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Born and raised in southern California, Aranda got his start busking on street corners and gigging around LA until he met Twin Shadow, who invited him to join his touring band and began mentoring him as a producer. It was around this same time that Aranda landed on American Idol, where he defied all conventional wisdom by performing his own original material every night. The move paid off handsomely when Aranda landed second place on the show’s 17th season, which allowed him to walk away from the series with both his artistic integrity and a considerable international fanbase desperate to see him live. Aranda’s initial club dates as Scarypoolparty sold out instantly, as did subsequent runs in theaters and concert halls from coast to coast. Performances everywhere from Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits followed, and in the fall of 2019, Aranda released his debut full-length, ‘Exit Form,’ to rave reviews. The Guardian hailed the record’s “expansive sound,” while MTV dubbed Aranda a “rare virtuoso,” and Billboard lauded him as a “masterful guitar and piano player.” After making his late night debut on Kimmel, Aranda returned in 2020 with ‘Doom Hologram,’ and adventurous concept EP praised by Alternative Press as “an atmospheric experience from beginning to end.”

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