Name: Arima Ederra (Soul Beautiful)
From: Born in Atlanta Ga, Raised in Las Vegas, N.V
Projects Released: Earth To Arima (Coming Soon)
Influences: My influences are based upon my everyday life honestly, from my experiences, to the type of music I’ve grown up listening to.
Jazz musicians play a big role in my influences as well, Stan Getz and Duke Ellington can make a bad day great! Oh and of course, 90′s R&B and hip hop. (Groove Theory, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Common, Black Star) just to name a few of my favorites. All of these artists put so much emotion into their art and it shows! Major, major influences in who I am and the type of sound I hope to project.
What prompted your start for your career path?
I have always enjoyed singing even throughout my childhood, but I never really thought pursuing music was attainable. As I got older I decided I was tired of living a cookie cutter lifestyle. I realized what it is that makes me happy and as simple as it sounds; I just wanted to be happy. Not for anyone else but myself, to LIVE for myself, and create the happiness I want in myself. Music is what makes me happy and so i decided to pursue it.
Who first recognized your talents and what it meant to you?
It had to have been my Kindergarten teacher! (Mrs. Kinnup) She chose me for a solo in our class play and I’ve never stopped singing since! I remember her telling my dad that I was going to make people really happy singing one day and as corny as it sounds it meant the world to a five year old.
First problem you have come across?
Around the time that I graduated high school was when I really wanted to go to California and pursue singing, but my parent’s both had ingrained in me that school was always the greatest priority, so I couldn’t just leave. In the end I decided to meet my parent’s wishes in between. I decided to stay in Las Vegas and go to college, but to pursue singing as a hobby and more for myself, however as months went by, I was getting more and more opportunities to sing in front of larger audiences. As more people started listening, it became apparent that people were really enjoying my music and it stopped being just a hobby.
As an up and coming artist what was it that you saw that you needed to improve on?
I feel that my music needs to improve overall and every day I’m learning to better myself and my sound. I’ve always tended to let negative feedback get the better of me, but I am learning to look at it in a more optimistic way. I feel that I need to work on my confidence, and over time it will only get better.
How will you make an impact given a chance?
I feel that the music of today has really gotten desensitized to a point where there is no substance. There isn’t any emotion being put into it and that the upcoming generation is putting a lot less emphasis on knowledge than they really should be. I try to put more of myself into my music than I usually see at the least, and definitely as much as some of my favorite artists. I think that what separates good music from great music is emotion and I’m definitely sharing my “Arima” (soul) with the world.
Why should people take notice in your work?
It’s not as much about why people SHOULD take notice in my work, it’s more about connecting to the people that do. Listening to “In a Sentimental Mood” makes me feel I’m a part of the music. Although I’ll never get the chance to meet Duke Ellington or John Coltrane, the connection I have with that song is amazing and infinite. I only wish to make the same connections to any of my listeners and hope that that’s what my music is noticed for.