June 14, 2021
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Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty landed second place on American Idol, where he defied all conventional wisdom by performing his own original material on the show’s 17th season. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing singer-songwriter when he performs live at Graceland on June 14 - his first Memphis appearance!
“This past year has been a time of reflection for me,” says Alejandro Aranda, aka Scarypoolparty. “It’s been a chance to strip everything back and figure out who I really am and what I really want to say.”
Such moments of quiet contemplation are a precious commodity for Aranda, who spent much of the past few years in near-constant motion as he rocketed from playing bars and backyards to sold-out headline tours and massive festival stages. While Scarypoolparty’s recent output would seem to suggest that Aranda thrives on the chaos of the road, “Home,” his enthralling new single, and ‘Los Angeles,’ his captivating new EP, stand as proof that stillness suits him just as well. Recorded alone at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the songs are the product of a life—and a world—put on pause, works of raw, introspective honesty fueled by probing lyrics and addictive hooks. Drawing on everything from pop and hip-hop to R&B and classical music, the tracks are deceivingly bright, wrapping weighty themes and deep personal revelations in dazzling productions that belie their hefty emotional punch. Aranda is certainly no stranger to baring his soul in his music by now, but this new material is undoubtedly Scarypoolparty’s most candid yet, facing down anxiety, isolation, and disillusionment with its heart affixed firmly to its sleeve.
It was music, in fact, that gave Aranda a voice in the first place. Born and raised in southern California, he grew up a voracious listener, one equally as enthralled with Bach and Chopin as Frank Zappa and Nick Drake, but he didn’t start writing and performing until he was nearly 20 years old.
“I was working crazy hours and just trying to ignore everything I was feeling at the time,” he explains. “Eventually, I couldn’t hold it in anymore, and I realized that I needed to find a way to express myself, to verbalize all the things I didn’t know how to talk about.”
So Aranda began writing songs and performing wherever he could find an audience. Busking on street corners quickly gave way to more traditional gigs around LA, and soon Aranda was on the road with Twin Shadow, who invited him to join his touring band and helped mentor him as a producer. It was around this same time that Aranda landed on American Idol, where he defied all conventional wisdom by performing his own original material every night. It was a risky move, but one that paid off handsomely when Aranda landed second place on the show’s 17th season, walking away from the series with both his artistic integrity and a considerable international fanbase desperate to see him live. (One of those fans just happened to be Stevie Nicks, who took to Facebook to welcome Aranda “to the grand stage that will be your home for the rest of your extraordinary life.”)
“Being true to myself and my art was what brought me here in the first place,” he explains, “so it only made sense to follow that path and keep forging those kinds of deep connections with people. If anything, I wanted to get even more honest with these songs.”