Darià Imanol Artiola Fortuny popularly known in the music industry as just Darià Artiola is a Catalan who is based in Barcelona, he has just released an original album titled “Darià Artiola”. We had a few questions and answers with him. Below are exclusive details on Darià Artiola and his new release.
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What is your real name?
My real name is Darià Artiola, and my full name is Darià Imanol Artiola Fortuny.
What’s your official Stage Name (showbiz name)?
It was Aroarer previously, as I collaborated with a number of DJs. I will still use that name as a collaborative alias, but my official Stage Name is the same as my real name: Darià Artiola.
What do you do (fashion, music, comedy, artist, dancer, etc.)?
I am a singer-songwriter who started singing when I was a kid. A little over a decade ago I picked up the guitar and synthesiser to accompany my voice with melodies that I would hear.
How did you get into what you do (music, modelling, art, dance, etc.?)
The original influence is my mother, who put me in a local choir at a young age. From there, it’s been an organic process with friends who played instruments. We started bands in middle school, high school and on through college.
What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what your career/profession/ field feels like?
I am personally in the indie rock genre with the style and instrumentation. I’ve heard a few comparisons with my first solo album to Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, and Gorillaz.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
First and foremost, the community I am in inspires me. That includes my family, my friends, and the places where I have lived. They have always played a big role in my life. They cultivated me, and allowed me to become who I am. Musically, I have a few key influences: Incubus (particularly Brandon Boyd, the lead singer), Yeasayer (an indie rock band), Third Eye Blind, and MGMT.
What was your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I can’t recall the very first project, as it’s been over 20+ years; however, the first project that started to get a bit “more serious” was Brazen Stir from when I was in college. We released an album in 2010, which can be found on Spotify, etc. Ironically, our CD Release show was our last show together.
How many projects do you have so far?
Aside from Brazen Stir, I have collaborated with several DJs and producers, including: Grim Avenue (aka OMFG Zombies), Take8, Nacho Molina, and Blhax Beats. Take8 and Nacho Molina co-founded Díscola Records with me as well, it’s an independent record label based in Madrid and Barcelona.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I am not sure the exact amount of time, but I am probably coming close to 30 years being involved in music. Creating music and taking part in bands for about 20 years, and working as a solo artist a little over 10 years.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Well, who doesn’t want to make a living doing what they love? That would be amazing. However, I would be very pleased with delivering the type of feelings and emotions I have felt from other artists’ songs to other people with my songs. That would be wonderful.
Have you won any awards or been nominated for an award? Or in short, any achievement? Both in and out of your career path.
No, I have not.
What is this new release about?
This new album is about many topics that are present currently, particularly issues that are important to The Millennial generation: inequality, social / economic issues, and taking care of our only home, Mother Earth.
The album includes 10 songs (She’s Serious, Questions That Spin?, Feeling In Your Heart, Again & Again, Sunday Spell, Ghosts of Summer (Interlude), Something, Panic by the Roses, That’s OK and Plastic), and they each refer to many of the topics that concern his generation: Millennials.
Of course, one of the themes is ecology and sustainability, and it materialises in the song “Plastic”, where I cry out how it is possible that we treat a planet so poorly. A place we are only visiting, which is in and of itself a real present
Who and how many people worked on it?
I wrote the songs, melodies, and a majority of the lyrics. The album was produced by local producer and sound engineer, IK Miranda. The song She’s Serious features a female vocalist, Lucía Layunta and Panic by the Roses features the co-founder of Díscola Records and artist, Take8.
What can your previous and new audiences anticipate from you in the future?
I am already working on some new songs and have several ideas from the past that I would like to revisit now that I have this additional experience. I can’t give a definitive answer, but the very least I can say is that it will stay in the indie rock style and probably try to generate visceral responses. There are many issues out there that I would like to address. My goal would be to create a bit of shock with what is said, in such a way that catalyses reflection of the world we are living in and the beauty of existence. I can’t express how grateful I am to be able to do music in any form and to perceive life. Consciousness is a gift, it’s that simple.