AN INTERVIEW WITH PINK SKIES
Arieh Berl, better known as Pink Skies, is an Oakland, CA native and known mostly for being the vocals for Fever Charm. While working on his band, he decided to expand his musical endeavors by creating his side solo project, Pink Skies. His first EP Does It Really Matter? was recently released this July.
FAVORITE BEATLES ALBUM?
Damn hitting me with the hard questions first, I might have to say, Abbey Road if I had to pick one. Abbey Road’s got a lot of bangers on it and I think they went pretty far out on that one.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN MUSIC?
I started playing the drums when I was like ten, and then I saw School Of Rock and switched over to guitar after seeing that, because I thought it was cooler than the drums. I played and a bunch of my friends also got into it and there were a bunch of other bands that played at our school. There's a really supportive music community in Oakland.
HOW DID PINK SKIES START OFF?
It was never meant to be its own project, I just recorded a bunch of songs and half of them ended up on a Fever Charm album. The other half was released as Pink Skies, but I was just making the songs just for fun. I had no idea I was gonna release it until most of it was already done.
WHAT MAKES YOUR MUSIC DIFFERENT THAN OTHER THINGS YOU HEAR NOWADAYS?
I think it’s different because I try and keep my blinds closed. You know when horses are racing and they can’t see the horse next to them. I don’t like to focus on what's ‘cool’ or ‘trendy.’
INSPIRATION + INFLUENCES?
I think a lot of inspiration I draw from living. I don’t like being in the studio for too long. I feel like I have to go out and do things and have experiences and try to do as many things as possible to try and draw from those experiences. Although right now I think I’m being more inspired by things that are happening in the world that I’m not necessarily agreeing with. I think artists that influence me a lot, definitely the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, I think they’re the coolest band in the world. I do aspire to be like them in a lot of ways. I’d also say Pharrell since he’s so original and he’s been around for so long, always tries new things, and doesn’t stay in his own box. I also really like Chaz Bundick, Toro y Moi, I think he has a really cool ability to make things that are completely different. He just combines so many cool styles of music, I don’t know how he does it.
HAS BEING FROM THE BAY AREA INFLUENCED YOUR TUNES AT ALL?
Absolutely! In so many ways! That’s how we got good at playing, by playing so many shows throughout the Bay. We played a show in the Bay once a month at least for seven years. All the other bands in the Bay Area were really inspiring and definitely helped shape our sound and songwriting. Bands like Green Day and Rancid were a big deal to us back in the day. The Bay Area is pretty cool because of the collision of two huge styles, punk and rap. Those two styles of music are so bold and extreme and they don’t give a fuck. I definitely think I took a lot away from those two. The Bay is kind of its own thing, everyone's just kind of doing their own thing.