Ari Herstand

New album

Brave Enough

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Music

Featured Song:'Ordinary Times'

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Discography

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(2014)

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(2011)

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(2009)

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(2005)

Bio

Most musicians now know Ari Herstand (pronounced Ar*ee Her*stand) as the guy who helped them fly with their instruments. His Carry Your Instrument On The Plane... It's The LAW blog post went viral and has been viewed over 300,000 times with over 40,000 Facebook Likes. In just under three years, Herstand's music business advice blog, Ari's Take, has been nominated by the LA Weekly as the best music blog in Los Angeles and has become a go to resource for DIY (Do It Yourself) musicians. Herstand started the blog to help musicians from his own experiences managing his music career. "Before the blog, I was getting so many questions from other DIY musicians on how to get their bands off the ground. It got to a point where I just didn't have time to respond to everyone anymore, so I started Ari's Take and just started pointing people there," he explains. Herstand has played over 600 shows, toured with the Milk Carton Kids and Ron Pope, opened for Ben Folds, Cake, Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin and Eric Hutchinson, and performed with Thirty Seconds To Mars on the Ellen Degeneres Show. He's had countless songs placed on TV shows and charted in the top ten on iTunes - all as a DIY musician. As an actor, he has co-starred in TV shows like Mad Men, 2 Broke Girls, The Fosters, Sam & Cat and Touch. Best known for his live looping shows, Herstand records and layers the acoustic guitar, keys, beat boxing, trumpet and vocals for a full sonic live experience. "January 15th, 2008 was the greatest day of my life," he exclaims. "It was the day I quit Starbucks and officially became a full-time musician." Living in Minneapolis, he had been cutting his performance chops in a town where it seemed every musician had about one degree of separation from Prince. "It was very intimidating," Herstand admits. "Any night I wasn't performing a show I tried to get out and see a show. For awhile, I was out 4-5 nights a week seeing local Minneapolis music." Herstand quickly rose to prominence in Minneapolis, consistently filling the 800 capacity Varsity Theater. As a student at the University of Minnesota (for just 1 year), he played the college cafes, bars and clubs and built his following on campus. With 40,000 undergraduates, it wasn't a bad market to target. Word spread about Herstand's popularity on campus and he got a call from a college booking agency. "The funny thing is, I submitted to this agency a couple times, but never could get a response. Then one day I got a call from the president, with a voice that rivaled Barry White's, and he asked if I could play a gig at a university in St. Paul for $1,000. I thought it was a prank. He assured me it was for real. I played the gig and "Barry White Jr." was there and offered me a spot on his roster. He never actually received my submissions." Herstand started playing colleges all over the Midwest. He showcased at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Northern Plains region, in the Spring of 2008 and booked 50 shows on the spot. A NACA record. That year, he also opened for Ben Folds, played (and booked) a stage at the "World's Largest Music Festival" Summerfest in Milwaukee, released his Whispering Endearments record and self-booked his first couple tours to the coasts and back. He continued to tour the Midwest and his regional club turnouts kept growing. Soon he was playing packed rooms in a 5 state region. His Minneapolis local shows were always a welcomed return and the Varsity Theater remained his home. Herstand always toured solo accompanied by his loop station- incorporating the acoustic guitar, keys, trumpet, percussion, beat boxing and vocals. "I started looping because I was bored with the singer/songwriter format. One of the first concerts I went to was the Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley. I was mesmerized by all of the intricate elements they incorporated." After nearly three non-stop years on the road, Herstand needed a change. "I think it was loading into the Varsity in February during a blizzard that I officially made up my mind. No more winter," he remembers. The song "Minnie and Me" on the new album, Brave Enough, is about falling out of love with Minneapolis. Herstand moved to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2010 to begin the next phase of his artistic journey (and get away from the cold). He quickly found a home at the popular Hollywood music venue, The Hotel Cafe. He continued touring extensively, but after returning from an extended run in the summer of 2012, he realized he needed to take some time off the road and explore what LA had to offer. On a whim, he sent out head shots to acting agents. He hadn't actually acted since he played Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar in a Madison, Wisconsin community theater production the summer after high school. The day after the head shots went out, he got 7 calls. He took some meetings and signed with an agent. So far he has starred in a film by Fox-Japan (out late 2014) and has co-starred on 2 Broke Girls, Touch, Sam & Cat, The Fosters, along with Budweiser and Fiat commercials. Herstand grew up in Wisconsin. He went to elementary school in Shorewood (a suburb of Milwaukee) and his family moved to Madison just before 7th grade. The son of a social worker and a guidance counselor, Herstand has always had a strong social justice sense. His song "Who's Deciding" off of his debut, 2005 release, Baby Eyes, and "Do Ask Do Tell" off of his 2010 release, Clean Up EP, promotes LGBT equality - an issue Herstand feels very strongly about. His song, "I Am Mike Brown" he wrote directly following the murder of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO during the Summer of 2014. After a successful $13,544 Kickstarter campaign Herstand went back into the studio in the Spring of 2012 to record his latest album, Brave Enough. He returned to Minnesota to work with long time engineer/producer/friend Paul Marino. Marino arranged for Herstand's "favorite drummer on the planet," Dave King (The Bad Plus), to play drums on the record - along with many other world class musicians. The record is about moving to a new city with an old love. Herstand wrote the optimistic "San Vicente Blvd" after his first visit to Los Angeles: "I had left Minneapolis when it was negative 5 and snowing. I arrived in LA and it was 80 degrees and sunny. I thought, yeah, this is gonna be ok." The album explores the trials of temptation, life on the road and the pain only true love can produce. "I grew spiritually and emotionally through this process and came out not necessarily stronger, but more compassionate with an understanding of what truly is the most important element of life: love. Love is what continued to fuel me even in the darkest moments of this journey and love is what continues to inspire me as a musician and as an artist."

