Ariel Pink

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Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink circa 2010.jpg
Ariel Pink
Background information
Birth name Ariel Marcus Rosenberg
Born (1978-06-24) June 24, 1978 (age 36)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Psychedelic pop, indie rock,[1] lo-fi,[2] chillwave[3]
Occupation(s) Artist, musician, producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion
Years active 1996–present
Labels Paw Tracks, Human Ear Music, UUAR, Manimal Vinyl, 4AD, Ballbearings Piñatas, JesusWarhol, Tiny Creatures
Associated acts John Maus, R. Stevie Moore, coL, Lilys, Holy Shit, Girls, Puro Instinct, Atheif, Vas Deferens Organization[4]

Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (born June 24, 1978), better known by his stage name Ariel Pink, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is known for his musical eclecticism, influenced by 1980s cassette culture.[5]


Ariel Pink was born on June 24, 1978,[6] the son of Mario Z. Rosenberg and Linda Rosenberg-Kennett.[7] His father, a gastroenterologist, is a native of Mexico City and his family is Jewish.[7][8][9][10]

Rosenberg was raised in the Beverlywood[11] area of Los Angeles, in his youth, he showed much skill as a visual artist attending Beverly Hills High School and later entering the California Institute of the Arts for his visual art. He later switched his efforts towards recorded music, rather than his visual work for, in his own words, "all the wrong reasons."[12]

Working at a record store, Rosenberg carried an immense knowledge of the pop canon, listening and absorbing everything from Michael Jackson and 80's radio pop to obscure experimental artists such as R. Stevie Moore, Throbbing Gristle, Can and death metal - all of which gets incorporates into his work. Though he has cited The Cure - particularly their early albums - as his favorite band of all time.[13] He started writing songs at "around age 10"[11] and has since recorded over 500 songs in various shapes and forms on hundreds of cassette tapes, the majority of which has never been released.[14]

Pink produces and plays almost all of his own music, and, in his early days, is noted for creating drum sounds and effects using his mouth, creating an unmistakably and highly original sound.[15][16] This recording technique gave his music a very lo-fi sound, which was heavily criticized upon initial release, yet has since gone on to inspire innumerable imitators and other artists, oddly making Rosenberg a pioneer of a large array of modern genres. He was one of the first artists to subvert the idea that songwriting is more important than production, being a pioneer of making the recording medium and sound texture a large part of the artwork itself.[17][18] Despite having an initially extremely slow rise since the mid-to-late nineties, Ariel Pink's music persona and approach to self-recorded music have been hugely influential on contemporary music culture as a whole.[19]


In the summer of 2003, Pink passed a CD-R on to Baltimore, Maryland based band Animal Collective[13][20] at a random gig after being introduced by a mutual friend at one of their shows. Unbeknownst to Pink, Animal Collective had recently started their own record label, Paw Tracks. Recalling the time, the band says the CD

Although the music was widely misunderstood at the time, over the years, Pink has gradually caught the attention of fans and media sources around the world, with many now deeming his earlier work as way ahead of its time.[12][22]

In 2006, Pink's collaboration with Holy Shit front-man Matt Fishbeck led to the release of Stranded at Two Harbors.[23]

Having been primarily a recording artist up until this point, Pink's early solo tours and performances were generally met with much negativity, because "it was music that was never intended to be performed live for commercial audiences." However, after initially spending years playing shows with pre-recorded music, karaoke style, Pink slowly attracted what would become his full-time band, composed of renowned musicians who have since helped bring his recordings to life.[24]

Ariel Pink crowd surfing in Stockholm, Sweden.

