RB Exclusive Interview: Nils Hoffmann
February 2, 2023
February 2, 2023
New Jersey trio, A R I Z O N A, is taking the world by storm with their forward-thinking melodies, high caliber lyrics, and emotionally upbeat sounds. The electropop band comprised of Zachary Charles (lead singer), Nate Esquite (guitar), and David Labuguen (keys) have come a long way since their beginning, maturing both musically and content-wise. Meeting in Boston while in college, the three got together to jam and have fun making music, never thinking their singles would amass millions of plays after such a short time. When they realized their talent and saw the impact their creative genius had on people, they took off running. Finding their manager, Jake Posner, and signing onto Atlantic Recordings in 2015, A R I Z O N A was born.
After singles like “Oceans Away” dropped and their first album Gallery debuted, the trio reached over a billion worldwide streams and connected with audiences on another level. The past year has consisted of them touring non-stop and being in the studio to follow up their already well-received tracks. Including sold out headline production, A R I Z O N A has performed on the stages of Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Fest, Governors Ball, and more. Charles, Esquite, and Labuguen also worked with Don Diablo on “Take Her Place” and completed a song they worked on with Avicii called “Hold The Line,” which appeared on his posthumous album, TIM. But now, it’s time to welcome their sophomore album Asylum as we get ready for their performance at Dusk Music Festival here in Arizona. Out now on Atlantic Recordings, listen below.
The 28-minute, 9-track album is full of heavy introspective lyrics that are offset by buoyant, glittering sounds. All about living day-to-day in an often dark, unforgiving world, but finding ways to make light of even the most uncomfortable circumstances. Charles, Esquite, and Labuguen found their Asylum in each song they crafted and ask listeners to find their own safe space in the music too.
In the studio, there was a 30 track skeleton that comprised Asylum, but narrowing it down to 9 distinct songs, the trio is able to address several different hardships that befall us human beings. Being in the same vein of sound and aesthetic as Gallery, while portraying original melodies and quality lyrics, these tracks truly melt our hearts while still igniting a sense of joy from within. Treading the dark side of relationship issues, guilt, regret, and more while pairing that with upbeat sounds marks the signature sound we are sure to hear more of from this group.
A R I Z O N A told their followers on Instagram, “While writing Asylum, the studio became a safe space for us when we felt like we were losing our minds – we found comfort and strength in each other, in our friendship, and in these songs.”
A R I Z O N A – Problems [Official Music Video]
Since the debut of Gallery two years ago, A R I Z O N A has been working on the songs for Asylum. And in an interview, they said they will immediately get working on their third album and gearing up for a large tour in 2020. We’ll be able to welcome them early, as they will be performing at Dusk Music Festival on November 9th and 10th. Be sure to grab tickets here to see them alongside Fitz & The Tantrums, Shallou, Kaskade, and so much more. See you at Dusk!
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