ARIS LIVE IN NYC|
Highlights from Aris' 01/07/17 performance at The Delancey in NYC
COVER OF THE MONTH|
For January 2017, Aris covers Mariah Carey's "Emotions" as a send-off to her New Years Eve performance, live at the Delancey in NYC
Aris stops by Talking About to talk about his new album, new single, inspirations, and upcoming shows.
PULSE ALBUM REVIEW|
"Aris may have sharpened up his style, but his musical edges remain as razor sharp as ever, as you will see in his latest offering, Pulse. While the title is ominously timely, Aris’ wonderful package of music has an ongoing theme of loving, and of truly living, which is a message we all could use right now. In fact, Aris has chosen to donate all proceeds from his song “Pulse,” to assist families affected by the Orlando tragedies (a wonderfully ironic gesture, as this track has essentially samples Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” a classic anthem for the LGBT community). As for the musical content on “Pulse,” it is in a word, sublime. Aris’ gritty and raw vocals are my personal preference, and his material melds perfectly with them. He rips through tracks like “Reborn” and “Stay The Night,” and gives some love to the dance floor on tracks like “The Music” and “Rain.” One of Aris’ strongest influences is the glorious Paula Cole, who is featured on the track “Love (Thank You),” and it is because of artists like Aris that stellar vocalists like Cole are kept as part of the cultural lexicon. Aris dips his toe into the “remix” arena with the “Dancehaus” mix of “Reborn,” breathing a new kind of life into this track. This package of tracks from this talented and unique artist is the perfect late night soundtrack to get you through those extra long summer nights."
- Michael Cook Out in Jersey, Huffington Post
COVER OF THE MONTH - AUGUST 2016|
Cover of the Month for August 2016, Madonna's "Drowned World/Substitute For Love" , which Aris performed live at the Reinventions Benefit at Stonewall NYC. posted 8/16/16
REBORN MAXI SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE|
COVER OF THE MONTH - JULY 2016|
Cover of the Month for July 2016, Anouk's poignant reggea rock anthem "Heaven Knows". posted 7/28/16
via Twisted Male Mag
COVER OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2016|
Cover of the Month for June 2016, India Arie's gorgeous ballad "Ready for Love". posted 6/25/16
PULSE ALBUM REVIEW|
"I’m always honored to be asked to review the work of my artist friends. ESPECIALLY when I’m already a fan of their work. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been listening to Aris Ziagos’ new album Pulse on repeat since it came out last month. To be honest, it has been on repeat in a mix that includes Donna summer, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner.
The moment I heard clips of the songs and a few full songs in a car ride with Aris, I immediately thought of Donna Summer. This actually began my renewed desire to throw on a few of my favorite Donna hits. The first single from Pulse has been out for a while now and it has been making me want to move since first hearing it. I have said that I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve probably listened to it but I am someone who has at least one ear bud in my ear even while I’m working. A good beat keeps me going and in a good mood no matter how much work I have to do or how intense it is.
I listen to very few albums all the way through without pushing past a few songs, even from my favorite mainstream artists so when I can thrown on one album and listen all the way through that is saying a lot. Pulse is definitely a collection of songs that is good for a long car ride, a hike, a workout, or just while you are cleaning and cooking.
The first song, Love (Thank you) features artist Paula Cole. It remind me immediately of Donna Summer’s hit I Feel Love with it’s sexy, breathy repetition and underlying sexy rhythm. Rain is a storm of emotion, desire, passion, and pain. I’ve said I felt like he was in my diary at some point, especially when I hear this one. It just feels that personal and I think it will to many people.
Speaking of Donna Summer, the title track has a sample of I Feel Love and I can actually hear Donna performing this one with approval. Handle It is definitely for anyone who has been wronged by a lover or just not appreciated for who they are. To me, it sounds like a dare to handle me in all my fabulousness if you think you can. But if you can’t, well the hell with you. It is reminiscent of a Beyonce empowerment piece. Basically, take me for what I am or everything you own will be in a box to the left.
Next, I want to talk about the Reborn remix. I do enjoy a good remix, especially when it is different version of the song that brings a new way to enjoy it. This remix does that for me by giving it a new beat. Make sure you check it all out for yourself at Aris’ website and follow him on social media because you are also going to want to check out his covers."
