When a new voice travels throughout your ear drums, it’s almost like a breath of fresh air. That’s exactly how I felt when I first heard Las Vegas songtress Arima Ederra. The emotions and soul that poured out of this girl took me by storm that I couldn’t resist to get involved in some way. Just yesterday, we here at AshleyOutrageous.com presented her first EP, Earth To Arima. With the project being her introduction to us all, we had to grab Arima for an exclusive Q&A to get to know her a little better…
Arima Ederra: Peace world! I am Arima, nice to meet ya.
I’m aware that Arima stands for “Soul” and Ederra stands for “Beautiful” – how did this name come about? Is it your real name?
I like to think of “Arima Ederra” as a name that was given to me. It wasn’t a name that I just randomly came up with, I asked my best friend to describe my personality and she said a beautiful soul. She was actually the one who found the name for me and it instantly clicked, it was beautiful. I felt really connected to it, almost like it was my name in a previous life time…
When did you begin to sing?
Since I can remember! My most memorable times I have as a kid were doing talent shows and just singing for my family at home. It always felt so good to me and I always had fun entertaining my friends and family.
Tell us about that moment when you knew that you wanted music to be your career…
I’ve always known that I wanted to be a singer, I just never thought it was as an attainable goal. It was always just something I fantasized about doing but never something I thought I could actually pursue. It was more a DREAM than anything. There was a few moments where I tried pursuing music but I never took it seriously. Reflecting back on it now, I was always afraid of failing. There was a 100 feet black brick wall in front of me that I was never brave enough to climb. My father passed away the beginning of this year and I think that was my moment of clarity; the moment my “Arima” was awakened and I let go of all my fears. I had to ask myself what it is that really made me happy and there was only one thing that always came to mind. I was done running from it, and finally felt free. Music is my freedom and I love every moment of it
Who are your inspirations?
I don’t even know where to begin, I’m inspired by a lot of things. Musically jazz plays a vital role in my life; John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and the list goes on. Hip hop has always been a very influential aspect as well, the 90’s was the shit. Ms. Badu, Jill Scott, Groove Theory, Lauryn Hill… there are way too many to list! Jiddu Khrishnamurti is a spiritual philosopher that I’ve also learned a lot from. My parents also influence me in so many ways, I am who I am because of the way I was raised; my family is most definitely my biggest inspiration.
Now lets talk about your debut project “Earth To Arima” – tell us about the title choice…
Ahhh… Earth To Arima is Earth to your soul! It’s basically my perception of life, love and experiences. I woke up and decided to wake the world up, it’s an introduction to me.
How long have you been working on ETA?
I’ve been working on ETA for about a year now.
What’s your creative process like?
I do a lot of writing without music but for the most part I listen to a beat and before any words are there I automatically hear a melody and go off that. I work purely on emotions and how the song FEELS, then the words are already there.
You’ve written all the songs yourself which contain some pretty deep thoughts about love/relationships – are the songs stories from your own life?
Yes. My imagination is pretty creative but all of my songs are based off of emotions and how I’m feeling at that current moment.
Your single with Blu, “Questions,” received great feedback and the chemistry was certainly there. How did this collaboration come about? Did you guys record together?
When I first heard the beat, the song was written and recorded very quickly, instantly fell in love with it! It was supposed to just be a short little interlude but I wanted to add something to it. My boy Bhonstro killed the production, it was so soulful and jazzy and Blu automatically came to mind. A friend of mine sent him my recorded version and Blu was down to do it! He was on tour with Exile in Europe at the time, but he recorded it once he got back to LA. That would have been amazing to record it with him but I laid my verse at a studio here in Vegas. I thank Blu for showing me love and blessing the track!
What are some dream collaborations of yours?
Ahhhh, I have tons of dream collaborations! I would love to work with Yasiin Bey, Ab-Soul, Jessie Boykins, Brother Ali, Frank Ocean and so many more!
Now that the project is out, what’s next? Can we expect some visuals?
I’m already working on a new project with an inspiring concept that I’m very excited about! As far as visuals, you can expect a few from Earth To Arima coming real soon
Any last words?
We are shifting, the universe is moving. Let go of fear, and become free! Oneness and one LOVE~
Head over to Jenesis Magazine where Arima speaks on her favorite tracks off ETA