Seattle-based artist Aradia is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, arriving at a sound best described as roktronika. Reminiscent of artists from Goldfrapp to Blondie, from Bjork to Joan Jett, Aradia blends rock, electronic, and world music to ultimately create a particularly defined flavor of pop music. Her music and her personality reflect an intriguing combination of whimsy and serious introspection—of head in the clouds and feet on the ground. Think Wood Nymph meets Sci-fi warrior; Superhero do-gooder meets space villainess. Aradia is a Roktronik Sci-Fi adventure of Sense and Sound.
Aradia’s musical foundations formed at an early age when she began playing piano and flute. She received classical training from the age of eight, and started performing at ten years old. Singing is something that she’d done naturally from the beginning—her father has been performing for most of his life and Aradia learned from him as a very young child. At 12, she received a synthesizer as a gift and started writing her own flavor of odd pop song. Here, the foundation was laid for the music you hear from her now.
As a teen, she learned guitar, began playing in bands, and performed in local theatre as well as venues around the New York region. Since her teenage years, Aradia has fronted both rock and electronic acts, as well as some that have straddled the two. Her solo music has rich rhythmic textures and provoking lyrics. It leans heavily toward the electronic side—reflecting her longtime love of experimental dance music (such as from NYC’s house music scene)—and features international instrumentation and rhythms, from places like India & Thailand. With songs that cross Donna Summer with Trent Reznor and Bowie with George Harrison, Aradia has a distinct sound that race across a spectrum of genres but achieves a coherent signature style.
Aradia represents and radiates a vast creative force that spans music, mentorship, fashion and fiction. Her approach to the artistic world builds bridges across genres, personalities and mindsets. She is hard at work constructing the famous table in that everyday high school cafeteria where everyone can sit around and be comfortable with others—and themselves.