- Tommy Geraci, Teeco71
Prayers for Orlando Almost a week later and I'm finally able to speak. This tragedy has affected me in many ways and I know many people who've lost loved ones. It is an unfortunate coincidence that my new album happens to share the name of the club where this tragedy took place. When everything unfolded, I had to ask myself "How do I move forward? Do I shelve the album?" and then I realized that essentially that would be caving to fear and terror.
Instead I'm dedicating the title track "Pulse" to the victims and the families in Orlando, and donating all proceeds of the song. It's an anthem about triumph through hardship, loving yourself and eachother, and celebrating life.
My album "Pulse" is an album inspired by love, which I hoped would inspire people to be themselves and celebrate their lives. Perhaps it is serendipity, in a way, that now I can dedicate this music to those who have left us too soon, and to those of us that are still here fighting this fight for love, for equality, for humanity. I will stand tall, I will be fearless, I will take every moment along this journey to use this platform to honor those we've lost, and to project a beacon of hope and light for those of us who remain huddled together in these dark days. I will love unconditionally. I will not fear judgement. I will announce from the roof tops that I am proud of who I am, and who I love. I hope and pray all of us can turn this nightmare into a movement of solidarity, of unity, of change.
My heart is with all of you who have lost someone, or know someone who has. All we can do is celebrate life. All we have is this moment. Cherish it. Cherish those around you. Put love above all else. And if you need an ear, a hand, a hug, don't isolate yourself. Reach out! Let's make sure our community becomes more and more tightly knit.
NEW REBORN REMIX|
The Dancehaus Remix of "Reborn" from the new album "Pulse" posted 6/5/16
NEW ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE|
COVER OF THE MONTH - MAY 2016|
You can also watch another live cover of "Feelin' Love" recorded at the Triad in NYC in the video section. posted 5/25/16
You can also watch another live cover of "Feelin' Love" recorded at the Triad in NYC in the video section.
Aris stops by The Stryke Zone to talk about his new album, new single, inspirations, authenticy and current events including the HB2 Bill.
COVER OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2016|
NEW ALBUM COMING SOON|
Pulse is forthcoming, coming May of 2016
NEW REBORN REMIX|
OMA AWARD WIN|
Aris won Producer of the Year at the 9th Annual OutMusic Awards for his self-produced album "Twilight Revival"
via Twisted Male Mag
via Fire Down Below
via Daily Boom
"I always have music on while working and one evening I realized that I had put Paula Cole's "I Believe In Love" on loop as I was writing. I took a break and hit up YouTube to find a live performance of the song. I found a duet of it done with Aris that completely blew me away. Click the video and listen for the first minute and you'll get exactly what I mean.
His voice is magic and so naturally I needed to learn more. While flipping through Aris' other work I came to realize that behind the amazing voice was likely a pretty soulful man, one that seemed deeply connected to the life around him. I also kept an eye on his Kickstarter campaign and watched as it eventually resulted in the completion of Aris' forthcoming album, Pulse.
Aris released his first single, "Reborn" off the project a few weeks ago and it was time for me to request an interview with him. What I quickly learned was that, while my initial instincts and "read" were pretty spot on, Aris is even more incredible one-on-one. Women have played a major role in helping to shape not only his career, but also in Aris' life path. He was raised in NYC by his belly dancer mother, whose mantra was, "If you don't take chances in life you'll regret it. "
"My mother has passed, but I hear those words every time I have doubt. It helps to steady me and ultimately has helped me to be more fearless in my life." explained Aris during our recent chat. Another woman who has influenced him greatly has been Paula Cole. His appearance with her nearly two years ago was hardly a fluke. As it turns out, Cole's groundbreaking 1996 release, This Fire was a favorite of his mother's and it was also that body of work that made Aris decide to pursue his own musical dreams.
A love of poetry as a teen eventually helped when it came time for Aris to really get in touch with who he wanted to be musically. While nearly every track that he has released up to this point has an underlying dance beat, Aris is quick to not only see the color and texture of different musical styles, but also integrate them into his own tracks. He doesn't see the boundaries between different musical genres. Everything in life alternates between light and dark and if you listen closely you'll also pick up on this in Aris' songs.
"Fallen Blind" is a personal favorite of mine and the video provides proof of just how fearless Aris is in his visual choices. The NSFW clip may make some squirm, as it also depicts a lack of boundaries separating men and women, or more importantly, love itself. At root, if we're being honest then when stripped down we're all very similar. The feelings, fears and fantasies are somewhat alike but not everyone is comfortable enough to admit it.
