Cuban by birth, Ariel Aparicio knows rock and roll. With a sound that has been compared to Bowie, The Stooges and The Strokes, he grabs a hold of this knowledge plus his own life experiences and hoists them unapologetically onto his recordings for all to hear.
Ariel's most recent release is a 4 track EP entitled, the bEdRoom tapeS. The EP contains the hit single "Lucille" which debuted at #5 on Logo’s Click List, charting for over 6 weeks and topped the chart at #1 in week 3. The video also remained in the top 30 most watched videos of MTVmusic.com for 3 days. the bEdRoom tapes features three other tracks, including Ariel's cover of the Jim Carroll Band classic, "People Who Died".
In 2009, Ariel released his version of the Psychedelic Furs ‘80s classic “Pretty in Pink". The master himself, Richard Butler (lead singer of The Furs) chimed in “I loved the version. Well done!” The video debuted on Logo’s NewNowNext Pop Lab and then went on to spend 18 weeks in the The Click List. Ariel later teamed up with the super remix team Pocketknife to create a colorful dance floor number. Lastly, the video rounded out 2009 taking the #3 spot on Logo's "Best of '09" Click List.
Ariel’s last full-length album, All These Brilliant Things, was released in the fall of 2008. The track, “Life and Times,” is a good summation of the album’s themes - love, loss, addiction, and new life (Ariel became a father for the 1st time during recording). The video for the single held the #1 position on Logo’s Click List for 5 weeks. “Life and Times” along with "Pretty in Pink" went on to receive 3 PILL Nominations (ADD-TV).
Recent notable live performances include appearances at the Brooklyn, Queens, Boston, Virginia, San Diego and Rhode Island Prides. Ariel was also a featured artist at OUTMusic’s Stonewall: the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Concert & Benefit at the Nokia Theater in Times Square. In celebration of National Coming Out Day in October 2009, Ariel was asked to perform exclusively for MTV Networks’ staff at their Out@MTVN event held at NYC club Therapy. Also of note, Ariel & The Hired Guns were asked to play at CBGB’s in NYC on the 2nd to last night before the legendary venue closed its doors.
Ariel lives in Brooklyn with his life partner and husband of 15 years and there 4 year old son.