Ariel Bellvalaire is cool in our book.
She can sing, she can write songs, and she can play a mean guitar.
Oh, and she has a musically-minded guinea pig, as you’ll see in this video for Ariel’s latest song, “Elastic.”
Guitar skills and a guinea pig!
Really, what else do we need?
Well, to learn more about Ariel and her love of all things “shred.”
NAME: Ariel Bellvalaire
BAND: Ariel Bellvalaire (solo artist)
POSITION: Lead guitarist, singer, and acrobat
HOMETOWN: Windsor, Connecticut-born and raised, but currently living in Los Angeles
1. What is your earliest musical memory?
I discovered I could sing by belting “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” on a loop in my mom’s car while she was driving. (Sorry mom…) I thought I sounded good so I ended up belting it for the whole family along with my cousins. The family seemed to like it so I was excited! The first time I really played guitar in a group was summer camp, I was quick to sign up for the guitar class. It was acoustic and I told the camp counselor I wanted to shred. I don’t even think I knew what that meant yet…but it sounded cool!
2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?
So I can land all my crazy stunts, no problem… One show, during the finale of course, I tripped over the monitor cable while soloing/running up to the front of the stage and I fell onto my stomach. The stage was super slippery and so was my outfit!! I managed to turn my guitar to the side and kept playing from the floor but I was sliding towards the edge of the stage penguin style on my stomach while playing! The entire front row put their arms up because I literally almost fell off the stage. Luckily I was able to stop and just started laughing really hard and the audience loved it, but I was totally embarrassed! I pulled it off somehow though!
3. What do you like and dislike about touring?
I have a hard time finding healthy food at weird hours on tour! Sometimes the only places that are open at 3:00 am after a show are fast food places! I’ll be packing food with me next tour to avoid this though.
4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?
Amoeba Music in Hollywood was my favorite!!! They had every record you could imagine, a bulletin board everyone advertised their band on and amazing vintage rock n’ roll vibes. There’s just something so magical about record stores!
5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?
Okay…so I have two songs that changed my life. One that made me a singer and the other that made me a guitarist. I was so obsessed with Avril Lavigne as a kid, hearing her music made me want to be on stage performing with an audience. I loved all her music but the song “Happy Ending” really struck me and made me want to be a pop rock artist. One day I had the desire to hear metal music so I went onto Myspace (yeah…Myspace!) and listened to “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne. That song blew my mind and made me want to play lead electric rock guitar! It still gets me going to this day!
6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?
Sounds like a typical tour to me! Hahaha, totally kidding! I’m sure many of us musicians have had our fair share of seedy hotels but I’ve always remembered getting there! I suppose as long as my guitar and passport are in the room with me… I might as well call the local venues around so I can perform while I’m there and get a damn good story out of it! Go big or go home right?
Image Courtesy of Ariel Bellvalaire