“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Marc Von Em as a singer, but when I heard his original stuff I asked him to open up a 10,000 seat gig. Just him, his guitar, and his songs. He killed it!”
~ Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20, The Rob Thomas Band)
At a live show or on a record, performing an original song or a cover, RJ insists on being truthful with his audience. He doesn’t shrink away from his experiences with addiction, violence, conscience, and redemption. He takes his audience into some dark places, but he always emerges into the light to hit the open road, have a laugh and show some love.
That’s what drives Aris: the sound. His music echoes his surroundings and serves as a reminder of everything he’s seen and internalized along the way. He looks forward but is remarkably mindful of where he comes from and who has come before him.