Having just released her new single “Risk It All”, and currently working on a new EP, Aria Wunderland’s 2019 is proving to be pretty busy of late – not that she’s complaining. With musical inspiration stemming from the likes of Radiohead, Coldplay and Lorde among others, Aria is an indie pop artist who afraid to mix things up and put her own stamp on the world in her own way and she spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about the impact of social media, performance plans and her big ambitions for the future.

TITL: Which bands and artists were you most inspired or influenced by growing up and how, if at all, have those influences changed? How do they impact the music you make?  

Aria Wunderland: I initially fell in love with classical music as a small child and later started being influenced by pop, rock and hip hop music that was playing on the radio at the time. I’ve been heavily inspired by Radiohead, Kanye West, Fiona Apple, Coldplay. Most recently, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Juice Wrld, Lana Del Rey, to name a few.

TITL: Who or what most inspires or influences your song-writing and to your mind, which song might you say is the greatest ever written?

AW: I tend to get inspired through other avenues of art like film, paintings, plays, etc. When I’m experiencing writer’s block I usually go see a really good movie or spend the day at an art museum. Greatest song every written. That’s a tough one! I’d say maybe “Imagine” by John Lennon.

TITL: To what extent might you say your classical training has helped or hindered your career, and what advice would you give to anyone looking at undertaking such lessons/training like that?

AW: Classical training is great and serves its purpose, especially when your goal is to learn timeless pieces written by our great composers. You just have to be careful when song-writing pop music and not allow theory to make you over think what you’re doing. A lot of what we do is intuitive and thinking too much about the formula behind everything can hinder this.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “Risk It All” and what made you decide to release it as a single?

AW: Yes! “Risk It All” describes a passionate late night out and succumbing to all of your deepest desires. It’s about abandoning all concepts of time, social norms, personal inhibitions, responsibility, morality, etc.; just risking it all. I tend to get in my head and overthink decisions a lot. This song was written about being free and spontaneous and it was a sentiment I was recently really identifying with. When deciding which song to release next this one just made sense.

TITL: Have you been working on any new material lately? Any chance we can expect an EP or album from you in the near future?

AW: Yes, I am always working on new music! I have a new song I just wrote that I’m very excited about and it might be my next single! I have about 5 songs prepared for my EP so far so stay tuned as it should be put out before the end of this year!

TITL: As someone who is part of a very technology reliant industry, and society in general, do you think it’s possible for artists today to achieve success and earn a following without the likes of Spotify and social media? How have the likes of Twitter impacted your career and how much would you say you engage with fans on platforms like that?

AW: I think it’s certainly possible to achieve success without social media. Anything is possible but it would take longer and it would entail other means of marketing. I’m not an avid user of the Twitter platform. I do have a Twitter account but I tend to use Instagram and Spotify mostly. I am very thankful for these platforms as they have given me the autonomy to get my music out there and find fans that really like me and are enrolled in my brand.  

TITL: What’s the nicest/best thing someone has said/written about you so far? What would be the greatest compliment you could receive? How do you handle any more negative comments/press that comes your way?

AW: Someone recently praised my lyrical content and I was very honored to receive that type of compliment. I put a lot of thought into my lyrics and sometimes worry that no one’s actually paying attention. I would say the best compliment I could receive would be something related to my music helping someone or enhancing their life in some way. I would love to use my platform to help people in a meaningful way. Negative press is challenging. I try to focus on the people that actually love me and support me. Those are the people that matter and I’m so thankful for them.

TITL: Are there any tour dates lined up? Would you like to head over here and play in the UK?

AW: I would LOVE to play in the UK. I’ve been to London a few times and it’s one of my favorite cities. I’m planning a US bi-coastal tour first and depending on how that goes, I would love to do some dates overseas. 

TITL: If you could play any venue that you haven’t played yet, and have three bands or artists, past or present, for support, where would you play and who would you pick?

AW: I would love to play at Radio City Music Hall since it’s an iconic venue in Manhattan with an old New York feel. I’d ask Amy Winehouse, Tupac and Coldplay.

TITL: What does the rest of 2019 have in store for you? What are you goals for the coming months?

AW: I just filmed a music video that I’m in the process of editing. My short term goal is to release the video. For the rest of 2019 I plan to finish my EP, have a release party and get some dates for an upcoming tour.

TITL: Finally then, as an artist still considerably early into their career, what are your long-term ambitions? What’s on the bucket list and what would you have to achieve for you to look in the mirror and say “Wow..I made it”?

AW: My long term ambitions are to continue to make music and touch lives. I would like to grow my audience and while commercial success isn’t that important to me, I’d feel like I’ve made it if my fan base has grown enough for me to have a sold out international tour.

