WeirdMusic.net EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
[Ari Shine by Adrienne Pierce]
Ghost Town Directory by Ari Shine
Ari is quickly becoming the singer/songwriter to watch in 2011. He plays roosty rock with an a eye for lyrical detail and and an an ear for classic pop song-craft. Ari has toured the U.S. and Canada constantly over the past few years performing with such artists as Rhett Miller, John Doe, Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers , Redd Kross, Silversun Pickups , The Donnas, Liam Finn and many others. Most recently Ari was handpicked to support Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters on his entire summer 2010 solo tour.
In addition to his own work, Ari has become a go to songwriter for buzz acts and established artists alike. Some of his notable co-writes include tracks on albums by The Secret Handshake, Josie Cotton, Gaby Moreno, Into the Presence and Thousand Watt Stare .
[ Ari Shine by Brady Wills ]
WeirdMusic.net - Ari Shine EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
- Do you Like/Write Weird Music ?
I have never considered my music weird but I definitely
have moments on my last record “A Force Of One” that
were pretty, quirky particularly “Deep Pockets/Led Wallets”
and “Flirtation Device”. As far as liking weird music, I would
say a resounding yes! From Os Mutantes and Captain
Beefheart to Falco and Guided By Voices I have always
enjoyed trippy tunes.
- When and where did your experience in music start ?
I began playing guitar when living in Israel as a kid. My
parents had moved there for a year or so. My teacher was
soldier. I was obsessed and couldn’t put my Yamaha axe
down. There was nonstop nylon string guitar action all the
time in the house!
- What are you currently working on and what are your plans for
the rest of the year ?
I am about to release my new album “Ghost Town Directory”
on Beverly Martel Records and will be doing a ton of touring
in the new year. I’m looking forward to shows all over North
America and beyond.
- What do you consider your greatest inspirational sources in
I am constantly blown away by the songwriting of David
Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Bush, Tom Petty, John
Lennon, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joel, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis
Costello and Joe Jackson.
- Best Song Ever ?
Could be “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks.
- Please describe your personal studio for us...
My home studio has Protools, lots of capos, skull shaped
shakers, a Nord Electro, a bunch of fun pedals both vintage
and new, harmonicas, a glockenspiel, a couple of Telecasters,
a Gretsch, a Hummingbird and some cool basses. Oh! And a
toy ukulele that gets used more often than you would think.
- What are your favorite readings ?
Lately, Deepak Chopra 7 Spiritual Laws of Success and Hugh
Cornwell’s Multitude of Sins.
- 3 things you cannot live without ?
My acoustic guitar, my computer and my passport.
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