Learn more about the Rhode Island crooner.
In 2018, it’s safe to say that R&B is the most explorative genre of them all. Between warped melodies, idiosyncratic vocal arrangements and unique song structures, it’s come far from the days of neo-soul and traditional song types.
Although the field is expanding in popularity and influence, there’s still a barrier to entry unlike any other genre in the world. It’s as if only the best of the best are able to enter into the field, being fiercely vetted by the public court of opinion. If someone comes into the fold, you know that there’s something special about them, that they’ll bring something different to the table.
A. Ros, a crooning, peculiar artist out of Rhode Island, is the latest buzzing name to enter into the R&B spectrum. He’s an extremely interesting individual with a unique entry point into the industry. It’s given him the knowledge necessary to master the genre, expand his message, and begin to show the world that through channeling the romantic nature of past music, R&B can continue to evolve.
Who is Aros? Any relation to Eros, Greek God of Love?
Adrian Rosario is my name, but Aros is my alto ego. I’m a quiet person that likes to keep to my self. Aros is the person I turn into when I perform. He forces me to open up and express feelings and emotions that usually don’t get expressed. He is the man that every lady should want their man to be.
How are women influencing the creative aspects of your music?
Women are the reason for my music. I feel like music is missing the love songs that I grew up listening to when I was in the car with my mother or Saturday mornings while she was cleaning the house. You know that Neyo, R Kelly, Dru Hill and Usher. I create music that my mom would listen to with a today type of feel. Most of my music is created for women but from a mans perspective. For that reason, it appeals to both men and women.
Who are some of your influences in the game?
Micheal is one of my biggest influences. I’m from Providence, which is 45 mins from Boston, so I’m heavily influenced by the sounds of Bobby Brown and New Edition. I would also say that Usher and Chis Brown are major influences in my music as well.
How has having familial ties in the music industry enabled you to understand it better?
My dad tries to teach me the business side of the industry as much as possible. I’m always asking him questions and getting answers that are true – good or bad. He has given me a different way to look at the game. It’s not just music, there is so much more to it. And because of him, I’m treating my career completely different. I’m lucky to be able to do what I love to do which is sing and have the confidence that the business is handled the right way.
What’s the journey been like to make it out of Rhode Island?
I don’t like to say “Made it out of Rhode Island.” I have been fortunate enough to have my music heard by fans outside of my city. It’s been crazy, I remember the 1st time I heard one of my songs on the radio in LA. I heard it and was thinking it was off of one the phones in the car, then I heard the DJ start to talk. That was one of the best feelings I have ever had. But the journey for me isn’t over yet, I’m just getting started.
Describe the Rhode Island music scene.
Rhode Island has a lot of talent; it’s just the smallest state so it takes a lot to reach other parts of the country. It has produced the sounds of Jeffery Osborne, Araab Musik and Ben Jayne who has one of the hottest records out right now. The local rap scene can compete with any state with the likes of Cam Bells, Jay Duce, and Flawless just to name a few.
How do you feel like you’re pushing the R & B envelope in 2018?
I feel like I’m bringing the music back to what R&B used to be. I’m a singer who sings, not a rapper that sings. I think my EP that is getting released early this summer will showcase hooks that have old R&B harmonies with today’s sounds.
How’d you link up with Pusha T?
Majic is friends with Duro and he mixed the record for us. When he heard the record he said we needed a rap on it. Majic had a meeting with Sony ATV and he took me along so I could see the business side of things. After the meeting we went to eat at “Flor De Mayo” and Steven Victor and Pusha came in and sat at the table next to us. My dad was like that’s who we need and laughed. He texted Duro and he agreed. Maj told Steven about the record, he had Duro emailed the record over. Later that night after they heard the record, they hit us and said Pusha was in. Crazy how life works.
What was the recording process for “All I Wanted” like?
Jyshoun and my dad came up with the idea to do the record and they didn’t have me in mind. But then Jyshoun was A would sound dope on this record. I would always be around when they go in the studio. Then it was my turn and the record came out fire so it was the start of everything.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Dropping my 1st video “Killa” and finishing the Casscfied High school tour in Los Angeles. Then we are releasing my 2nd video, “Wave Rider” which is one of my favorite records on my upcoming EP that will be released this summer. Also, hitting the studio with my little brother, Shawn, and start working with our artists that are signed to our label “Y.ME.” Also, hitting the streets performing so make sure you come check me out when I come to your city.