Aridonis’ Story So Far:
(Long Form Bio)
Aridonis is Vancouver-bred independent singer-songwriter-producer, who’s lyrical honesty and authenticity reminds listeners that human beings can’t lead with the best foot alone—you need both to get anywhere.
After surviving a rare testicular cancer diagnosis as a teenager, Aridonis “A.J.” Buckley was left in stalemate with himself. He didn’t really see the point in doing anything meaningful with his life, when failure, sickness, and pain could just fall from the sky and ruin whatever he achieved, but for those same reasons, there didn’t really seem to be much reason to NOT attempt to follow his passions. So partly for those reasons, and partly out of a guilty obligation to having survived something many others don’t, Aridonis compromised between his real dream of being a songwriting performer, and his crippling fear of failure by going to college for Audio Engineering out of highschool.
Nearly a decade went by, and Aridonis failed over and over again to feel satisfied in life. He couldn’t find peace in his work in the studio, or in a relationship, or in his own soul. After constant pushing from his friend and producer colleague SLOUCH, Aridonis decided to temporarily shed his insecurities, and just be honest about himself, his relationships, and the world he lived in. His first EP “I’m The Problem” was released in December of 2019, and was followed up with two singles “Stucco” and “Princess” during the 2020 pandemic/lockdown.
The result is a textured alt-pop landscape. Oscillating synth sounds, psychedelic guitars, and lo-fi hip hop beats best illustrate the topography of Aridonis’ pensive, video-game like, world.
Aridonis received a nomination for best Alternative artist in the 2020 CIVL-FM Fraser Valley Music Awards, and has been complimented for his light energy, coupled with dark humour onstage, his wide vocal range, and eclectic choice of technological accompaniment when performing on one of his many livestreams of 2020.
Aridonis is an advocate for mental health, equality for all people, and black coffee.
For fans of Gorillaz, Flaming Lips, Portugal. The Man, and Beck.
Short Form Bio:
Any attempt at honesty involves accepting the parts of ourselves that are, at times, unbecoming, and few understand this like Canadian singer-songwriter producer, Aridonis. After surviving a rare cancer diagnosis, and the decade of anxiety, depression, and heartbreak that followed, Aridonis realized that the reasons he didn’t pursue his chosen life, were the same reasons he should drop everything and go for it. Aridonis released his “I’m the Problem” EP that same year.
The result was a textured alt-pop landscape. Oscillating synth sounds, psychedelic guitars, and lo-fi hip hop beats best illustrate the topography of Aridonis’ pensive world.
Swagger and prowess punctuate Aridonis’ live performances. At all times playing with sounds Earthly and alien, Aridonis deftly reconciles the meeting between technology and music. A novel listening experience comes through, but perhaps one more familiar to fans of Gorillaz, Flaming Lips, Portugal. The Man, and Beck.