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Shows

Ari Herstand Tour DatesNo upcoming shows are scheduled at this time. Check back soon!

Living Room Shows

Bring me to your living room! I've played countless house concerts around the country and they are some of my favorite shows to play. If I'm touring through your town and have a night off (or couldn't book a club date) we may be able to setup a house concert. Basically, you provide the space and the attendees and I provide the music. I have a small fee (much lower than my private performance rate), but this is typically covered by charging your guests admission of about $15. If you'd like more info on hosting a living room concert email me here

Merch

Brave Enough

Vinyl Record (Double LP)

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$25 (2014)**comes with a digital download

SIDE A
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Say What You Will
San Vicente Blvd
Keep fighting
Young blood dig down

SIDE B
I hope I never know
Minnie and me
Brave enough
Let me be alone


SIDE C

Float
Cold water
Candy of Survival
Maybe

SIDE D
New day
Muggy Minnesota
Circles
Love hangs around
*Signed and Numbered

Brave Enough

CD

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$12(2014)1. -
2. Say What You Will
3. San Vicente Blvd
4. Keep fighting
5. Young blood dig down
6. I hope i never know
7. Minnie and me
8. Brave enough
9. Let me be alone
10. Float
11. Cold water
12. Candy of Survival
13. Maybe
14. New day
15. Muggy Minnesota
16. Circles
17. Love hangs around
*Signed

Jewfro

T-Shirt

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$20Tshirt style 0Tshirt style 1
Printed on SUPER SOFT Tri-blend
American Apparel
Will shrink
(actual jewfro not included... sorry)

Jewfro

Sticker

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$2
3.5" x 3.5"
Printed on high quality glossy vinyl
Great for bumpers, trapper keeprs or foreheads!

