Alejandro Ghersi (born October 14, 1989), better known by his stage name Arca, is a Venezuelan electronic music producer, songwriter, mixing engineer and DJ based in Dalston, London. He has released three studio albums to critical praise and has produced and collaborated for artists such as Björk, Kanye West, FKA twigs and Frank Ocean.
Arca DJing in New York City
|Birth name||Alejandro Ghersi|
|Also known as||Nuuro|
October 14, 1989 |
Arca was born in Caracas, Venezuela. His father was an investment banker and his mother studied International Studies. His family moved to Connecticut for a time, before returning to Venezuela, where he was privately educated and was introduced to piano lessons. He describes his childhood as "kind of in a bubble", and had difficulty accepting the fact that he was homosexual. He released music in his teen years by the name of Nuuro, and received moderate popularity in his home country, with praise from big national artists such as Los Amigos Invisibles. He later attended the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU.
On February 1, 2012, Arca released his debut extended play (EP), Baron Libre, through UNO NYC. Later that year, he released the Stretch 1 and Stretch 2 EPs on April 19 and August 6 respectively.
In 2013, Arca was credited for additional production, programming and songwriting for five of the songs on Kanye West's Yeezus. He also served as one of the three production consultants. That same year on July 23, he released his &&&&& mixtape through SoundCloud and Hippos in Tanks. The project included an audio-visual performance alongside Jesse Kanda, who contributed the visuals, at MoMA PS1 in October 2013. On September 17, FKA Twigs' EP2 was released, on which Arca produced and co-wrote every song.
His debut studio album, Xen, was released on November 4, 2014 via Mute Records. Arca made significant contributions to Björk's ninth studio album Vulnicura which was released on January 20, 2015. He was credited as the co-producer of seven of the tracks, and the co-writer of two. His second studio album, Mutant, was released on November 20, 2015. He released the Entrañas mixtape on July 4, 2016, following the single "Sin Rumbo". On April 7, 2017, his third studio album, Arca, was released through XL Recordings to universal acclaim.
In September 2017, it was announced that Arca was to officially take part in Bjork's 2017 album. Its lead single, "The Gate" was released shortly after. The album was officially announced under the title Utopia and was considered as a complete collaborative effort between the two artists with the album produced entirely by them. Unlike their collaboration on Vulnicura, where Arca came on board after all the songs and string arrangements were written, the new album saw them collaborating from the start, a process Björk admits was new to her. Arca had encouraged her to pursue a direction she'd hinted at on obscure cuts like "Batabid", a B-side from the 2002 "Pagan Poetry" single, and "Ambergris March" from Drawing Restraint 9. In a later interview, Björk stated, "I obviously saw a gigantic musician in him, and I felt that he had gone into my world with such elegance and dignity and interpreted it", clarifying that while the album was assuredly hers, it explored "the Arca/Björk overlap." The album was released on 24 November 2017.
- Baron Libre (2012)
- Stretch 1 (2012)
- Stretch 2 (2012)
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