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Art & Life with Ariana Tibi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariana Tibi.


Ariana, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Being raised on the Southern Coast of California was such a dream. I had beaches and rolling hills to explore while my imagination roamed free. And when you’re constantly under the sun, it’s hard not to be happy. My creativity was fostered by loving, expressive parents who encouraged emotional intelligence and artistic indulgence. From a very young age, I always had a colored pen in my hand, rhymes bopping in my head to a steady rhythm all the time. Since I was brought up in a very musical family, I thought this was normal.

By the age of 13, I was drawing on my arms and legs and writing songs to perform with my brother, Jason. Music was highly encouraged but not forced, so the stage became a place I could let myself go, or rather, find myself.

I belted and screamed out choruses in the soulful folk bands I formed up in San Francisco, singing about love and the fate of humanity. Post-college found me in a trio called Luci with two incredible women alongside me, sharing similar stories of love and poetic contemplation.

Luci will be releasing a full-length album in the next few months with songs that empower women to take charge. And I am very excited to say I’ll be releasing under my own name very soon with personal songs that finally are ready to be shared. 🙂

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My mother always brought a pen and paper to restaurants so I would be able to doodle, and she read poems to me as I fell asleep. The rhymes truly stuck in my head and around the age of 5, I was handed a microphone at the family jam. It was all about music and art after that.

I draw with a sharpie or paint with acrylic. Everything I make is very colorful, and there are stories woven into intricate designs all over the page. You’ll find a fish with a top hat or boots with wings, and a labyrinth of patterns that basically followed my thought process while I was making it. I don’t use erasers or pencil, almost everything I design is a stream of consciousness.

Songs are a bit different. They flow out of me like a wave, and then I’ll go back and try to decipher the pieces. It’s fun because I use a different part of my brain for the editing portion! The music business in general turns on some type-A qualities in a very free-spirited body. I love it.

My music is composed of personal stories and basic explorations of the mind. Writing lyrics help me study hope, freedom, and the pressures we face as human beings to be our fiercest selves and I really hope people connect with that inspiration to be positive. I growl at Trump a lot, I write complicated love songs, and I am very inspired by the storytellers of the 60s and 70s!

Most of my songs actually start as a cappella or with a bass line. Ideas usually come when I’m out walking somewhere, which make the craft fun and organic for me. All of my close friends penetrate my music on a high level as well; I lost two friends in tragic accidents over the years so now I really see music as a way to connect to all people. The upset from losing intertwined with the fulfillment of new love make music the thing I hold tightest to.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Being an artist can be lonely. We struggle with SO much on our own inside our heads that it’s difficult to realize you AREN’T alone. Other artists struggle with failure, comparison, self-doubt, etc. All it is really is growth. There is beauty in the struggle!

So…go to shows. Meet the artists. Make friends who also make art and then make it with them. Force yourself to do co-writes (as many as humanly possible) and share things on social media even if they aren’t perfect or finished. Start conversations with other artists and give them a reason to talk back to you about your own art! Basically what I’m saying is get out of your own head 🙂 There is a wonderful collective called LA Songwriters Collective that changed my life. It’s where I met Luci, and it is a fabulous connector and learning hub for any and all creatives in LA. You can join their monthly meetups here:

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post my artwork on my website as well as a few poems and short stories 🙂

Videos of some live performances can be found on YouTube, and over the course of this year, I’ll be releasing acoustic versions of all my songs on my SoundCloud.

My band Luci released a song called ‘Ashes’ on all the streaming platforms last year. Our next single ‘White Horse’ comes out May 2nd!! The full-length album is expected later this year as well.

And of course, you can always catch a live show. I, as well as the band, constantly perform in Los Angeles, in and around Hollywood or the Valley. I’ll be up in San Francisco playing with some old friends at the end of April, and Luci will be back on stage starting in May to promote our new songs.

Follow me and Luci on Instagram for updates, stories, and songs!!

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Image Credit:
Nicol Biesek / Kristi Neilson / Ariana Tibi / Cameron Sarradet

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