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West LA's Ariel Pink

West LA's Ariel Pink

Haunted Grafitti's front man

Ariel Pink. When I first gazed a look at Beverly Hills-born musician Ariel Pink, I thought he was Kurt Cobain re-incarnated. But the sound that came out of him was a whole lot of soul and none of that techno-synthed-sampling hoo-haa that comes out of LA’s club scene.

Pink is a true musician in every sense and his sound is very old school with guitar-dominating rhythms.

He’s making his way to Minneapolis in September so I thought I would take a look into this artistic mind and see what I’m in store for.

His album in 2002 House Arrest was mostly recorded in an ashram. Most of his music is put onto cassette tape which seems to give it a signature “old school” sound. The man definitely knows how to groove when listening to his song “Baby.”

His concept of music first, lyrics…well, sometime down the road of creation has given his live shows something unique in that you may never hear the same song in the same way in each show. “I can't settle on lyrics,” he tells L.A. Weekly. “like I'll always just want to change them. So I don't even bother with that process. I just want to have a spontaneous *CENSORED* of lyrics.”

Pink notes “The Cure” as one of his major influences. When creating a song, he goes into character like an actor would, and writes from that characters heart. He doesn’t focus on fame as he believes the public has a short attention span and wouldn’t care long enough to worry about fame.

On a side note, he’s also known for being an artist of grotesque drawings.

Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti has cut nine albums with House Arrest/Lover Boy being his debut in 2002 and his latest Mature Themes being released this year.