Aruna is the leading lady of the trance music scene. Early in her career she teamed up with Thrillseekers for the track â€œWaiting Here for Youâ€ and since then she has been in high demand. With her vocal stylingâ€™s Aruna captivates electronic dance music fans with her outstanding vocal abilities and fixating melodic vibes. This can be seen in her collaborations with artists such as Filo & Peri in the song â€œAshleyâ€, Cosmic Gate’s â€œUnder Your Spellâ€, Myon & Shane â€œHelplessâ€ and her songs â€œMy Saving Graceâ€ & â€œLet Goâ€. With every new track Aruna sets the standard high in the trance music scene and given her unstoppable driving force, and Arunaâ€™s continual musical success, she has become someone to definitely keep your eyes on.
Dayanna Guerrero: Weâ€™re here with Aruna, the woman who fuses her vocal abilities with euphoric vibes that have resonated with EDM fans worldwide.
So Aruna, your electronic dance music career was said to have begun with your collaboration with Thrillseekers in the track â€œWaiting Here for Youâ€. You started pretty strong with this track, how did you manage to keep raising the bar with every new song you released?
Aruna: Well working with Steve was awesome and heâ€™s such an exacting producer. He knows what he wants and heâ€™s very quality oriented. I mean Iâ€™ve always been kind of excellence oriented myself and so working with him it felt like a really good fit but in terms of how to exactly go about doing this whole process, because it was my first collaboration, he sort of set it up for me, and so once you realize something works itâ€™s like â€œWhy change it?â€. After that, I sort of just took the process that I used with him and applied that to every other collaboration I did after that.
Dayanna Guerrero: Youâ€™ve stated before that trance music can very limiting by its structure, and also the imagery that it imposes from a lyrical perspective. More recently, your song with Mark Eteson â€œLet Goâ€ had a more pop element to it and gave you the lyrical freedom you were seeking. Do you see yourself making more songs that are similar to this, or even going as far as branching out to other genres in search of this freedom?
Aruna: I definitely can see myself doing more tracks in the â€œLet Goâ€ kind of vibe. I really loved the intimacy of a track like that. It wasn’t so huge that the vocals were getting completely drowned out or stepped over, that they were kind of more highlighted in a sonic environment that small, if you will. I finished one recently, it sort of picks up where â€œLet Goâ€ left off lyrically, and musically it has a kind of similar proggy vibe as â€œLet Goâ€. I think at a certain point I might want to get a little more back towards clubbier stuff, because that is essentially what launched me and kind of how everybody knows me. I donâ€™t want to step too much toward the pop because itâ€™s a different market if you do that. So, itâ€™s going to be a process of me of me finding and dialing in exactly where I want to go, where its clubby enough that it will work in clubs and still speaks to my original fans, but its pop enough that it lets me explore that side of my writing and get into a more intimate and personal style of lyric writing.
Dayanna Guerrero: Thatâ€™s a hard balance to achieve isnâ€™t it?
Aruna: It is. It takes working with the right producer helps too. At this point I wonâ€™t say exclusively, but almost exclusively working with Myon from Myon & Shane. He and I just connect on such a deep level and musically we fit so well together because we both come from a pop background. Obviously heâ€™s a brilliant dance producer, but he understands the pop sensibility and of course I do too as a pop writer as I originally was. I really like kind of bringing that pop structure and song writing to dance music because itâ€™s what makes it so memorable and catchy to the listeners.
Dayanna Guerrero: Songs are often written based on personal experience. â€œLet Goâ€ joins the list of successful songs derived from broken relationships. Where do you think the music industry would be without asshole boyfriends?
Aruna & Dayanna Guerrero: (Laughs)
Aruna: Thatâ€™s a great question. Maybe in a happier place? But maybe in a less authentic, real kind of gritty place. Itâ€™s just part of life, and to be fair men arenâ€™t the only bad ones. Iâ€™ve heard some girls doing some very naughty stuff too. So they certainly donâ€™t have a monopoly on breaking hearts, I know we can too but you know being that I date men, thatâ€™s my approach and angle and experience. Up until him I was lucky with boyfriends; I had some really great ones and had enough great ones to know that men can be really, really, sweet when they allow themselves to be.
Dayanna Guererro: Throughout your life you have always been able to turn the bad into the good. From the time you were a pianist whose career came to a halt after being diagnosed with tendinitis you followed your passion into writing & singing songs, to the time when your relationship of two years ended badly and you created your smash hit â€œLet Goâ€ from it. What is it that fuels your unstoppable drive of letting nothing get in your way?
Aruna: Thatâ€™s a really interesting question too. I think itâ€™s a combination of things, but I guess the aspect that has the biggest impact is the fact that I feel like I was born to do this and from the time I was nine I was already writing songs. I just feel like itâ€™s something that I canâ€™t stop even if I wanted to. I want to take it as far as I can take it so I want to die having made as big of an impact and having left as big as a legacy as I can in my own way. You know Iâ€™m not a politician, Iâ€™m not somebody who owns an organization that makes clean water for African children or anything like that, but I do what I can do which is music and I want to do it as good as I possibly can and touch as many people as I possibly can with it.
Dayanna Guerrero: Now with your song â€œLet Goâ€, you have become the first female solo vocalist to be signed to the legendary Anjunabeats label. How does it feel to have this honor?