Pulse is actually Aris' third full length album and it is scheduled for a mid-November release. "Reborn", the aforementioned first single is now available on iTunes and will have a video to accompany it in early October. There will also be two new remixes released. Aris is really hoping that Pulse will take people on a 15-track musical journey that ultimately lifts them. He likens the beats of music to a pulse and for this project, that pulse will include everything from 90's house music, rock, soul and even authentic tribal beats.
Aris' collaborating with Paula Cole wasn't a time only thing either. He actually has a new song with her on Pulse called, "Love (Thank You)" that will ultimately be released as a single in the near future. Throughout our conversation, Aris expressed his gratitude towards those that have helped to support his dreams and inspired him to have the confidence to continue on his path. He hopes that his music will ultimately light a fire beneath others. "I really hope that the people that listen to my music are inspired to never stop fighting or reaching for their own dreams."
I'd strongly suggest that you all keep a really close eye on Aris Ziagos, because his star is clearly on the rise. Look for him out on the road later this winter as well. After releasing Pulse the buzz-worthy artist can't wait to start playing his new tracks live across the U.S."
via The News Hub
"With driving beats, assorted electronic elements, and an infectious groove at its core, ‘Reborn’ is an up-beat track that instantly pulls you in. From the slick bass and scattered licks in the verses, to the powerful chorus, there’s an energy that’ll have listeners feeling renewed, rejuvenated, and revived. That said, ‘Reborn’ isn’t just an all-out, face-to-the-floor adrenaline boost, there’s a seductive element to the track that gives it another dimension. ‘Reborn’ perfectly balances the up-beat with the laid-back, chill vibe. It’s this duality that really shines through above all: not quite EDM, not quite Pop, and not quite Rock, but a perfect blend of all of these styles coming together to create something new entirely."
"REBORN" MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE|
The new single "Reborn" by Brooklyn native Aris straddles the lines of rock, pop and electronics with a thumping stomp-clap-kick groove, lush live strings, layered harmonies and soaring hooks. The lead single from Aris' upcoming album "Pulse" is now available to purchase on iTunes and to stream on Soundcloud, with remixes forthcoming. The successfully Kickstarted album "Pulse", his third full length LP, will be released in the Spring of 2016. The album delivers a hearty 15 track collection of dance, rock, soul and world sounds, and features a collaboration with Grammy winner Paula Cole.
Aris and his music have been featured in fashion campaigns for Project Runway winner Irina Shabayeva and on dance floors at venues such as the legendary Webster Hall, the Bitter End, Santos Party House. Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal describes Aris' music as "rock with big lyrical themes" and offers comparisons to singer Peter Gabriel. While Aris has also drawn comparisons to Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell and Seal, his sound is definitely unique. Aris “combines a punk sensibility with electronic dance to create a unique grunge house sound all his own" writes Nashville's "Inside OUT"
via Audio Fuzz
"Aris does it again. He is probably one of the most prolific artists out there, and everything he does, is absolutely fabulous. Aris’ song, “Reborn”, just hits you in all the right spots. Describing Aris’ music is like telling the blind about the sunset; you have to hear him to appreciate him. "
NEW SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE|
ARIS SUCCESSFULY KICKSTARTS NEW ALBUM|
Aris has successfully funded his new album "Pulse" via Kickstarter. This will be Aris' third full length album. He'll be heading back into the recording studio this Spring to finalizing his works. A lead single release is expected Summer 2015, with the full release of "Pulse" coming in the Spring of 2016.
NEW GETOUT MAGAZINE NYC INTERVIEW|
UPCOMING LIVE APPEARANCES IN NYC|
Sunday March 1st 4:20pm
Friday March 6th 9:00pm
Saturday May 23rd 8:00pm
ARIS PRESS & MEDIA FEBRUARY 2015|
* Allow Aris to Raise your Pulse with his Music via Teeco71
* Aris: The New 'Pulse' of Kickstarter via Soundtrack to My Day
* Is He Ready to Jump? Yes! via BoyCulture
* On Air with Douglas: Special Guest Aris radio interview
ARIS NOMINATED FOR 5 OUTMUSIC AWARDS |
Aris is nominated in 5 categories at the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards, including Best Rock Song (for "Hallelujah"), Best Alternative Song (for "Fallen Blind"), Best Inspirational Song (for "Pray for Change"), Producer of the year (for "Deaf Dumb & Blind") and Best Spoken Word Live Performance (for his duet with Paula Cole). The 9th OUTmusic Awards presented by Lexus and DonnaJean Media Group will take place at the historical Town Hall Theater in New York City on Monday, January 19, 2015. The event will be hosted by Lea DeLaria (from “Orange Is The New Black”) and recording artist Ari Gold.
