We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ ARI and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DJ ARI, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I love that you asked this because one of my favorite topics to touch on is following a “traditional path”. Don’t you just love the “back-up plan” questions? ha! I’ll start by saying – I was blessed with parents that encouraged my siblings and I to have autonomy over our own lives. They never pressured me into choosing college, marriage or any specific career. Aside from that, from a young age, I felt I was different than a lot of my peers. I was easily bored with the curriculum and would write songs in my notebooks or try to get passes out of class to go back to choir. To this day when I meet fellow creatives/artists we typically share this same sentiment. I know my parents certainly nurtured the “uniqueness” in me, but a majority of why I chose this path is because it is my destiny – the same thing that led me here in this interview with you today. Still as I say this I never knew I would be a full-time artist at 26. Certainly, I have plenty more personal levels to achieve and i’ve spent my fair share of time in low-points – in both financial and personal development. But my sharpest tool is my persistence to stay on my own path and turn a blind eye to anything else.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey has only just begun, but I will tell you this – A huge part of how I arrived at this current point was by recognizing and reframing any limiting beliefs I had about myself. If someone were to explain this concept to me in my teens – who knows where i’d be right now. It truly is like knowing you have a super-power, but you only have a couple clues as how to use it. I think our younger generation is being exposed to a more liberal, awoken and profound way of thinking and its going to harbor a lot of confidence and other great tools for their early success. Tools I am lucky to know exist, therefore I am attaining them.
A lot of people want to be successful, but don’t want to endure he inner struggle required — breaking down countless walls of doubt, conquering fear and believing in yourself whole-heartedly and genuinely, when others do not. You must immerse yourself in your passion and be loaded with certainty that you’ll succeed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Alright listen, if we have 7 days to explore what I, myself, find beauty in it will probably be everywhere that isn’t touristy. I will start the trip off by taking them to a rooftop restaurant to unwind, eat/drink then head over to an overlook in studio city and watch the sunset on the hood of the car. The second day would be spent in the Los Angeles Forest where there is one of my favorite hikes that leads to a 35 ft waterfall – duh, we would picnic and jump off. This tiring day would end with a movie night and post-mates at home because believe it or not, if you’re any friend of mine, our hometown is so small we don’t have that LOL. Day 3 would be spent at a sound bath retreat with close friends. Where we unwind in nature. Days 4-6 would be spent in either Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, because they are two very enjoyable places for different reasons. JT has an unbeatable spiritual and comforting energy about it. Whereas Palm Springs is stunning and FUN. We will end the week/weekend at my restaurant/lounge Theía Los Angeles, bidding farewell ,with a little nightlife action with me as DJ, latin/afro house music, greek food, bottle service and live shows with sparklers and CO2 cannons on the hour. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many incredible people who have believed in me and given me opportunities thus-far, so I want to shoutout a few. I’ll try to make this sound like a grammy acceptance speech as little as possible. To my girl friends – for encouraging, uplifting and inspiring me consistently. To every client and incredible person who has given me an opportunity to DJ and provide entertainment for them. Many have opened other doors for me by association and for that I am eternally grateful. To one of my good friends Ryan Alvarez: for urging and supporting the pursuit and release of my first single/music video. To Theía Los Angeles: for entrusting me as your resident DJ/music coordinator. I look forward to weekends with you. Lastly, to my amazing family: Your endless love is food for my soul and you are my ultimate motivation!