Five Questions With Aridonis

Vancouver, BC-based alt-pop artist, Aridonis has unveiled his latest single, “Hard Mode”, along with a video to accompany the release.

Following on from a slew of previous singles ‘Hard Mode’ looks to expand Aridonis’ unique sound further whilst bearing honest commentaries on his life.

‘Hard Mode’ is about the feeling of thinking you’re never good enough, Aridonis explains further,

“we’ve all suffered through that you’re never good enough, all the internalized capitalism, rampant consumerism, and every other gross “ism” we’ve become accustomed to, has left us feeling inadequate, incomplete, and burned out. So sometimes we need to just hold on for a second, and remember who we are.” 

Backed by electronic elements that ebb and flow throughout creating a soundscape that builds with anticipation as Aridonis vocals float seamlessly over the top until the track naturally reaches its crescendo, a loud chaotic wall of 16-bit sound and crunching guitar lines that mimic the tumultuous nature of life itself.

Watch the video for “Hard Mode” below, and find out more about Aridonis via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! My name is Aridonis, and I like to make stuff. Most of the time that stuff is music. Sometimes it’s videos and sometimes it’s furniture.

Usually, I write about my experiences with love, videogames, personal growth, or how insane the whole world tends to be. My latest song is kind of about all those things.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

Hard Mode is a track I started while on a 2-week lockdown when my partner had covid. It started as a song about playing old videogames when I was a kid, and ended as a sort of critique of how we all kind of feel like garbage working and living under capitalism, and how we need to just kind of accept who we are, so we can do whatever it is we want to do.

When it comes to the global pandemic, how are you keeping yourself out in the public eye while not being able to perform?

I, like a lot of others, started a TikTok account, started playing on livestreams, and collaborated with some friends when I could. Worked on a music gear YouTube channel for a minute, I’ve never found myself able to do one thing for too long, haha.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so if you were able to work with ONE fellow Canadian artist, alive or dead, who would you choose?

Bahamas, 100% ridiculously good music and songwriting across the board. Saw him with his band in Vancouver a few months back, and my love for live music woke up like sleeping dragon. Plus he just seems like a rad dude with some great stories.

What’s your goal for 2022?

On the advice of a good friend of mine, I want to stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, and just enjoy the tunnel.

I’ve learned it’s kind of silly to say things like “I want a BILLION streams!” Or “I wanna play Coachella!” Because that’s an easy way to get your feelings hurt if you don’t have any massively viral videos or rich well connected family members. So I’m gonna just love where I’m at. I wanna put out music, and play shows until enough people show up that I can make some more music and play some more shows. No rise and grind for me, thanks.

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