Ariel Aparicio knows rock and roll. With a sound and musical style that has been compared to David Bowie, The Stooges and The Strokes, he grabs a hold of this knowledge plus a host of life experiences and hoists them violently and unapologetically onto his recordings for all to hear.
Ariel’s most recent work, released in early 2009 exclusively on iTunes, is a version of the Psychedelic Furs ‘80s classic “Pretty in Pink.” Not only has the response been overwhelming, but the master himself, Richard Butler (lead singer of The Furs) chimed in – “I loved the version. Well done!” The song’s music video debuted on MTV Logo’s New Now Next Pop Lab in Feb.’09 and then went on to spend 18 weeks in the top ten on The Click List- a most requested video program. In addition to being a musical success, the song was also used as a charitable catalyst; during the month of April, ’09, Ariel teamed up with the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure ® to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer through a ‘Think Pink: Download For A Cause’ campaign. On the heels of the buzz surrounding “Pretty in Pink,” Ariel teamed up with the super remix team Pocketknife, to produce a brand new house remix version of the song. The colorful dance floor number, replete with a killer synth/piano combo, also has a visually stunning music video to accompany it, which had its world premiere on Logo’s New Now Next video show. Finishing off 2009, Ariel’s original “Pretty in Pink” video scooped the #3 spot on Logo’s The Click List “Best of ’09”.
Ariel’s full-length album, All These Brilliant Things was released in the fall of 2008. The album has received praise from the likes of HX, Out Impact, Gay Agenda, and After Elton. The opening track, “Life and Times,” is a good summation of the album’s themes, focusing on love, loss, addiction, and new life (Ariel became a father for the 1st time during recording). The video for the song held the #1 position on MTV Logo’s The Click List for 5 weeks in a row. The “Life & Times” video along with “Pretty in Pink” went on to receive 3 PILL Nominations (ADD-TV) including Best Virgin PILL (newcomer) and Best Alternative video.
Recent notable live performances include appearances at the Rhode Island, and Boston Gay Prides and a headlining slot at Virginia Pride. Ariel was also a featured artist at Stonewall- the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Concert & Benefit at the legendary Nokia Theater in Times Square. In celebration of National Coming Out Day in October 2009, Ariel was asked to perform exclusively for MTV Networks’ staff at their Out@MTVN event held at NYC club Therapy.
Also of note, Ariel & The Hired Guns were asked to play at CBGB’s in NYC on the 2nd to last night before the acclaimed venue closed its doors.
Ariel was given the honor to be a part of the OUTMusic “Freedom of Expression” campaign – a campaign that addresses the silent discrimination that goes on within the entertainment industry and focuses on positive encouragement for GLBT artists to be “out” and “open” about their sexuality.
Currently, Ariel resides in Brooklyn with his husband and life partner of 15 years, and their 3-year-old son.
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