Aruna Beth Abrams was born on January 16th 1975 and is an American singer DJ producer and Pianist, She has developed a unique style of music that has a certain cloudy melody of soft and trancey sounds that blend really well into her creativity. Aruna lives in Los Angeles California, Being a vocalist she has a great voice and it blends well into her music, she is also best known for her work and singing in dance and trance music which she has contributed too over the years.
Aruna Beth Abrams
Aruna lived in Flemington New Jersey as she was growing up and is the daughter of Beatrice and Larry S Abrams who is a clinical pharmeceutical researcher, She has an Indian godfather who suggested that she be called ARUNA which if translated into Hindi it actually means Sunrise, She has developed an excellent piano technique as she started studying piano and also Jazz improvision from early in her career, She eventually decided to leave her home town and move to Boston where she attended the Berklee college of Music, It was here that she studied film scoring and electronic music production, In 1996 she colaborated with the progressive metal banc Cynic and the project was labelled Portal, She provided vocals and keyboard support,
Inside Berklee college of Music located in Boston Massachusetts United States, Is also the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world, Established in 1945 their are at least 522 academic staff and 5272 students.
Cynic band members,
Cynic was founded in Miami Florida There music incorporates Progressive experimental Alternative and Metal elements, The band has openly Gay Members, two of the band called Paul Masvidal and Shaun Reinert who were the founding members of the band admit they are homosexual, Formed in 1987 the band has been going a long time, Their first album to be released was called Focus on September 14th 1993, This album is widely regarded as a landmark release of the progressive metal genre. Cynic disbanded in 1994, but reunited in 2006, and released their second album on November 17, 2008 entitled Traced in Air and in 2014 they released the album "Kindly bent to free us", This band has had a lot of members that have come and gone over the years.
This music was eventually released in 2012 and was called the portal tapes, Aruna was also taught music production audio editing and sounds design and she graduated in 1999, All of this hard work has paid off and she has developed an excellent sound stage and presence, While she was growing up her musical interests were mainly 70's and 80's pop but changed gradually as she became interested in the musical styles of thrash and death metal, She gained recognition and awareness by performing in local coffee houses in and around Boston, AT this time she recorded a three song demo called Broken Circles which was produced by Alain Mallet and mixed by Kevin Killen, And in 2000 she was chosen to perform the opening act for the Girls Room tour showcase in Boston, In 2004 Aruna relocated to Los Angeles where she recorded her first album and she self released it herself called Running Red Lights, Aruna put her energy and focus in becoming a pop singer and songwriter, Some early success followed when a small number oF her songs were played on MTV these shows were Laguna beach and The Hills, But she then had an excellent opportunity to co write a song for Miley Cyrus entitled I Got Nerve for the 2006 "1 Billboard album the Hannah Montana season one soundtrack,
Cynic / Humanoid / Paul Masvidal / guitar play-through
American-Lebanese photographer Rania Matar entered the sanctuaries of girls around the world to produce a series of photographs titled ‘A Girl And Her Room. Inspired by her own daughter who transitioned from a girl into a woman, Matar started to photograph girls in their rooms wanting to capture a private and even intimate moment.
The Cast of Laguna Beach attending their first VMAS. This image could portray the perfect fashion house for 2005.
Hannah Montana - I Got Nerve
In 2006 Aruna's musical abilities were discovered by someone called Stuart Squires who became her manager, He began to expand and help her to become more broad on the music scene, She managed to collaborate with the Thrillseekers as they wanted her to sing on one of the tracks they were developing,
The Laguna Beach Season | November 4th, 2016, The Real Orange County.
This collaboration and get together was her big break and introduction into the EDM World, She has worked with various other trance creators bands including Cosmic Gate, ATB, Ronski speed, and Roger Shah, She collaborated with Mark Eteson and together they recorded the single Let Go which was released on October 25th 2010 through the Anjunabeats label, In 2012 she appeared in her first music video called Live forever in which she teamed up with Ferry Corstein, And in 2013 she met and collaborated with Armin Van Buuren on the single Wont Let You Go, This track was included on Armin's album Intense, The success of this track gave it a number one status on Itunes in 20 countries the day it was released,
Cosmic Gate Members, Claus Terhoeven born 1972 and Stephan Bossems born in 1967. Cosmic Gate are are a German DJ duo and Trance music producers and formed in 1999.
Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt - Going Home (Club Mix) [Official Music Video]
Armin Van Buuren is a Dutch DJ record producer and and remixer from South Holland. Born on 26th December 1976, Armin Van Buuren is as famous as your going to get, His A state of trance music sets were started in March of 2001 and is close to 900 episodes, He has been ranked many times as the number one DJ by magazines and has the most entries on the Billboard Trance and Electronic albums currently at 21.
Aruna expressed her desire to write her own songs and she is keen not to be influenced by other factors which would have a immediate and long lasting effect on the sound, She admits that she can't market and sell her music if she has not written it herself her creative abilities shine through in her music.
She was contacted in 2009 by Myon (Mario Egeto) who is part of the DJ duo Myon and Shane 54 to work together on a track, Both parties were interested in creating a slightly different sound that did not fit into there own artist personas, This eventually led to the trio forming a new side project called Velvetine, The track "safe" was the very first track to be released by Velvetine in 2010, This track appeared on Anjunabeats Volume 7 and was appreciated by fans and Armin van buuren who created an intro mix and a mashup version with his track "Face To Face", There next single was called The Great Divide and was released in 2012, This track was also a success as it reached no 1 on the Beatport trance and dubstep charts and was first played by Armin on his mega marathon a state of trance show no 573.