ARIS PERFORMS AT THE TREVOR PROJECT FALL FESTIVAL |
The Trevor Project's Fall Fete was held Friday November 14th at Marquee in NYC. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Aris performed a special set dedicated to those who've lost their battle to suicide, and those that have yet to be found. To find out more information about The Trevor Project and how you can get involved, visit www.thetrevorproject.org
BEHIND THE MUSIC OF TWILIGHT REVIVAL|
This short film narrated by Aris takes a behind the scenes look at his music, the inspiration behind his songs, live performance clips (including a cover of P!nk's "Crystal Ball", a cover of The Lumineers "Ho Hey" and a special duet of "I Believe in Love" with Paula Cole) and more. Featuring music from Aris' latest album "Twilight Revival"
"FALLEN BLIND" MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE|
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself. The song "Fallen Blind" is about how even the wrong love can bring you closer to the light. The video builds on this theme while exploring the counterbalance between lust and love, light and dark, and sexual identity. Bathed in hues of red and blue, the video unfolds like a fantasizing mind, flashing erotic imagery and emotion, juxtaposed with spiritual symbolism and self-reflection. The Not-Safe-For-Work music video is the latest release from Aris' 2013 album "Twilight Revival"
"Fallen Blind" is available on the deluxe edition of "Twilight Revival", at digital retailers worldwide:
"FALLEN BLIND" MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW|
posted 7/01/14 via Soundtrack To My Day
MIRROR MAGAZINE FLORIDA interview|
"TWILIGHT REVIVAL" ALBUM REVIEW|
posted 5/23/14 via Soundtrack To My Day
SCENE MAGAZINE MINNEAPOLIS INTERVIEW
"ARIS IS BURNING" DORIAN MAGAZINE FEATURE
posted 03/26/14 via dorianmagazine.com
OUTFRONT COLORADO MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
GETOUT MAGAZINE NYC INTERVIEW|
"ROCK STEADY" REVOLUTIONARYGAY BLOG INTERVIEW|
"LIGHT TO DARK" FEATURED ON TEECO71.COM|
POPING CHERRY BLOG EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW|
"LIGHT TO DARK" MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE|
While the lead single "Twilight" from Aris' album "Twilight Revival" continues to generate buzz worldwide with its infectious beats, gritty vocals and call-to-the dance-floor party vibe, Aris is ready to show a softer side of himself with "Light to Dark". Inspired by love and loss, the track follows step with syncopated electronic beats & synths like its predecessor, while exposing a new layer of vulnerability in its emotionally raw vocals and video. The acoustic version of the video further penetrates the heart.
Aris confesses "I wrote this song after a breakup with a recent long term relationship, someone I thought I'd spend the rest of my life with. When we were together things felt right. Everything seemed brighter. When it was over, I felt like I was left behind in the dark. It took a long time for me to be able to let the light in again, and this song was one of the special bi-products of that time. For the video, we wanted to find the beauty in the truth of the emotions and the tears."
Both versions of the song are available on the deluxe edition of "Twilight Revival", at digital retailers worldwide. A Free download of an acoustic version of "Light to Dark" is available on FaceBook:
INSIDEOUT NASHVILLE FEATURES "TWILIGHT"|
"Clubland's newest out rocker combines a punk sensibility with electronic dance to create a unique grunge house sound all his own."
posted 03/12/14 via insideoutnashville.com
RAINBOW WORLD RADIO INTERVIEW & LISTENING PARTY|
"SOUNDCHECK WITH ARIS" FLAME MAGAZINE FEATURE|
posted 03/09/14 via Flame Magazine
"ARIS IS BURNING" GAY CALGARY MAGAZINE FEATURE|
"BREAKING RAVE" BENT AMERICA INTERVIEW|
RADIO APPEARENCE: Orlando, FL / The Qiew / CBS Sports Radio|
Aris joined the hosts of The Qiew (Saturday February 1st at 1pm EST) to talk about his new album, single and inspirations. Listen to the interview archived here:
"IT'S A DISCO REVIVAL WITH ARIS' TWILIGHT"
The "Twilight" single & Twilight Revival Album has gotten a great write-up on Teeco71.com
posted 01/05/14 via Teeco71.com
"NEW MUSIC: Brooklyn Native Singer-Songwriter Aris Releases Remix Single & Video"
posted 12/16/13 via AccidentalBear.com
TWILIGHT MAXI SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE
The "Twilight" maxi single is now available on over 700 digital music stores worldwide, featuring the Dancehaus Radio edit & a special acoustic reworking.