Check out “Risk It All” below and for more information on Aria Wunderland, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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The nominees for the 2019 MTV VMAs have been announced. Ariana Grande (10), Taylor Swift (10), Billie Eilish (9), and Lil Nas X (8) have the most nominations. Kanye West, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Solange, ROSALÍA, Drake, FKA twigs, Lizzo, BTS, J Balvin, Anderson .Paak, Lady Gaga, and more are also nominated. Find the full list of nominees below. This year’s VMAs will take place on August 26 and will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Video of the Year

21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Ariana Grande: thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Artist of the Year

Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Song of the Year

Drake: “In My Feelings”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist presented by Taco Bell

Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X

Best Collaboration

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita”
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. ft. Brendon Urie]
Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]

Push Artist of the Year

Billie Eilish

Best Pop

5 Seconds of Summer: “Easier”
Cardi B / Bruno Mars: “Please Me”
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Khalid: “Talk”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Hip-Hop

2 Chainz: “Rule the World”[ft. Ariana Grande]
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Cardi B: “Money”
DJ Khaled: “Higher” [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Travis Scott: “SICKO MODE” [ft. Drake]

Best R&B

Anderson .Paak: “Make It Better” [ft. Smokey Robinson]
Childish Gambino: “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R.: “Could’ve Been” [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Alicia Keys: “Raise a Man”
Ella Mai: “Trip”
Normani: “Waves” [ft. 6LACK]

Best K-Pop

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]
BLACKPINK: “Kill This Love”
Monsta X: “Who Do You Love” [ft. French Montana]
NCT 127: “Regular”
EXO: “Tempo”

Best Latin

Anuel AA / Karol G: “Secreto”
Bad Bunny: “MIA” [ft. Drake]
benny blanco / Tainy / Selena Gomez / J Balvin: “I Can’t Get Enough”
Daddy Yankee: “Con Calma” [ft. Snow]
Maluma: “Mala Mía”
ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]

Best Dance

The Chainsmokers: “Call You Mine” [ft. Bebe Rexha]
Clean Bandit: “Solo” [ft. Demi Lovato]
DJ Snake: “Taki Taki” [ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B]
David Guetta / Bebe Rexha / J Balvin: “Say My Name”
Marshmello / Bastille: “Happier”
Silk City / Dua Lipa: “Electricity”

Best Rock

The 1975: “Love It If We Made It”
Fall Out Boy: “Bishops Knife Trick”
Imagine Dragons: “Natural”
Lenny Kravitz: “Low”
Panic! At the Disco: “High Hopes”
twenty one pilots: “My Blood”

Video for Good

Halsey: “Nightmare”
The Killers: “Land of the Free”
Jamie N Commons / Skylar Grey: “Runaway Train” [ft. Gallant]
John Legend: “Preach”
Lil Dicky: “Earth”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Direction

Billie Eilish: “bad Guy” (dir. Dave Meyers)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (dir. Calmatic)
LSD: “No New Friends” (dir. Dano Cerny)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (dir. Drew Kirsch and Taylor Swift)

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish: “when the party’s over” (visual effects: Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (visual effects: Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)
Ariana Grande: “God is a woman” (visual effects: Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)
DJ Khaled: “Just Us” [ft. SZA] (visual effects: Sergii Mashevskyi)
LSD: “No New Friends” (visual effects: Ethan Chancer)
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (visual effects: Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)

Best Editing

Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (editing: Elias Talbot)
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (editing: Calmatic)
Billie Eilish: “bad guy” (editing: Billie Eilish)
Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (editing: Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)
Solange: “Almeda” (editing: Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (editing: Jarrett Fijal)

Best Art Direction

BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (art direction: JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))
Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (art direction: John Richoux)
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (art direction: Itaru Dela Vegas)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (art direction: Tatiana Van Sauter)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (art direction: Brittany Porter)
Kanye West / Lil Pump: “I Love It” [ft. Adele Givens] (art direction: Tino Schaedler)

Best Choreography

FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (choreography: Kelly Yvonne)
ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho] (choreography: Charm La’Donna)
LSD: “No New Friends” (choreography: Ryan Heffington)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (choreography: Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)
Solange: “Almeda” (choreography: Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (choreography: Rie Hata)

Best Cinematography

Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (cinematography: Elias Talbot)
Billie Eilish: “hostage” (cinematography: Pau Castejon)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (cinematography: Scott Cunningham)
Solange: “Almeda” (cinematography: Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (cinematography: Starr Whitesides)


Growing up in Israel, Moran discovered a love of music at an early age and set her sights on making her own mark on the music world and doing so HER way. In the last few years, Moran has honed her craft and been featured in several publications and reached a huge audience by appearing in and performing on an Israeli TV series. She’s also released several singles, earning herself a considerable following in the process. Her latest single “So Cruel” is one of her strongest and most personal to date, and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to give the song its premiere.

Asked about the creative process and story behind the track, Moran says:

“‘So Cruel’ was written not too long ago about an infatuation I had while I was traveling in the US. Its title is that gut feeling I was left with when it ended. When I sit down to write music it always goes in a straight line with whatever I am going through in life. It’s what inspired me and letting this song out helped me heal in a way, much like talking to a shrink. At the end of the day I just want to be true to myself and this is the only way I know how to write.”

Check out “So Cruel” below and for more information on Moran, give her page a like on Facebook, follow her on Instagram or subscribe to her YouTube channel.