Aruna also wanted to try her hand at Djing and has said Myon and Shane 54 were the main inspiration for her to do so, She started work on her own radio show called the hot list in September of 2011 on DI fm, She also became the first female solo artist to head a guest mix for Above and Beyond Trance around the world radio show, The hot list went to number 14 on the I tunes top 200 music podcasts chart, Tony McGuiness of Above and Beyond commented that he thought Aruna was one of the most talented singer and songwriters around at the moment, She has also done a guest mix for above and beyond in November of 2013, Being the second time she has met them she mixed her music for a podcast called Group Therapy,
Aruna Save The Day Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Remix
In 2012 Aruna performed on the A state of Pink stage at Armin Van Buurens a state of trance episode 550 which was held at a festival in Den Bosch Netherlands, And a year later she accompanied Armin and provided live vocals for his set at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, She has also performed at Nocturnal wonderland Avalon Hollywood alongside Ferry Corstein and also at Exchange LA with Myon and Shane 54, But she has performed live vocals and DJ sets from different locations around the globe, In 2013 Aruna moved to the UK based record label called Enhanced Recordings, She released her first track called "Reason to Believe" while with this new label and it reached no 3 on the Beatport trance chart in August of 2013, Remixes of the track peaked at no 7 and no 9 in the glitch hop and chill out charts, In 2014 she released Amsterdam Enhanced together with AWD, And in November of 2016 she released the single "Ready to Go" with Rameses B featuring vocalist Kingdoms on Monstercat Records,
DJ Shah feat. Aruna - Now or Never (Acoustic)
Aruna liked to listen to female artists while at college and artists such as Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan began to influence her musical creativity and writing, At this stage she began consciously honing her craft, She thought that she felt limited when writing trance music as the structure of the sound and its layout is limited and does not allow another freedom to create the music she really would of liked, Trance music can be considered a repetitive type of sound and it takes an ingenious creator to sit down and consider when to change the key the chorus and verses will all need to blend in perfectly. If a trance song has a particularly good melody this will sculpt and become the main key to the complete song, Changing this melody can be done but should not stray to far from its original settings. Trance music can provide an imagery that will work perfectly with the sound you have created, A trance video can be simple and in some cases a simple video will work best, If you complicate it it might work against the creator, since the tracks and the sounds in trance are so big and lush and epic, the lyrics kinda have to follow suit, so they end up being somewhat abstract'. In general, her method of working centres on the melody before the lyrics are written, In contrast she preferred 'the intimacy of pop lyric writing and arrangements, which allow the melody and the story of the song to be the main focus, not the kick drum and the lead lines.
Behind The Beat Interview | Aruna Gives Us A Reason To Believe
ARUNA Discovery List
2007: The Thrillseekers feat. Aruna – Waiting Here for You
2008: Double Agents feat. Aruna – Electrified
2008: George Acosta feat. Aruna - Fallin' Backwards
2008: Ronski Speed feat. Aruna - All the Way - Pure Devotion
2009: Cosmic Gate feat. Aruna - Under Your Spell - Sign of the Times
2009: Filo & Peri feat. Aruna - Ashley - Nightplay
2009: ATB feat. Aruna - My Saving Grace - Future Memories
2009: Myon & Shane 54 feat. Aruna - Helpless
2009: DJ Shah Feat. Aruna – Now or Never - Songbook
2010: Velvetine – Safe (Wherever You Are)
2010: Mike Shiver & Aruna - Everywhere You Are
2010: Aruna with Mark Eteson - Let Go
2011: Cosmic Gate & Myon & Shane 54 feat. Aruna - All Around You - Wake Your Mind
2011: Cosmic Gate feat. Aruna - Free Falling (Barra) - Wake Your Mind
2012: Ferry Corsten feat. Aruna - Live Forever - WKND
2012: Velvetine - The Great Divide
2012: Markus Schulz feat. Aruna - Sing Me Back to Life - Scream
2012: Aruna - Save the Day
2013: Myon & Shane 54 with Aruna - Lights
2013: Armin van Buuren feat. Aruna - Won't Let You Go - Intense
2013: Aruna - Reason to Believe
2013: Conjure One feat. Aruna - Still Holding On
2014: Aruna - Start a Fire (Johan Malmgren Original Mix)
2014: Aly & Fila feat. Aruna - The Other Shore
2015: Aruna - The End (Husman Vs. Aruna Club Mix)
2016: Mr FijiWiji, Direct & Aruna - Time to Say Goodbye
2016: Aruna & Rameses B - Ready To Go (feat. KINGDØMS)
2016: Aruna - What If/Sunrise
From listening to Trance music from it's very beginning I can say without a doubt it has changed, I always preferred a song with a beautiful melody and obviously some good lyrics too, A good period for me was from 2007 to about 2010, Between this time period a lot of great trance was created and every week there was a host of new material, Trance music is still good to me but this tell's me how music does go through changes no matter how small. I honestly believe trance dance music is here to stay and can only get better and more exciting over the coming years.
The End (WRLD Remix) - Aruna
ARUNA - What If (Richard Caddock Remix)