Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

My real name is Daniella Watters. I was born in Canada. I grew up in a suburb near Toronto with a younger and older sister, my parents and my Yaiya (grandmother).

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

I’ve been in the music industry since I was a kid. I started singing at 7 years old, was in my first girl band at age 12, and began writing and touring when I was 15.

I took a break around University when I studied Psychology. It wasn’t until about 6 years ago that I knew I wanted to pursue music lifetime career.

I sing and write music for myself and other artists and play keyboard.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

My original music is Alternative Pop with a message. “Excuse Me” is an EDM collaboration with Hamster. The song is about a girl fighting against being labeled, controlled or mistreated.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

If I go into depth here it will be a novella! 😉 I’ve had many ups and downs in the music business. I first saw how ugly it can be when I was only 15 and concert promoters were offering me drugs and alcohol. I also felt that I was sexualized at such a young age and expected to be sexy on stage or on camera when I was just a young teenager. I took a break from music after touring with my first band but I couldn’t resist the magnetic force music has with me. I adore music, I love creating with other artists/producer and performing makes me feel the most alive I’ve ever been. Since I’ve  committed to music as a career I’ve had two production deals gone sour, lost a distribution deal with a major label and have been disappointed numerous times. However, music heals me and despite the ups and downs I am here to stay. I find being an independent artist to be liberating yet difficult and I look forward to what’s next on my journey.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

ARI is a solo project. I work with multiple producers on my music.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I’ve been in the industry since I was a kid. My immediate goal is for a successful release of “Pain Into Power” campaign for mental health awareness, which consists of my my second EP ‘Dis-Order’ and short film ‘Grace’.

My long term goal is to have a career of longevity in the music business, help inspire others turn their pain into power through art, to continue learning as much as possible, and to get the opportunity to collaborate and make magic with artists and producers that I admire.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Writing is a cathartic process for me. Pain and resilience are central themes in my music. I focus on topics that are raw, emotional and empowering.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

I wish I could tell you! I’m working on it myself 😉 Please let me know when you find out!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

You are not alone. I know what it’s like to push through difficult times. Music has been my anchor and I encourage you to find an outlet so you can channel any darkness inside into something  meaningful to you.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

If you’re 100% serious about your music career move to LA and get to grinding! Be yourself completely and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Be professional and treat people you work with with dignity and respect. Spread love and support other artists/friends you have – we all need support and love!

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

My first EP as ARI was released summer of 2016. My 2nd EP is coming out May, 2018. I just release the first single, “Cattle Call”, on Halloween.

I won the RDR Street Idol Award in 2012, Director Choice Award for a music video at The Rincon Film Festival and have won a few battle of the band  competitions in Toronto.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I write my lyrics from a personal place. I try to tell a story through the song and tend to focus on themes of  empowerment and pain. Singing comes from the heart and it’s how to explain how I do it. I like recording in a quiet studio without a lot of people there. I like things private and intimate so I can perform and connect with minimal distractions.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Grimes, Beck, St. Vincent, Sia, and Twenty One Pilots.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

I’ve collaborated with a long list of people – I’ll save you from all of the details and myself from scrolling through my phone calendar for an hour!

The most recent collaboration are with:

Hamster

Blair

Lily Lewis

Harley Bird

Paloma Rush

A.I. Jones

ANML

Eric Denny

Tal Vaisman

I’ve love to collaborate with so many big artists but these would be my top picks!!

Grimes

Twenty One Pilots

Thom Yorke

Little Dragon

St. Vincent

Sia

Phantogram

Eminem

Tove Lo

Robert Glasper

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

SoundCloud 

Youtube 

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/ artist/ari/42027941

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/ artist/4Y8jyRR20nipCnlWxstE23

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

I can’t pick! There are too many, but I am grateful for both the good and bad times.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Hmmm… I’d donate a bunch to charity or maybe use it to create my own charity, invest in mortgages as a private lender (to grow my money), go on a trip to the Galapagos with my man and save the rest of the money.


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