Aruna: It feels great. Anujnabeats is one of the first labels that I really started listening to as a brand and believing in as a brand and in fact they, as far as trance labels go, have done the best job of branding themselves, centered around quality. All of their releases are quality, all of their acts are quality, and theyâ€™re very specialized in terms of what they do and the sound that they have- you can sort of listen to a track and almost immediately know that itâ€™s an Anjuna release because it has this very uplifting and musical quality about it that a lot of other releases donâ€™t have. Theyâ€™re quality threshold is very high and so thatâ€™s probably the biggest thing that makes me feel so proud to be there. My manager put it best, he called Armada like a big University and Anjuna is like a little boutique college where its smaller student body, but itâ€™s harder to get in.
Aruna: That was actually inspired by my boyfriend before the last one and that kind of goes back to the question you asked me about men being assholes and everything. That song as opposed to â€œLet Goâ€, was born completely of the opposite emotion, which was just love and happiness and wanting to just free myself to open up to this man and ask him to open up to me and sort of enjoy that childlike state of euphoria around each other.
Dayanna Guerrero: Now I heard that youâ€™re starting a new House project called Starfarmers with none other than Myon & Shane 54. Could you tell us more about this project?
Aruna: This project is just with Myon, itâ€™s me and him. Itâ€™s actually a production project, what that means is that I might be singing here and there, but probably given the genre most of the tracks are going to feature other singers instead of myself. Obviously, heâ€™s going to be doing the bulk of this project, my contribution to this project is going to be is writing the toplines, the melodies, the lyrics, and finding the singers and producing and editing their lyrics.
Dayanna Guerrero: Now you just recently came back from your trip with him to Hungary, how was it and what was your favorite part of it?
Aruna: It was amazing! I was there with him for a month which is the longest time Iâ€™ve been away from L.A. with him. In a month you really get to know somebody, and itâ€™s not really news at this point but, he and I are in a romantic relationship and itâ€™s been about nine months. You know every relationship starts out in that honey moon stage, everythingâ€™s new and amazing and you have butterflies all the time. I definitely feel like he and I still have a lot of that feeling, but we definitely stepped to the next level right before this trip, but especially during this trip. That sort of phase II where you still have a lot of the really powerful and happy emotions from the honey moon phase but it starts to mature, to deepen, and to grow roots. You really start feeling like the two of you, I donâ€™t want to say youâ€™re fusing into one because obviously we still have our own lives, but you start to feel like the two of you are together creating some kind of entity. It just starts to feel very solid, like its taking on its own life.
As for my favorite part, thatâ€™s kind of hard. We had a gig together that was fun, it was in Budapest, and we have another one in May. I just did one song and then when I go back in May itâ€™s actually going to be a full set. So that was a good time, there was also one day that I spent with his mother, sheâ€™s like the most amazing cook, so anytime we go to her house and eat her food Iâ€™m happy. Sheâ€™s just such a sweet and enlightened lady, I love being around her. You know there were just some days that we were working that were fun, there was some days that we were just doing nothing, just watching TV and enjoying each others company. Iâ€™m very happy to have spent that time with him.
Dayanna Guerrero: Aww! Iâ€™m really happy for you.
Dayanna Guerrero: Youâ€™re also in the midst of finishing up some new Aruna singles, could you tell us how far along you are and maybe give us a little preview of what fans can expect to hear?
Aruna: Sure! The one that Iâ€™m working on, the writing is done but I havenâ€™t recorded the vocals yet. Basically that one sort of picks up where â€œLet Goâ€ left off. It has a similar proggy vibe to it that â€œLet Goâ€ had but the lyrics are a little more optimistic, not quite as depressing, itâ€™s a really euphoric track in the Kaskade-ish kind of vibe, at least the original mix. Weâ€™re not even close to talking about whose going to be remix it yet but Iâ€™m really proud of this one actually because it speaks to the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one in a very optimistic way. Itâ€™s a very inspiring lyrical message.
Dayanna Guerrero: We look forward to hearing it! So Aruna, is there anything else that fans can expect from you in the near future?
Aruna: There is but I donâ€™t want to say what yet because itâ€™s not quite in that stage yet but it will be soon. Itâ€™s going to be some interesting changes, I wonâ€™t say changes, Iâ€™d say additions to my repertoire.
Aruna & Dayanna Guerrero: (Laughs)
Aruna: That people typically know me as. Itâ€™s something that started during this visit with Mario and Iâ€™m really, really excited about it and itâ€™s something that I really enjoy doing a lot and itâ€™s something that with any luck, Iâ€™m going to be doing a lot of. There also will be a new Velvetine release at some point, not quite sure when.
Also, Iâ€™ve been doing some writing with other singers and working with them, friends of mine even, kind of pop girls and guys that Iâ€™ve known around L.A. and Iâ€™m sort of drafting them into this whole scene and working with them on the vocals, writing the top lines and stuff but having them sing and recording their vocals. That way I can keep my feet in the world with working with other producers without having to kind of spread my name out too thin.
At this point I really want to focus on doing Aruna tracks and featurings have been great, and they got me to where I am and Iâ€™m grateful for every single one I did, but I feel that for the most part I want to move away from that and I can still do that my using other singers. Itâ€™s good for them, itâ€™s good for the producers, and itâ€™s good for me because I get to write, so itâ€™s a win for everybody.
Dayanna Guerrero: Well Aruna, thank you very much and we wish you lots of success in the future!
Aruna: Thank you for having me, I appreciate it.