Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (born June 24, 1978), better known by his stage name Ariel Pink, is a Los Angeles based recording artist and multi instrumentalist. He is known for his musical eclecticism, knowledge of pop history, and his widely influential yet subversive approach to songwriting and independent culture. He is one of indie music's most polarizing figures.
Ariel Pink was born on June 24, 1978, the son of Mario Z. Rosenberg and Linda Rosenberg-Kennett. His father, a gastroenterologist, is a native of Mexico City and his family is Jewish.
Rosenberg was raised in the Beverlywood 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."
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. He started writing songs at "around age 10" 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.
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. 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. 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.
In the summer of 2003, Pink passed on a CD-R on to Baltimore, Maryland based band Animal Collective 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.
In 2006, Pink's collaboration with Holy Shit front-man Matt Fishbeck led to the release of Stranded at Two Harbors.
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.
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'. Consistent touring with a fixed band lineup led to a much more accessible and musically tighter show for concert goers.
In November 2009, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti was signed to 4AD records. He released a new mp3 single "Round and Round" in March 2010, marking a studio quality departure from his former lo-fi recordings. 4AD released it as a