Brave Enough

Poster

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$7
11" x 17"
*Signed

Black and White

Poster

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$7
11" x 17"
*Signed

Live

Poster

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$7
11" x 17"
*Signed

Silver Lake

Poster

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$7
11" x 17"
*Signed

Clean Up EP

CD

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$5(2011)1. Home Tonight
2. Clean Up
3. Do Ask Do Tell
4. Vegas Is My Weakness
*Signed

Live at the pause

DVD / CD

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$18(2010)Contains a CD and a DVD
Filmed in Northfield, MN, March 2009
Solo, live looping show
1. Blanket-Go-Round
2. Center of a Kiss
3. Itch Inside Your Ear
4. Float on By
5. One Bell
6. Whispering Endearmenets
7. Wrinkled Skin
8. Last Day
9. Rose Stained Red
10. Wonderwall
*Signed

Whispering Endearments

CD

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$12(2008)1. One Bell
2. Whispering Endearmenets
3. Last Day
4. Rose Stained Red
5. Itch Inside Your Ear
6. Center of a Kiss
7. Your Eyes
8. Blanket-Go-Round
9. Beneath the Moon
10. Christian Dear
11. Sleep
*Signed

Packages

"I am a Fan"

$25
  • Brave Enough CD
  • Jewfro T-Shirt
  • Jewfro Sticker

"I am a NEW Fan"

$35
  • Brave Enough CD
  • Clean Up EP CD
  • Live at the Pause DVD/CD
  • Whispering Endearments CD
  • Jewfro Sticker

"I Love Vinyl"

$55
  • Brave Enough Vinyl
  • Brave Enough CD
  • T-Shirt
  • Sticker
  • Poster of Your Choice

"I'm Brave Enough"

$100
Signed Brave Enough Vinyl, Signed Brave Enough CD, Signed Live At The Pause DVD, Signed Whispering Endearments CD, Signed Clean Up EP, Signed Poster of your choice, T-shirt, Sticker, Brave Enough Behind The Scenes DVD, Float On By (Through The Years) Self Burned CD

The Brave Enough Behind The Scenes DVD is 22 minutes of footage shot and edited by Ari from the Brave Enough sessions.
The Float On By (Through The Years) CD contains 5 recordings of Float on By. Ari will burn this CD made to order. It ain't fancy packaging:
1. Ari's High School Band's CD Recording (2003)
2. Ari's first solo performance at the European Grind in Minneapolis (2003)
3. Live looping with band version from One Take (out of print) (2006)
4. Live From KUMD (Duluth, MN) radio show (2007)
5. Live at The Pause (2009)

Videos

"Ordinary Times"

Featured

Say What You Will

I Hope I Never Know

What Sarah Said by Death Cab For Cutie (live looping)

(Looping) Float On By

Music Videos

Rose Stained Red

Clean Up

Vegas Is My Weakness

Maybe (Lyric Video)

Looping

Home Tonight

Float On By

Rose Stained Red (Cities 97)

Love Hangs Around

Covers

Chandelier by Sia

Burn by Ellie Goulding

Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel

Ho Hey by The Lumineers

Lyrics

Albums

Singles, EPs

Ordinary Times

(2015)
  1. Ordinary Times

Live

Maybe (Brave Enough)

Words and music by Ari Herstand and Chris Koza Copyright 2012 ASCAP On a street in Nebraska I find some quiet to call You pick up and you’re crying Please come home, please come home, please come home Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought Maybe it’s the road Maybe I was crazy to leave you back waiting I forgot that you’re my home Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth Maybe you’d understand but I’m not okay always away I forgot that you’re my plan Watching old friends get married Helping new friends start a life Saying I love you for the first time Swearing that heartbreak is all left behind Please come home she said please come home, please come home, please come home Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought Maybe it’s the road Maybe I was crazy to leave you back waiting I forgot that you’re my home Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth Maybe you’d understand but I’m not okay always away I forgot that you’re my plan In the dark of California In our bed where I am not Close your eyes and feel me hold you This is love this is pain this is sacrifice Maybe I’m not as strong as I thought Maybe I was crazy to leave you back waiting Maybe I’m afraid to tell you the truth Maybe you’d understand but I’m not okay always away I’m not okay always away I’m not okay I’m coming home

