vibes… When I’m not sampling sirens, machines and chainsaws. My first official releases, Forever & Complicated, were first released back in 2018. My latest single, Selene– my first new release in 4+ years- is out now! 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Honestly, I haven’t had any annoying questions just yet (touch wood). Most of the people I’ve chatted with so far have had some really interesting questions I’ve enjoyed responding to. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

Haha see… interesting question! I may have a thought or two…

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

I haven’t been on stage in while so… one of my college shows way back when comes to mind! We performed a lot of covers around that time, and I remember doing a version of “Express Yourself” by Charles Wright with my college peers. An awesome song, though in hindsight I have no idea why I agreed to perform it (if you’ve heard my voice, you’ll know it’s pretty soft/husky/definitely not funky lol). That said, we were having so much fun rocking out on stage together that the entire audience got up and started rocking out with us! It’s miles away from what I write and produce these days but, the energy that night was electric. I can’t wait to get back onto the live scene with my own work!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Ahhh… I remember performing this gig in East London. It’s an amazing venue with incredibly talented musicians, lots of folk into gospel. I’d performed there before, around the time I still thought I was an R&B artist, and it was really well received! So I came back further into my journey with a sound closer to my own, a little more experimental, a little more edge. They absolutely hated it lol. I finished performing and… Silence. I remember the host saying “y’all know you liked that man” and I almost died of embarrassment. I came off stage, went straight to the bar, downed a glass of rosé at record speeds, then slipped out the back door. *Shudders*.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

I love boxing! Well, watching boxing. Especially fights from the 70’s. I’ve watched almost every fight Mohammed Ali ever had. Joe Frazier, George Foreman, their individual fights and of course, their legendary fights against each other. People are often surprised when I tell them that. I have no idea why…

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?

Cinematic. Relaxing. Unpredictable. Emotionally-charged. 

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I’d say the experience people have when they hear the music. I love receiving emails from my subscribers and messages on my Instagram about how my music makes them feel. Some of my faves at the moment came from a secret music video I shared with my email list for a song called Remember:

“Magical, mystical, achingly beautiful”. 

“Pure nectar to my ears”. 

“Was I just being hypnotised?

“Makes my numb-ass heart feel all the feels…”

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

Right now, there is one, single, irritating hair on my chin that is too short to grab with a tweezer. I can feel it. It’s very annoying.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

That’s right! My latest single Selene– my first new release in 4+ years- is out now! It’s a sort of cosmic-film ballad… written with a light, angelic, otherworldly energy speaking to love, juxtaposed against the prominent crash of drums and noise samples speaking to an inner conflict and tension. I’m told it gives goosebumps on first listen.

Talk me through the thought process of creating Selene?

Sure! So one of my inspirations when it comes to songwriting is mythology. I love reading urban myths and folk tales- across cultures- and often find them really inspiring to read and write about. 

Selene was written in response to a myth I came across surrounding the Grecian Moon Goddess of the same name. More specifically, her relationship with a mortal shepherd, Endymion. 

Selene fell in love with him, but felt their love was doomed because she was immortal, and he was not. She asked Zeus to grant Endymion eternal sleep so that he would never grow old or die. So she could love Endymion forever as a somewhat immortal.  

I found this fascinating. It led me to think about how– sometimes in relationships – there’s an expectation to change or downplay aspects of character in order to be accepted. I’m not sure why it led me there. I started writing…

What was the recording process like?

Honestly, recording Selene was a dream. It just flowed and came together really effortlessly and naturally, which was noticeable because it was pretty unusual for me. I often get really granular producing my music, every beat, sample, sound, note… I go to painstaking lengths to get everything just right. My first ever release, Forever, took almost 2 years to write as a result! 

With Selene though, it was just pure flow. One of those magical moments where it just happens. I think that sense of ease carries into the music really well. There’s a beautiful, cinematic, euphoric tone to Selene that was present throughout the recording process and thankfully, carried through to the finished song.  

What was the biggest learning curve in writing Selene?

How long the post-production phase can take! Selene also marks my first time working with mixing and mastering engineers on the interwebs. Constant emails, back and forth… editing, tweaking, perfecting. My main takeaway: give yourself more time than you think you need for post-production!

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nope. I love Selene, and I love the moment in time it represents. I used to agonize a lot over making things perfect. But it’s the moments of rawness, authenticity, and realness that attract me most. I think there’s a healthy blend of precision and rawness there.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

More music! I’ve been working on my debut album since 2021, and it’s finally in the mastering stages! There’ll be a few more single releases over the next few months, with the album due out toward the end of 2022. I can’t wait!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Hey! If you haven’t already, go check out Selene wherever you download and stream music! I’m most active on Bandcamp, but you can find me on Spotify, Apple Music, and wherever you listen to music! If you’d like to stay connected with my journey, follow me on Instagram @ariahindream, I post regularly there. Thank you for reading, I appreciate you!