Aaron Childs was on to something when he was gifted a drum kit at the age of 2 and turned it into a fort. Now a musician with years of experience under his belt, Aaron speaks of his new EP, No Rewrites, with imaginative enthusiasm I picture his younger self had building that fort.
Aaron grew up in a very musically inclined household illuminated in California sunshine, with his mom playing Stevie Wonder records, his aunt introducing him to Funk, and yearly Christmas trips to New York to hear his dad play jazz. As a result, it was no shock that Aaron started piano lessons very young. But after a while, young Aaron was hungry to be a rockstar (or whatever version of rockstar he had in his pre-adolescent head.) Consequently, he made a deal with his dad that if he played his Bach piano recital perfectly all the way through, he could venture away from the confines of classical piano. Aaron aced the recital and left “a free man” ready to meet his true match: Guitar. However, Aaron is extremely grateful for those lessons as they helped cement his unique path.
Getting to know Aaron’s process
What drew me to Aaron’s music was that, much like learning of is childhood, I felt like his music smiled at me. It portrays light and tenderness. I learned I’m not the only one who feels that way.
“My gut instinct is to use music to figure out how to look up in any given scenario or situation,” Aaron shares. However, this isn’t to say his music only touches on positives. “Music lets you explore beauty, hopelessness, fear, anger….you can go anywhere you want with it and that’s healing.”
Mirroring this, Aaron finds that his music closely correlates to a faded red color. Funny enough, Aaron just finished making a playlist called “These songs feel red to me,” but specifies he identifies his music as cadmium red, representing both primal passion but also love and warmth which absolutely aligns with his tunes.
Aaron’s heavenly vocals float effortlessly over guitar-led grooves that make idyllic use of jazzy progressions and moments. ‘I BEEN UP’ is the second tune off the EP and it’s whimsical and vibrant with satisfying horns towards the end. ‘U Got Time’ continues to show us Childs excels in his higher vocal register. Across all songs on the EP, Childs knows how to create a catchy hook while always adding his own flavor. ‘No Rewrites,’ the lead single off his EP, is a perfect example of this.
“I’m not gonna get another rewrite
Sometimes it feels like
I’m gonna let it all slide
Watching the city pass by
Now I’m livin’ in the meantime
‘Cause I got a little me time
And I feel like I deserve a thing or two”
It’s easy to nestle into the sweetness of this sonic clear sky after a rainy day via the chorus and as the song comes to a close, Aaron makes sure to leave us on a methodical jazzy chord, showing he’s a step ahead of what’s predictable. Aaron’s EP, No Rewrites, is available on all streaming services. Keep up with Aaron in Instagram and catch his EP release party Saturday, August 12 in Los Angeles. See details HERE.
Written by: Grace Kinter. Check out more of her articles HERE.