Ari Abdul & Isabel LaRosa

Ari Abdul & Isabel LaRosa

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Ari Abdul

Ari Abdul comes in with an emotion she wants the song to capture, Sometimes it’s one word or a melody; other times, it’s an atmospheric production. Music is like a second language to Abdul because growing up in Brooklyn, Abdul was surrounded by it. Her Ecuadorian mom listened to Latin albums, while her Costa Rican dad preferred classic rock. (He has some Palestinian lineage, which explains her last name.) Her older brothers, in contrast, were devotees of hip-hop and metal. Not surprisingly, today, Abdul lives and breathes music, as her social feeds — abundant in lip syncs and footage from other (and mostly punk) bands’ live shows — will attest. “I am a total fan girl,” admits Abdul, who’ll embark on her first tour this Fall. “I would spend most of my life camping outside of venues if I could, trying to see my favorite artists.”

Isabel LaRosa

Thomas LaRosa