London-based artist Aruba Red has shown us her exceptional artistry through her music. Aruba Red is an alternative/soul artist that releases music full of intense energy and emotion. We feel intimately connected with Aruba Red's music, especially her music that serves more to her compassionate side. Aruba Red's most recent EP "Holy Waters" grabbed the #7 spot on iTunes Top RnB/Soul Albums Chart--a deserving accomplishment. Aruba Red is expressive, impassioned, and utterly touching with the music she creates for her listeners, and we couldn't be more excited to showcase her latest single "This Bitter Earth" here on BuzzMusic!
Aruba Red. What an artist she is! Her music is eccentric, soulful, and unpredictable. "This Bitter Earth" is filled with her musical passion, and it's undeniable that her overall production is full of authenticity. Her sound sounds like it has been cultivated in the most honest and inspiring way. "This Bitter Earth" is almost five minutes filled with beautiful instrumentals, intertwined with the piercing and ethereal voice of Aruba Red. As an alternative soul artist, Aruba Red has an insane amount of room for creativity on the type of music her category can hold. "Today you were young, but too soon you are old [...] This bitter earth may not be so bitter after all" --ArubaRed incorporates a story within "This Bitter Earth", and allows listeners to go on a journey with her and her sound. Her transitions are exquisite, and the choice of instruments were exceptional. Everything about "This Bitter Earth" tied in beautifully, and Aruba Red's artistry was showcased in the best way possible.
Be sure to listen to "This Bitter Earth" here, and check below for our interview with Aruba Red!
Hello Aruba Red! We're beyond happy to be featuring you and your latest release "This Bitter Earth" on BuzzMusic! What was it like coming back after your hiatus?
Hey Buzz Music, thanks so much. Coming back after my hiatus felt like coming home. I was kind of forced to stop making music for a long time. All my work was taken off iTunes and streaming platforms and I was in the shadows for a long time living a lie. It wasn’t right to have my creativity stifled in that way. I think when it’s part of who you are, you can’t hide from it, you will always feel like something is missing if you’re not making art. When I put out my last EP ‘Holy Waters’, it felt so good to be making music again and to be able to share it with people. The support was so healing. That project was literally therapy for me.
"This Bitter Earth" is surging with articulate emotions. What kind of feelings did you want listeners to be washed over with when listening to the song?
The song is a cover of Dinah Washington’s 1960s original, I only heard it for the first time last year and it had a big impact on me. I was really taken over by the somber feeling of the song, the sadness really resonated with me for many reasons, partly what had been going on for me personally but also what’s going on collectively around the world. I’m a big believer that once you record a song and set it free, it will take on its own life and have its own journey. For me the song represents letting go of a lot of negative energy that I had carried for far too long. I’ve had feedback from people relating the song to the current situation in Kashmir, to the fight against the surge of the far right, to the helplessness people are feeling in regards to what’s happening to our planet. I would love for listeners to be able to completely immerse themselves in the emotions of the song, eyes closed, headphones on, ideally to be left with a sense of hope and not being alone.
How would you say your music now compares to the music you curated when you first started out in the music industry?
Transformation and growth is at the heart of everything I do, I’m on my own journey of healing. I think when I first started out, some of my music was more overtly political whereas now I’m more on an autobiographical vibe. I just continue to be a vessel for whatever comes through me at the time.
What predominant message was integrated within "This Bitter Earth"?
A message of hope, light coming from darkness, connection after loneliness. An opportunity to celebrate and pay homage to this beautiful song written by Clyde Otis in the 1969s, using beautifully soulful, sensitive and meditative instrumentation provided by the immensely talented Renell Shaw on bass and Nathan Lee on flute.
What would you say inspires you and your music?
I am inspired by the themes of healing and transformation. I create music for adult children of addicts and alcoholics, for parents trying to heal themselves so their children can be free, for recovering codependents, for empaths, for activists, for survivors of narcissistic abuse... I want this music to act as a campfire for anyone who needs to feel its warmth.
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