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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.[5][6][7] He has released three studio albums to critical praise and has produced for artists such as Björk, Kanye West, FKA twigs, Kelela and Frank Ocean.

Arca
Arca DJ Set at Home Sweet Home (cropped).jpg
Arca DJing in New York City
Background information
Birth name Alejandro Ghersi
Also known as Nuuro
Born (1989-10-14) October 14, 1989 (age 28)
Caracas, Venezuela
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Producer
  • singer-songwriter
  • mixing engineer
  • DJ
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website arca1000000.com

Contents

Early lifeEdit

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.[8] He later attended the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU.[9]

CareerEdit

On February 1, 2012, Arca released his debut extended play (EP), Baron Libre, through UNO NYC.[10] Later that year, he released the Stretch 1 and Stretch 2 EPs on April 19 and August 6 respectively.[11][12]

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.[13] That same year on July 23, he released his &&&&& mixtape through SoundCloud and Hippos in Tanks.[14] The project included an audio-visual performance alongside Jesse Kanda, who contributed the visuals, at MoMA PS1 in October 2013.[15] On September 17, FKA Twigs' EP2 was released, on which Arca produced and co-wrote every song.[16]

His debut studio album, Xen, was released on November 4, 2014 via Mute Records.[17] Arca made significant contributions to Björk's ninth studio album Vulnicura which was released on January 20, 2015.[18] He was credited as the co-producer of seven of the tracks, and the co-writer of two.[19][20] Arca collaborated with American singer Kelela on her Hallucinogen EP, which was released in October 2015. He's credited for producing, recording, mixing and co-writing two of the tracks. The title track is an instrumental track from Arca's &&&&& mixtape, with Kelela improvising vocals on them.[21][22] His second studio album, Mutant, was released on November 20, 2015.[23] He released the Entrañas mixtape on July 4, 2016, following the single "Sin Rumbo". On April 7, 2017, his eponymous third studio album, Arca, was released through XL Recordings.[24] The album received universal acclaim from music critics and was featured on numerous year-end lists.[25]

In 2017, Arca again collaborated Björk on her album Utopia, with the album produced entirely by the pair.[26] Björk explained that the album explored "the Arca/Björk overlap."[27] A music video featuring Arca for "Arisen My Senses" was released on December 18, 2017.[28] Arca also collaborated with Kelela on her debut studio album, Take Me Apart, released in October 2017. Kelela said he "anchored" the album and produced a bulk of it.[29] He's credited for producing on four tracks, and co-writing two.[30]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

MixtapesEdit

Extended playsEdit

  • Baron Libre (2012)
  • Stretch 1 (2012)
  • Stretch 2 (2012)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eede, CHristian (11 September 2014). "Listen: Arca – Thievery". The Quieus. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Arca announces debit it album". Acclaim Mag. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Arca". Time Out. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Morse, Eric. "Arca Talks Working With Bjork, Screaming About Sex, Explosive New LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Friedlander, Emile (September 30, 2014). "Cover Story: Arca Finds Xen". The Fader. 
  6. ^ "FEATURE: Venezuelan producer Arca is going to be huge". Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Arca Announces DJ Tour with Total Freedom and Jesse Kanda". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  8. ^ "Arca: 'Nothing is off limits emotionally' | Music". The Guardian. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  9. ^ Zeichner, Naomi (October 29, 2012). "GEN F: Arca". The Fader. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Download Arca's Debut EP Baron Libre". The Fader. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Download Arca's Stretch 1 EP". The Fader. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Arca – Stretch 2 | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Credits" (PDF). Images.modlife.com. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Download Arca's New Mix &&&&&". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pitchfork's FORMS and MoMA PS1 Present a Multimedia Event Featuring Arca and Jesse Kanda". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "FKA Twigs: EP2 | Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Signs to Mute. Debut album Xen out on 3/4 November. Hear the first single Thievery". Mute Records. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Friedlander, Emilie (30 September 2014). "Cover Story: Arca Finds Xen". The Fader. The Fader, Inc. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Michaels, Sean (1 October 2014). "Björk working with Kanye producer Arca on next album". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Brandle, Lars (14 January 2015). "Bjork Shares Details on New Album 'Vulnicura'". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Kelela: Hallucinogen EP Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  22. ^ "Kelela: Hallucinogen EP Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  23. ^ Minsker, Evan; Strauss, Matthew (15 October 2015). "Arca Details New Album Mutant, Shares "EN" Video". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Arca Signs to XL Recordings". XLR8R. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  25. ^ "Arca by Arca". Metacritic. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Björk on finding paradise and her ecstatic return". Dazed. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  27. ^ "Sphères, prismes et Utopia pour le nouvel album". bjork.fr. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  28. ^ "Björk Documents Her Own Birth In "Arisen My Senses" Video". Excalim.ca. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  29. ^ Price, Joe (August 1, 2017). "Kelela Returns with New Song "LMK"". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  30. ^ Take Me Apart (CD liner notes). Kelela. Warp. 2017. 

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