A new version of the Twilight music video has been released to accompany the single.
CANDID ARIS INTERVIEW WITH ONAIRWITHDOUGLAS
Aris recently did a candid interview with the popular radio show OnAirWithDouglas. Tune in to the stream below to hear the interview which includes insight into Aris' creative process, song inspirations, goals for 2014 and more.
New Entertainment Internet Radio with On Air with Douglas on BlogTalkRadio
Other recent guests of OnAirWithDouglas include Frank Music, Sam Sparrow, Michelle Visage, Margaret Cho...
TWILIGHT REVIVAL REVIEW ON POPCULTUREZ.COM|
"...Vocally, Aris’ voice has the same sort of gravelly cadence that Bryan Adams has seen take him to worldwide acclaim, while the lyrics shift from positive party-ready messages to bleaker moments, like on the somber plea of, ‘Fallen Blind.’ The moods are reflected in the production as Aris shows a whole range of emotion on this strongly produced 54-minute selection.
Where he spreads into other areas, Aris’ music is definitely rooted in a pop / rock tradition, and so will appeal to fans of names like the afore-mentioned, Peter Gabriel and even a more-experimental U2. Sometimes real quality can rise from the most unexpected of places, and Aris’ ‘Twilight Revival’ manages to do just that."
ARIS TEAMS UP WITH THE LARGEST FOOD PROGRAM IN NYC|
Aris has once again partered with The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen to raise funds for hungry New Yorkers this holiday season. Aris featured the Soup Kitchen in his video for "Pray for Change" . Watch the music video to find out more about this amazing organization. Aris is currently raising funds towards a $500 goal, which will feed 500 people this holiday season.
>> To contribute to the cause, click here.
ARTICLE ABOUT ARIS ON POPMATTERS.COM|
Aris' new album and recent performance with Paula Cole received a great in-depth article on popmatters.com...
"Brooklyn Musician Aris Goes to Church with Paula Cole"
Brooklyn native singer-songwriter Aris has just released the deluxe edition of Twilight Revival, an album that blends alternative rock, electronic & pop genres. From the thumping opener “Twilight” to the campfire-folk closing track “Revival” to the diverse bonus tracks included on the digital release, Aris’ self-produced album is rooted in dynamic instrumentation, and exploration of vocal styles.
Drawn to poetry, Aris gravitated towards emotional music by singer-songwriters who bared their souls through musical expression such as Paula Cole and Chris Cornell, whose confessional works continue to influence him. Recently he performed a duet with Grammy winner Paula Cole to a packed house and standing ovation.
From as early as age three, the Brooklyn native can remember being influenced by the city’s melting pot of musical sounds, and as the son of an Irish belly-dancing mother and a Greek immigrant father his musical worldview was influenced by the diversity shared by his family and hometown.Newfound perspectives gained through life changing events experienced during the death of his mother during Hurricane Sandy can be found within this refined collection of songs.
The album’s tracks have been honed to reflect both a journey of inner transformation and healing as well as exposing the cracks in the government and institutional response to the disaster. This is a life-altering period Aris hopes to further explore and illuminate in a documentary that would use the story of his mother as a lens to tell a larger story about the failure of local and national systems to manage emergency disaster relief..."
LIVE DUET WITH PAULA COLE|
Aris joined Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole on stage in Chatham New Jersey on Saturday September 7th to perform a duet of her 1999 hit single "I Believe In Love". They dedicated the song as a touching tribute to his mother Ginny. Watch the live performance video above, or watch the full clip with extended intro on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV5IEz5dvqc
TWILIGHT REVIVAL DELUXE EDITION AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE|
The deluxe edition of my new album TWILIGHT REVIVAL is now available worldwide on iTunes and various other music platforms. The expanded collection features some new sonic scapes from me including two moody soul/rock tracks "Anchor" and "Fallen Blind", as well as acoustic reworkings of 3 singles from the album and the DanceHaus remix of Twilight. You can get the 17 track collection now on iTunes for only $9.99. posted 09/06/2013
ARIS IS NOW ON VEVO|