Written by: Amanda Policastro
Aaron Mazarati has released his brand new album, “Black Tees x Blue Jeans.” The multi talented singer, songwriter and publishing owner is embarking on a west coast tour in 2017. Get to know Aaron’s wide range of musical influences and inspirations.
upfrontNY: What can you tell us about your new album, “Black Tees x Blue Jeans”?
Aaron Mazarati: This album is sum up of me and a glimpse of everything I’m all about. Plus, I’m a huge of Showtime’s show “Californication”. In it, the main character, Hank Moody, is an esteemed but erratic writer who frequently becomes embroiled in bizarre, borderline scandalous encouragements in Los Angeles and in so many ways I am this. Also, Hank pretty much only wears black tee shirts and blue jeans throughout the 7 season series and that’s about the only thing I drape myself in.
upfrontNY: Is there any song in particular that was your favorite to write and record?
Aaron Mazarati: When it comes to my favorite song to write and record on the album, some might think that it’d be “Black Tees x Blue Jeans” since that is the title of the Album, but my favorite track by far is “Just Did It” and it holds true amongst my fans in the numbers. It’s just a matter of time before my people at Nike get it on an incredible campaign for the entire world to get exposed to it. A lot of times I’ve heard that when making a song, artists have no idea of how well the song will resonate to fans and public in general but this was one of those that clicked so well in the process and the entire studio knew was going to be one of those bigger than life tracks and it’s definitely on its way to being just that.
upfrontNY: You’re going on tour in 2017, what can you tell us about it?
Aaron Mazarati: So we just linked up with Premier Booking Agency based here in Los Angeles, who has a ton of notable artists such as Dru Hill and plenty more on their roster. They are assisting my company, Mazarati Music Group in completing a national University tour right now for Spring of 2017. This tour is going to but crazy. For those that haven’t seen an Aaron Mazarati show, it consists my live percussionist and DJ Hymn of Premier Booking. Collectively we put on a truly electric performance with tons of surprises.
upfrontNY: You’ve been doing a lot of booking and the business side of your upcoming tour, is it something you enjoy or just rather have it in your control?
Aaron Mazarati: You know I thought that being in control of the booking of the shows is something I could tackle the best, but the truth turns out to be that it’s a hard role to take on in the music industry. With everything that is going on now in my career, it simply is too hard of a task to incorporate while still completing the next album, which is expected to be released in February of 2017. So we decided as a team to take on Premier Booking Agency to assist us in the process, which allows for me to focus on what is most important to me- the music and creating tons more of it.
upfrontNY: If you could cover one song in concert what would it be?
Aaron Mazarati: Oooh that’s a great question and no has ever asked me cuz I usually leave that up to my DJ but I do have couple answers to that:
M.O.P. – “Ante Up”
The Game – “El Chapo”
2Pac – “California Love”
Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”These songs grab people by the juevos and definitely get the party poppin’.
upfrontNY: You’ve had two songs featured in Universal Studios films, which is awesome! What was that experience like?
Aaron Mazarati: You know those placement opportunities came organically from me just being me. At the time, I just moved to LA and was working at this bar in Santa Monica, just shooting the sh*t with this extremely nice guy. Sometime within our conversation I slipped him my first EP, Popped Clutch. He said he’d definitely check it out. Didn’t think much of the exchange because I’ve always been that type to not hesitate to promote myself, no matter the circumstance. Ended up getting a phone call 2 months later from said “extremely nice guy” saying so he’s actually the executive producer of a few projects with Universal and that he would love if I could come down to the Universal studio lot and help them score my song to one of the films. Sent for me, and then here I am scoring a film at Universal. It was nuts. I guess to sum the whole thing up, the lesson I learned was just be good to everyone because you never know who you’re talking to and the support system that can be developed from that.
upfrontNY: When you aren’t writing, performing or recording what do you love to do?
Aaron Mazarati: I always find this question so hard to answer because one of my personal rules is: “Everything you do, Do in the light of your music”. With that being said I do really enjoy taking my little Jack Russell Terrier down to Santa Monica Beach every now and again but of course I get some writing done at the shoreline. I’ve always been one to skate as well, so I like breaking out the old board and cruising the streets Venice, CA. Listening to music with my medical flowers is also one my vices to keeping my sanity in this never-ending grind I love so much.
upfrontNY: Your grandmother has inspired you musically, have you written a specific song for her?
Aaron Mazarati: I’ve written many songs indirectly about her but the public will see the first completely dedicated to her track on the upcoming album in February 2017. Its one of those 2Pac – “Dear Mama” and Kanye West – “Hey Mama” tracks that is about nothing but her. Watch ya’ll tear ducts because one can put them to use real quick.
upfrontNY: What artists are you eager to work with?
Aaron Mazarati: Right now I really want to link up with RCA’s Sammy Adams. I think that the way music is positioned with Hip Hop and Popular music right now, they are opening up a hole that will need voiding soon and I believe the two of us can change the game with both creative minds meshed together and I we can take that content on an International tour for endless success. Real talk. Then there’s my long time legendary idols, Juelz Santana, Cam’rom, Jay-Z, and The Game, which I would give up a limb to work with.
upfrontNY: You have many different musical influences in your own songs, is there one type of genre that appeals to you more?
Aaron Mazarati: Of course I love Hip Hop and always have but rock music allows a different expression of emotion through so many different variables in the structure, instrumentation, and melody that is expected in the genre. Mainstream Hip Hop tends to steer away from these in-touch-with-your-emotion type approaches and that’s something I am most definitely tapping in to on upcoming album.
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