Today we’d like to introduce you to Arazo.
Arazo, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
One of the easiest, and most natural, means of expressing myself has always been music.
Being a child of multiple cultures has had a large influence over my interests and what I’m drawn to in life. I was raised by Kurdish parents who relocated to Sweden when I was a baby, so I as I was growing up I experienced different cultures depending on which side of my own front door I was on. It was easy to see the contrasts between these two cultures, but it was even easier to find the commonalities. Fundamentals like love, compassion, family, and a desire to make the world a safe place for everyone.
I’ve been extremely lucky in life to be surrounded by strong role models in my own family. Watching my sisters dominate and thrive in their fields inspired me to live my own life with that same fearlessness. I knew I wanted to live my life in music since I was extremely young, and admitting I wanted to continue pursuing this as a career felt like a huge step, but always the right one. It’s taken me all over the world, from living in Africa to right here in the heart of Los Angeles.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Soul. I can be a very pragmatic person in my day-to-day life, but music is where I can feel. It strips everything back and lets me say what I normally wouldn’t have the courage to, or what may not be the appropriate thing. It’s more honest, and I think that kind of honesty is important in life because truth is universal. No matter how much it feels like it, I am not the only person who feels how I feel, and it helps when another person is able to vocalize or validate these things as well.
I fell into music because artists like Etta James put the words and the sound to the things I’ve experienced. This helped me learn more about myself and helped me grow as a person. If I can make that happen for even one person in the world then I can call myself a success.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Participating in artist showcases are a good way to meet other artists. You find yourself in a line-up of people who are all so uniquely talented but who have the same goals and struggles as you. It’s also a good way to find people who may be fun to collaborate with. Learning from school and those who came before you is paramount, but learning from your peers in invaluable in its own way.
Also, just going to shows and putting yourself out there. Being confident in yourself and your talent will draw the right kind of people to you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
All my music and announcements about what’s to come can be found on my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIhclVXgoOFmvCXWrqz6-KA?view_as=subscriber
Also, my Instagram @Arazo00 is a good way to find out when new songs and events are coming, and to take a look into my day-to-day life and creative process. I’m an open book and I love the platform for its openness and instant communication: https://www.instagram.com/arazo00/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arazo00/
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIhclVXgoOFmvCXWrqz6-KA?view_as=subscriber
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