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PJ Aviles recently released his self-produced project titled “Tides EP” which includes
his single “Paper Plane”. Self taught in production and guitar, Aviles has been stirring up his
local music scene and by January of 2016, he began producing and recording his own music at
Red Rock studio in Miami. He has been doing shows all around Florida doing both acoustic and
band sets. He has released numerous EPs on both Soundcloud and BandCamp and his EP
“Tides” is streaming on Spotify and iTunes.
In this alternative soft rock track, PJ brings in his listeners on this heart melting track,“Paper Plane”. In this track PJ shows off his poetic and guitar skills. PJ not only uses his guitar but brings in other instruments such as the violin and upright bass. “Paper Plane”, was heavily inspired by Young The Giant. His music is thematic with subject matters that range from jealousy, unrequited love, and getting out of your comfort zone. His EP also gives the listener a perspective into a songwriter’s life while providing a visual representation of a an ever changing relationship like Tides, hence the title of the EP.
Check out our exclusive interview with PJ Aviles below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hi I’m PJ. I’ve been a music kid my entire life, starting off as a saxophone player throughout grade school. I basically learned everything I know in my bedroom. At 13 I got really into songwriting, at 15 I started taking the guitar seriously, and in an effort to blend those two, I inevitably got into producing my songs at home. I’ve been doing that ever since.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
They’re just my initials haha. There wasn’t really any crazy meaning behind it other than me liking a short/concise name. Also my name is extremely hispanic and I won’t be making salsa music any time soon. I decided to keep the last name because my dad and his side of the family are all really incredible musicians, so I felt like it pays tribute to their “legacy” if you will.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes! Writing is my favorite part of this entire music thing. Watching a song start from a bare idea and blossom into something bigger than what I initially set out for it to be is one of the best feelings in the world. I just try to be as transparent and honest as I can with my writing. It’s usually the things that frustrate me and the things that I don’t understand that tend to draw the most out of me, and I find that by writing about it, I get a better understanding of it. If that makes sense...
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Well “Paper Plane” is trying to capture the feeling of not being able to get through to someone, inside a 3 minute song. I think it’s the most direct I’ve ever been with my lyrics. I love songs that have messages that cocoon themselves inside metaphors and cool analogies, but this was a song that just slipped out and went straight to the point. It’s the fastest I’ve ever written a song, from writing to its release. I wrote it on a Friday night and it was out 7 days later. The craziest part about that song is seeing people reach out and applying it to their own life. Everyone’s got their own “paper plane” of sorts.
What’s next for you?
I’ve written dozens of songs and ideas since 2018 began. I will start laying down the groundwork for next project next month (October). I’m going to take a break from anything that isn’t music for the next few months. It’s the first time in my life I’ll be going all in. Some ideas have me jittery all day and they need to be respected and recorded haha. I hope to have some new music out early 2019, maybe even in December of this year. Maybe a Christmas album??? Who knows.
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