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Acting

Ari started acting professionally in the Summer of 2012 after he returned home from recording Brave Enough in Minnesota. Wanting to find a way to spend more time in LA (and off the road), Ari sent out some head shots to agents around town. Shortly thereafter he signed with an agent and started auditioning. Since then, he has shot many commercials, a few TV shows and a movie. He balances acting and music (along with blogging) and refuses to just pick one.

Ari's Take

Ari’s Take is Ari’s music business advice blog, rated as one of the best music blogs by the LA Weekly. Check out more on ArisTake.com

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05.20.2015


1) Wait To Be DiscoveredIf you want a career in music you have to MAKE your career in music. You can't wait for 'the powers that be' to come swoop you up and turn you into a star. You must put in the work. No one wants to work with someone with a great recording but absolutely no work ethic, no following, no buzz, can't perform live and has no social media presence. You must build this on your own first. The days of 'getting discovered' at a club in Hollywood are over. Build up your enterprise on your own first, and people will come aknockin when you've become unstoppable.2) Expect People To Just Show Up To Your ShowsI can't tell you how many young bands I see (with very little online presence) book huge tours and expect that people will just show up because they're playing a cool club. This goes for local shows as well. Just because you're on the venue's calendar doesn't mean anyone is going to come. You must have a purpose for every show you play. If you're a super new ba…

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05.11.2015


You know how everyone comes up to you after your shows and they tell you how great you were? That feels nice doesn't it. I sure love it. But how many of them are being genuine or just being good friends? Because I remember talking to a drummer buddy of mine who was so excited after his show because everyone told him afterwards how great they were, only to hear from me (a couple days later...come on I'm not that much of a dick) that the sound absolutely sucked, we couldn't hear the singer and his drums were the loudest thing in the mix. He then re-asked his friends 'but seriously, you can tell me, how did we sound.' To which they unanimously replied 'er, yeah, not so good. sorry.'

Musicians NEED honest, valuable feedback. In the early stages, sure, but at every stage. It's why labels spend thousands on market research to pick the hit.

Platforms like Taxi and Music Xray will give you high priced 'industry' feedback (Taxi is $200-300 a year + $5 per submi…

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The Reason You Never Get An Email Response

04.24.2015


I'll admit it. I'm horrible when it comes to email. I have a contact form on Ari's Take which I was pretty good at keeping up with when I launched the site 3 years ago. But now I'm about 6 month behind on responses. Yikes. Even my personal email I get backed up on - to the point where I currently have 9,730 'unread' messages. I mark messages unread even if I've read them but haven't had a chance to respond. So there are nearly 10,000 emails that I haven't gotten to (and probably never well - as the number grows daily).

What messages do I get to right away? The most pressing, the ones from friends and ones from 'important' people (sorry). If you've emailed me recently and your email isn't SUPER pressing (like our show tomorrow night), then chances are you're part of the 10,000.

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Press

"Herstand's work shows a strong melodic gift and an adept handle on a sound that is rich, organic and inclusive." Music Connection Magazine "The diversity of Brave Enough makes it impossible to listen to without finding something to love. Whether you prefer the Santana-esque vibe of Say What You Will, the crashing cymbals into soft piano found in Let Me Be Alone, or the slow breathing melody of Float, you will not regret getting your hands on this album." Examiner.com "The Future of Music is In Good Hands" The Mac Weekly "Ari Herstand puts a new twist on the singer songwriter aesthetic by playing keyboard, guitar, singing, and beatboxing all at once." Phoenix New Times "What becomes obvious through watching all this is how much control Ari Herstand has over his performance...Ari Herstand has come to the level where his music is both exact art and science." Second Supper

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