Artist: Ariel Posen
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Latest Album: Reasons Why
Personal Nicknames (or rejected band names): AP or Guitariel
Which artist has influenced you the most – and how?
I think I’d have to say the Beatles. It was what I was brought up on and, even though I don’t like to compare things in music, they have always acted as a musical measuring stick for songs. I know they were and still are a huge influence on a lot of people, and it’s for good reason. They’re just kind of the greatest.
What was the first moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?
I think from a very early age. My parents were both musicians and I was also immersed in their shows, their travel and the lifestyle. Once I started playing guitar, started actually getting somewhere with it, and had my first gig, it was clear to me that this was my path and that I might actually be able to make a living doing it, too.
What’s the toughest time you ever had writing a song?
I’ve had a couple songs that I thought I had figured out right from the get-go, and as time went on, I started demoing them, and ultimately recording them, I realized they weren’t where they needed to be, yet. I basically started from scratch and built the blocks once again, around what I felt was holding up, and it took a couple of tries to get it right. I think chasing those type of things always end up being worth it!
What has been the best advice you’ve received in your career so far?
That no one is going to give you anything or “make anything happen” for you. It’s all gotta come from you. You will start to get what you put into it. No one’s out there that’s going to give you opportunities, because they are too worried about themselves and who they think is looking out for them! Get out there and make opportunities happen for yourself, put the work in and just be nice.
How often do you hide behind a character in a song or use “you” when it’s actually “me”?
Probably 70/30. Writing about myself and my own experiences is the most authentic form of songwriting and feels the most genuine. However, sometimes I love to write about other peoples’ experiences, often people I know, as I’ve seen these experiences occur from outside the looking glass, so to speak. Both perspectives have a lot to offer. Nothing is more honest than you being you, though!
Photo Credit: Calli Cohen