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Alejandro Aranda (Scarypoolparty) is a self-taught guitar & piano player, developing his unforgettably distinct style over the past few years. As he expanded his guitar skills, Aranda taught himself music production and began exploring his vocal talents. His influences & eclectic musical palette includes everything from Frank Zappa to The Deftones and Nick Cave to classical masters such as Chopin.
By the time he was 22, Aranda had begun busking all around LA County and playing backyard parties where the name Scarypoolparty emerged. After auditioning for American Idol, his video of ‘Out Loud’ became a viral sensation growing to over 15 million views. He continued to showcase original material, amassing a passionate fanbase that now includes over 700k Instagram followers.
On his debut album Exit Form, Scarypoolparty shares the contrast between beauty and brutality while effortlessly moving across genres. The music takes the listener on a sonic journey from the opening epic “Black Cross” to the soaring acoustic guitar mastery showcased on the closing “Out Loud”.
Written and produced mainly by Alejandro Aranda (Scarypoolparty) & TJ Routon (Sawyr), Exit Form illuminates his undeniable originality on songs like “Millennial Love”—a relatable song that delves deep into the psyche of the dominance of social media and smartphones in our society. Another highlight is “Tonight” written and produced by Aranda & George Lewis Jr (Twin Shadow), a ballad that begins in hushed piano tones before shifting into much darker textures with elegant vocal work. That high-impact contrast also infuses “Cholo Love,” a pop track that merges Sawyr’s warped beats with Scarypoolparty’s sweeping piano work and soulful vocals.
Scarypoolparty has performed on the main stages at Lollapalooza (marking his first-ever band show), Austin City Limits, and Life Is Beautiful Festival to rave reviews from music critics far and wide including the Chicago Tribune, Ones To Watch, and Grammy.com.
No matter the genre he is drawing from, much of Scarypoolparty’s material comes to life in complete isolation, a deliberate retreat from the noise of everyday life. “I feel most inspired when I’m alone, away from my phone and from everything,” says Aranda.
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