When Ariana and Rose Hit TIC Toc, the New York City singer-songwriter sits behind a piano, tickles the keys and shares her thoughts on everything from relationship sourness to the “fk boys” she should have seen coming a mile away. And while the quarantine gave Ariana DiLorenzo some time to sift through her emotions and share her candid findings with a dedicated niche audience (over 12 million views on TikTok so far), her first full-length album, lonely Hearts Club, less about digital and more about physical. Sure, introspection exists and is to blame, but the album takes second guesses in favor of bold statements, from the inclusive anthem “Every Body” to the irreverent “If New York Is Dead, Bury Me With Her” confidently. to the dance floor. Come on “universe lover.”
“I wanted to make a ‘We’re Back’ album,” explains Ariana Board, “Being on the dance floor is very therapeutic.” Working with his music director Andy Highmore for the first time as a producer in the studio, lonely Hearts Club There’s a club-ready bouquet of popular synths, thumping beats, and Hypnotic House. “The house music revival is here,” she says. “As the world darkens, house music has a tendency to fall back.”
with lonely Hearts Club get outAriana and Rose talk Board Why about everything from the state of NYC nightlife to DM-ing fans rocky horror picture show His mood for this album was on board.
You have been releasing music as Ariana and Rose for many years, including a few EPs. What made you decide it was the right time for a full-length album?
I had no plans to make an album before COVID. I was about to go on tour, I made out Constellation – Phase 1 There was more in 2019 Constellation – Phase 2 ready to go. Then COVID happened and everyone stopped. By the time I got my bearings, probably in the summer of 2020, I realized I was writing songs on my piano, stuck inside dealing with my own sh-t. For me, I had a breakup just before COVID and I was sitting by my side. I realized, “I think I have a great thing to say.” And the world was different – those songs were from a different place and didn’t reflect where I, or any of the people, was.
So what inspired these songs?
The song “Every Body” I was thinking, “Well, what does anyone need to hear from a white cis girl from New York right now?” I thought that if I have the privilege of a platform, what can I do with it? And from this “every body” was born. The album contains a song called “If New York Is Dead, Bury Me With Her”. And it was a reaction to everyone who had been saying for months in a row that “New York is dead,” and after a while I was like, “That’s it!” as it was I was composing and writing on the piano, and then I took it to a producer, Andy Highmore, and we both made an album. There’s another writer on another song on the record – just the two of us.
How is your working relationship with Andy Highmore in the studio?
He is my music director; I have been working with him since 2017 but have never been in the studio together. This album was made the way I dream, the way my favorite records are made: An artist walks into a studio with a producer and you make an album. From an identity standpoint, it’s by far the clearest of who I am as a person and an artist. It was a true collaboration between the two of us. She’s British and very steeped in the house music and British dance aesthetic and I felt very strongly at the time where things were going – Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” enter the conversation. I think the house music revival is here. As the world darkens, house music has a tendency to fall back. He has worked with The Knox and Aluna George, but had not previously produced a pop album. It was like, “Here we go.”
It’s definitely tougher dance music than what you’ve done in the past.
Once I decided it was going to be an album, I felt strongly that I wanted to make something when the world was open again. I didn’t want to make a quarantine album, I wanted to make a “we’re back” album. This summer really feels like the first summer things are back. It’s not that COVID is over, but people are way out now that it’s awesome to be on the dance floor. I think now more than ever.
Traditionally, the phrase “Lonely Hearts Club” was used as a pity, but I love that you’re using it as this empowering ‘club’ to invite people.
With “Lonely Hearts Club”, my image was rocky horror picture show In my mind. They’re in this mansion and they’re a bunch of misfits: “Are you a mess? Has society turned you away? Come to our house.” It was a major inspiration for the album. And I like the idea of the “Lonely Hearts Club” being a club that you can subscribe to and a physical location as well. This is community.
Your social media presence really expanded in the pandemic, with lots of people connecting to these videos of you sitting at keyboards and talking about breakups and romantic disappointments. Do you find that people have started DMing you and sharing their stories?
I get this all the time now which is really cool. I had a girl who was DMing me saying, “I woke up feeling like I was being dumped.” Some people will DM me with a story and some will DM me at the beginning of the conversation – they’re looking to talk. I have had a few instances where I have met people in person, which is fun and new to me. I was in line at a coffee shop near my apartment and this girl from Scandinavia who was visiting Brooklyn turned and said, “Oh my god, hi!” And I thought, “Do I know this person?” So I was like “hi” and he clearly hugged me and said, “I follow you online and I love your videos.” I have done this many times where people hug me; I think my videos are intimate and make people feel like they know me. Whom I love. It’s in my DMs, it’s in person. This has been a very interesting development in my life which is the best point of social media. At least when it’s beautiful and not all other things. There’s something easy about telling your deepest feelings to a stranger. There is a freedom there. Sometimes you get emotionally slutty with someone you don’t know well. I am proud to have created a small corner of the internet where people feel they can be uplifted.
Earlier you mentioned to all the people that NYC is dead. As an entertainer and event planner (with the Light + Space series, which had a pre-pandemic residence at the House of Yes in Brooklyn), do you think it’s back? Are they eating their words?
I guess anyone who wants to think that the city is dead or that New York is over New York is over New York. Maybe they were looking for an excuse. I’m not trying to convince anyone here to love New York. If you don’t love him, he doesn’t need you, he has too many people. Do I think it’s back? Maybe it’s just different. I grew up here. For me, when I was in high school, the city feels a bit too much in the sense that yes, it’s a little less safe, but things are going on everywhere. Is it fully back? it’s different. If you want to look at it from a statistics standpoint, that’s how people like to measure things – you can look at rent prices and crime rates – but New York has always had its ups and downs. But I measure New York by its spirit and spirit and the vibrancy of what is happening here. And I think it’s happening again and in a way we haven’t seen in a while pre-COVID.
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