We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron Aranda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
One of the many beauties of art is how versatile it is in the way it affects people. For example, three people can listen to the same song and have the various interpretations. The same goes for the artists pursuing a creative career. Within our own band, Reasons Above All, the reasoning goes from such a career being fun and exciting, to satisfying a necessary stimulation of a creative mind. For anyone, creating and playing music can be a sort of release of emotions that have built up overtime. Likewise, it can also be a sort of escape from everyday stresses and responsibilities. The chemistry between band members can be a phenomenal thing as well. When you find yourself apart of a group that gets along and works well together to create amazing things, you may come to realize what a rarity that can be in life. As a result, you wish for it all to keep going as long as possible.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Reasons Above All is a band that is constantly improving and developing new levels of musicianship and music. We have a strong “do it yourself” attitude that has lead to the construction of our very own music studio, and self production of our first two records. We have various interests within the music industry such as, filming, video editing, recording, writing, and performing. When divided amongst each band member, we all work together to grow our band while satisfying several creative interests at once. One of the biggest challenges was finding the right group of people to move forward with. After some time and luck, maybe even fate, our current line up was brought together and everything else followed much easier. What we believe is important to keep in mind is to not get hung up or hyperfocused on small things. It is very possible to stand in your own way of progress without every realizing it. Keep moving forward and allow yourself to make mistakes along the way. Keep learning from one another and have fun while doing it. Be able to look back years later with no regrets.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Our band members are split across three different cities Norco, Rialto, and San Bernardino California. In Norco, we would definitely be going to Rodeo Burger. It’s an epic burger joint with colossal portions of fries and onion rings, it’s a real treat! In Rialto we would hit up the new Renaissance shopping center that has a bunch of cool things to check out. One of my favorites is the fantastic Cinemark movie theatre. Last but not least, in San Bernardino we can go to Rosa Marias, a small Mexican restaurant with epic burritos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout Adrien Estrada who was probably my first real mentor figure for myself and my band. He always had strong wisdom to share and is never afraid to speak plain truth in benefit of others. He was one of my connections I received while at the University of La Verne, and continues to work with me to this day. I’d also like to shoutout a Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, which really taught me a lot about how the human mind can work against my goals or for my goals depending on how thoughts are controlled. It definitely changed my life, and I carry those lessons with me wherever I go in life.