The band, known as Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, consisted of keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/vocalist/guitarist Jimi Hey, and guitarist Cole M.G.N. (Ethnik Klensr, The Samps, Nite Jewel), and bassist Tim Koh'.[25] Consistent touring with a fixed band lineup led to a much more accessible and musically tighter show for concert goers.[citation needed]

In November 2009, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti was signed to 4AD records.[26] He released a new mp3 single "Round and Round" in March 2010, marking a studio quality departure from his former lo-fi recordings.[27] 4AD released it as a 7" single, backed with "Mistaken Wedding".[28] A new album, Before Today, followed on June 8, 2010.[29] Before Today was recognized by Pitchfork in their "Best New Music" category. The album includes some new versions of songs released on previous records, notably "L'Estat (acc. to the widow's maid)", "Round and Round" (formerly titled "Frontman/Hold On (I'm Calling)") and "Beverly Kills".[30]

In December 2010, Pitchfork named "Round and Round" the number 1 song on their list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2010.[31] Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti were chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that they curated in May 2011.[32]

On August 20, 2012, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti released a new album, Mature Themes, to critical acclaim.[33]

On November 17, 2014, Ariel Pink released pom pom, which was his first studio release without his band moniker Haunted Graffiti. The album includes several songs written by Kim Fowley, who wrote them from his hospital bed for Ariel to perform.[34]

Since early 2014, the band has expanded to include Australian artist and musician Shags Chamberlain, as well as Don Bolles, the drummer from LA punk legends The Germs.[citation needed]


Studio albums


  1. ^ Vorel, Jim (September 8, 2014). "Ariel Pink announces new album, Pom Pom". Paste. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Worn Copy - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffit". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Before Today - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti". AllMusic]. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "vdo_presskit_en.pdf" (PFD). Dropbox. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti | Biography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Harkin, Michael (May 5, 2010). "LA Story: Ariel Pink and Warpaint Contemplate Fake Michael Jacksons, First Crushes, and 10 Days of Silence. | XLR8R". XLR8R. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Beta, Andy (September 13, 2012). "Cover Story: Ariel Pink | Features | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Heading – mario.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ Carew, Anthony. "Ariel Pink Interview – An Interview with Ariel Rosenberg of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (Part 2)". Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Turner, Gustavo (May 20, 2010). "Pitchfork Deliberately Quotes Ariel Pink Out of Context to Make Him Seem Anti-Semitic | West Coast Sound | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". LA Weekly. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Simonini, Ross (January 13, 2006). "Interview with Ariel Pink – Identity Theory". Identity Theory. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "NERO-PDF-SI.pdf" (PDF). Nero. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Griffey, Mark (March 14, 2005). "Junkmedia: Ariel Pink | An Interview with Ariel Pink". Junkmedia. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ Hoinski, Michael (April 14, 2005). "The Weirdo | Music | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". 
  15. ^ Jenkins, Mark (April 22, 2005). "Animal Collective "Sung Tongs" Fat Cat Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Worn Copy" Paw Tracks". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Tiny Mix Tapes News: Ariel Pink Tours With or Without Farty Armpit Sounds?". Tiny Mix Tapes. July 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 18, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ Secret, Ben (June 29, 2007). "Noise-Pop Recording Artist Ariel Pink | Dazed Digital Incoming from UK Magazine Dazed & Confused". Dazed Digital. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ Rebick, Stephanie (2011). "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti". Left Hip Magazine. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ Richardson, Mark (June 7, 2010). "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Uncut Magazine - Ariel Pink". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ariel Pink". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ Scott Paddock (September 9, 2009). "Stranded at Two Harbors: Holy Shit: Music". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  24. ^ "DISCORDER Ariel Pink February 2006". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ [2][dead link]
  26. ^ "4AD signs Ariel Pink". Music Week. November 26, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  27. ^ "New Ariel Pink: "Round and Round" | News". Pitchfork. March 12, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  28. ^ [3][dead link]
  29. ^ [4][dead link]
  30. ^ "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. June 7, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  31. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2010 | Features". Pitchfork. December 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  32. ^ "ATP: All Tomorrow's Parties". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Review – Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes". August 21, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  34. ^ "pom pom is Ariel Pink’s third studio album for 4AD, following his Haunted Graffiti releases Before Today (2010) and Mature Themes (2012)". 4AD. Retrieved 2014-12-13. 

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