VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 16 - Scarypoolparty
September 4, 2020
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In 2019, the blazingly talented Alejandro Aranda (aka Scarypoolparty) made the finale of American Idol, and made history by performing more original songs than any previous contestant. It was an amazing achievement for a singer-songwriter-musician who was busking the streets of LA just a year before. Aranda followed it up with a daring debut album, Exit Form, which captured the many facets of his uncompromising muse. The same week he releases the fearlessly creative new EP Doom Hologram, Aranda explains to VERSED what it's like to go your own way after gaining so much public attention. PLUS: we check in with American Idol's music supervisor, and hear an excerpt from our recent ASCAP Experience session with hit songwriters Dan Wilson and Brandy Clark, doing a deep dive into the art of - what else - songwriting.
EP. 16 FEATURED INTERVIEW: SCARYPOOLPARTY
26-year-old Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty is a Latinx “musical savant” (Ones to Watch) whose underdog story seems almost too good to be true. In just one year, Aranda went from a humble dishwasher busking on the streets of LA to selling out two national headlining tours to making his national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He released his debut album Exit Form at the end of 2019, which has earned over 10 million streams and 100 million YouTube views. By “infusing classical music alongside heavy guitar riffs and melodic vocals, Scarypoolparty is in a lane adjacent to that of Muse, Deftones and Radiohead” (Hits). His prodigious talent has been praised by Billboard, American Songwriter, MTV, GRAMMY.com and Ones to Watch (to name a few), and set him as a regular on the festival circuit, performing at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Life is Beautiful and more.
Coming from the artist and record label side of the music industry, Robin first worked for country music legend Waylon Jennings in Nashville, eventually joining MTM Records as VP of Artist Development. After two years as an artist manager at Sound Management in Chicago, Robin relocated to Los Angeles and following a brief stint in music publishing, joined the Film & TV Licensing department at MCA/Universal Records. Three years later, PolyGram Records hired Robin to integrate the music licensing divisions for their group of labels and she ran the combined Film & TV Division until its sale to Universal. In 2000, Robin started SyncroniCity, initially representing labels and artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Kenny Loggins, Lang Lang, Bond, Hayley Westenra, Sissel, Tommy James, Donnie Osmond and Steven Bishop. SyncroniCity now focuses strictly on music supervision for music-intensive shows such as American Idol. Some of her other shows include Lip Synch Battle, Hollywood Game Night, NAACP Image Awards, The Singing Bee, Dance Your Ass Off, The Dance Scene, Nashville Star, Your Chance to Dance, American Inventor, Adventures of Power, Crashed, Miss USA and Miss Universe. Robin served on the board of the Guild of Music Supervisors for nine years, served as Vice President of the Guild for three years and is currently the Co-Executive Producer of the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.