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Ariel Pink
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Ariel Pink in Stockholm, Sweden
Background information
Birth name Ariel Marcus Rosenberg
Born (1978-06-24) June 24, 1978 (age 36)
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Psychedelic pop, lo-fi, dream pop, noise pop, avant-garde, indie rock, experimental
Occupation(s) Musician, 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[1]
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Members Ariel Pink
Tim Koh
Kenny Gilmore
Joe Kennedy
Past members Jimi Hey
Cole M.G.N.
Aaron Sperske
John Maus

Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (born June 24, 1978), better known by his stage name Ariel Pink, is an American singer-songwriter and musician.


Ariel Pink was raised in the Beverlywood[2] area of Los Angeles, attending Beverly Hills High School and later the California Institute of the Arts.[3] In high school, Pink was a fan of such gothic rock acts as Christian Death, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy, and The Cure[4] (whom he cites as his favorite band[5]). He started writing songs "around age 10"[2] and has recorded over 500 songs on hundreds of cassette tapes[6] since 1996.

Pink produces and plays almost all of his own music, and is noted for creating drum sounds using primarily his mouth,[7] and sometimes his armpits.[8] His home recording technique gives his music a very lo-fi sound. Pink's influences range from Michael Jackson to R. Stevie Moore—whom Pink calls a friend, mentor, and "father of home recording".[9][10]

Pink married Alisa Daniels in July 2002; they divorced in 2005.[citation needed] He lived with Geneva Jacuzzi for seven years until early 2011.[11]


From 2000–2002, Pink collaborated with fellow Los Angeles recording artist coL, which resulted in each being featured on one another's albums. A side project by the two, was released by JesusWarhol Records in 2011; called Atheif.[12] In the summer of 2003, Pink passed a CD-R on to Baltimore, Maryland based band Animal Collective[5][13] after being introduced by mutual friend and occasional collaborator Jimi Hey (All Night Radio, Indian Jewelry, Beachwood Sparks, The Rapture)[8] at one of their shows. Unbeknownst to Pink, Animal Collective had recently started their own record label, Paw Tracks. Animal Collective member Josh Dibb remembers:

Several weeks later they contacted him to sign him on Paw Tracks.[8] Pink became the first musician on the label aside from the members of Animal Collective.[14] The next year, the label reissued The Doldrums, an album which had been originally recorded in 1999. Since then, Paw Tracks (now co-owned by Carpark Records) has released two other reissues of Pink's previous recordings, Worn Copy and House Arrest.

Pink has gradually caught the attention of media sources around the United States as well as internationally.[3][15] As most of his albums are self-made, many of them have never been heard by fans. Almost all of Pink's albums which have been commercially released come from his recently released "Haunted Graffiti" series[16] and are thus the best known.

Pink's solo tours have generally been met with much negativity, primarily because his music was never intended to be performed live for commercial audiences.[16] As he explained to LA Weekly:[17]

Ariel Pink crowd surfing in Stockholm, Sweden.

After initially playing shows with pre-recorded music, Pink later employed the efforts of Gary War, Dana Young, Robert Robinson Sore Eros), Tim Koh (White Magic), and John Maus while touring. In 2006, Pink formed a new band with keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/backing vocalist Stephen Papke (Simmons SDSV, SDS7, SDS8, SDS9 electronic drums), bassist Nicolas Amato, guitarist Nate Walton, and guitarist Vudi (American Music Club, Swans). On occasion, keyboardists Julia Holter, keyboardist Geneva Jacuzzi, and saxophonist Richard Sax Ross joined the band live. In 2007, the band toured with Gang Gang Dance and Jimi Hey returned as guitarist to replace Nate Walton, who left the group to become a fine art photographer. In 2008, Pink formed a new band with keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Kenny Gilmore, drummer/vocalist/guitarist Jimi Hey, and guitarist Cole M.G.N. (Ethnik Klensr, The Samps, Nite Jewel), who became known as Haunted Graffiti.[18] Drummer Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks, Lilys) replaced Jimi Hey, and guitarist Joseph Kennedy has replaced Greif-Neill. Consistent touring with a fixed band lineup has led to a much more accessible and musically tighter show for concert goers.

In 2006, Pink's collaboration with Holy Shit front-man Matt Fishbeck led to the release of Stranded at Two Harbors.[19]

In July 2008, Haunted Graffiti toured with Chairlift. In March 2009, Haunted Graffiti toured the US with Cryptacize[20] and in April 2009 with Vivian Girls; the tour culminated in a performance at Coachella.

In November 2009, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti was signed to 4AD records.[21] He released a new mp3 single "Round and Round" in March 2010, marking a studio quality departure from his former lo-fi recordings.[22] 4AD released it as a 7" single, backed with "Mistaken Wedding".[23] A new album, Before Today, followed on June 8, 2010.[24] 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".[25]

In December 2010, Pitchfork named "Round and Round" the number 1 song on their list of The Top 100 Tracks of 2010.[26] 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.[27]

On August 20, 2012, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti released a new album, Mature Themes, to critical acclaim.[28]

He collaborated on bass for Cassie Ramone's debut album The Time Has Come (2014) for several tracks.[29]




  1. ^ "Vas Deferens Organization : Press Kit" (PDF). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Ariel Pink". Identity Theory. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Nero Magazine : Special Issue" (PDF). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "The Weirdo". LA Weekly. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "ANIMAL COLLECTIVE "Sung Tongs" Fat Cat ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI "Worn Copy" Paw Tracks". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c [3][dead link]
  9. ^ [4][dead link]
  10. ^ [5][dead link]
  11. ^ "Cover Story: Ariel Pink | Features". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  12. ^ "JesusWarhol EP". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Uncut Magazine - Ariel Pink". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ariel Pink". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  15. ^ [6][dead link]
  16. ^ a b "DISCORDER Ariel Pink February 2006". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "L. A. Weekly: Features: Class of '05: Lost And Found". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  18. ^ [7][dead link]
  19. ^ Scott Paddock (September 9, 2009). "Stranded at Two Harbors: Holy Shit: Music". Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  20. ^ [8][dead link]
  21. ^ "4AD signs Ariel Pink". Music Week. November 26, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  22. ^ "New Ariel Pink: "Round and Round" | News". Pitchfork. March 12, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  23. ^ [9][dead link]
  24. ^ [10][dead link]
  25. ^ "Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. June 7, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  26. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2010 | Features". Pitchfork. December 13, 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  27. ^ "ATP: All Tomorrow's Parties". Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Review – Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes". August 21, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Cassie Ramone – The Time Has Come 12" LP". Loglady Records. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 

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