Like many people, I first discovered Ariel Pink when he was self-producing albums from his bedroom in Los Angeles reminiscent of the great lo-fi king R. Stevie Moore. I never would have imagined that a few years later, his infectious sound- a mix of pop music and drum sounds made with his mouth- would be a household thing. These days, Ariel is busy touring with a band and modeling for the new Saint Laurent Paris campaign as well as making movies with Elijiah Wood. Currently, his hair is a shocking shade of pink and his look seems to be inspiring fashion houses on the runway as he mixes thrift-store finds with goth aesthetic and punk seamlessly. Here, I sat down to chat with him about his musical influences and his plans for the summer. We also did a fashion shoot, shot on location in the famous freewheeling Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco with looks inspired by Ariel Pink himself.
Lauren Goodman: Will you tell us a little bit about the evolution of your music from making it alone and very DYI, to now? How has that process changed and what does it mean for your work?
Ariel Pink: Well, it’s a very natural progression as far as I am concerned. You start off alone with an idea in your bedroom and eventually you need others. You try to turn them on to what you are doing and work with them. It’s been a slow gradual process for me. I mean, I am 35 and I started making music when I was a teenager, so I’ve had to quite a few years to work out the kinks and all that kind of stuff. I mean, the music itself is the secondary. It’s all about relationships and communication and about negotiating. Negotiating terms and relationships. So, I would say, hopefully I have gotten better at that. At the same time, you wouldn’t know necessarily because I have limited my involvement to the people that I am committed to. In the past, I was more promiscuous, so to speak, in terms of whom I played with and under what circumstances. I am pretty devoted to my band and the chemistry that we have developed. It would be counter intuitive if I started with a band and went solo. It should be the other way around. Read More