Ariana and the Rose

PopGun Presents

Ariana and the Rose

RÉN, Bright Light Bright Light (DJ Set)

Mar 22

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY


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Ariana and the Rose
Ariana and the Rose
"Do you want to be behind the piano, or do you want to be in a latex bodysuit in a cage?" Ariana DiLorenzo, an artist carving out her niche in the music industry, found the question, posed to her by a friend, perplexing and reductive. The native New Yorker, who was raised on a musical diet that included rock-rooted pop stars like Fiona Apple, Natalie Imbruglia, and Alanis Morissette, knew she wanted her live shows to be "more than candy canes and pyrotechnics." It's time, she says, "for pop girls to be cool again. Pop shouldn't be a guilty pleasure."

Born on Long Island, the trained dancer entered the world of performance when she was 12, appearing on stage, guest-starring on television series such as The Sopranos, and enrolling at the Professional Arts School with a focus on musical theater. At 20, DiLorenzo was invited by producer Jon Hanser to sing on Bliss, a dance compilation he and DJ Tony Brock were putting together. She performed her track, "Beautiful," at Miami's Winter Music Conference in 2009, but was discouraged by the "artist anonymous" trappings of trance.

In the summer of her senior year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, from which she's since graduated with a double major in drama and journalism, she flew to Nashville to write and record a four-track demo. "Being a singer without music is like being a writer without a pen," she says. "Nashville is a great place for writers." Before the ink even dried, she returned to New York and went directly into artistic development, honing her skills as a pianist, composer, and vocalist with her mentor, Vera Tisheff.

DiLorenzo's first challenge was to put together a strong five-piece band, the members of which now comprise Ariana & the Rose, a nod to her grandmother and the other women in her family—"everyone's middle name is Rose." Ariana & the Rose began touring the country, playing venues as far-flung as the venerable Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles and Gramercy Theatre in New York, where she brought down the house during the after-party for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball.

Things changed for DiLorenzo in October of last year, when she finished her debut EP, which was produced by Grammy winner David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Lana Del Rey). As an unsigned, independent artist, DiLorenzo felt like she was putting the music out "into the ether" when she released it online for free. "It wasn't really going anywhere," she says. She'd already filmed the music video for her lead single, the spirited, hooky paean to love, "When You Know, You Know." But when she looked critically at her sound and her image, she realized that she wasn't exactly where she wanted to be. "I found myself on the right road, but it was time to shift into the perfect lane," she says.

DiLorenzo has since returned to the studio, where she's now polishing—or, more accurately, roughening—the collection of songs that will make up her debut full-length album, due out in October. Stripping back her sound, DiLorenzo wants the final product to reflect the raw energy of her live shows. Mixing the confessional lyricism of her favorite singer-songwriters (Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson) with the sound of dirty synths (Goldfrapp, Santigold—"anything gold, really") and the understated glamour of the French New Wave, DiLorenzo has finally come into her own. "It's sort of hard to pick up the floorboards you've laid down, but I know what I want now," says DiLorenzo, who, following sojourns into showtunes, trance, and unabashed pop, has finally found herself in Ariana & the Rose. "I know who I am now."
"I make music for your soul... and hips and stuff" - this is the goal of New York native & groovy-indie pop songstress RÉN, also known as Renee Orshan. Gaining the plaudits of the likes of Neon Gold, Pigeons & Planes and NYLON Magazine for her unique sound, RÉN’s continuous thought provoking tracks are fresh in perspective. Complementary in wisdom to her debut single "Time", her latest release “Into the Unknown” is an escape and much-needed reminder to let go of those aspects of life you will never have control over. In a way it embodies the core concept of RÉN - live fully, 'let go' of everything holding you back, and go 'Into the Unknown'.
Bright Light Bright Light (DJ Set)
Bright Light Bright Light (DJ Set)
Rod Thomas is possibly the most independent pop star in the world. He is his own label boss, A&R, manager, tour manager and one time booking agent. He publishes himself and organises all his own artwork. The occasional club he runs, Romy and Michelle's Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance, at the brilliantly named C'mon Everybody bar in Brooklyn, is his concept, execution, playlist and NYC pals. His musical collaborators – Elton John, each individual Scissor Sister, Alan Cumming – are drawn from his own rolodex, free from label interference of what might make bank, invited along to suit his specific tastes. However indebted to classic pop methodology and dotted with indisputably ace pop people they become, his records are every note and beat his own.

After moving from London to New York three years since, multi-instrumentalist, singer and for one night only – ta-dah! – dancer Rod Thomas has gone and done it his way. "This one is so close to what it was supposed to be," he says of the record, still looking a little startled at what pop fairydust he managed to sprinkle over the project. "It's a really special thing. The whole thing was about making a record that I give a fuck about with people that give a fuck. That is a joy."
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211