A R I Z O N A are one biggest new artist success stories of the past few years. The New Jersey trio’s first-ever nationwide headline tour completely sold-out three months in advance, while their 2017, GALLERY, has been streamed over half a billion times globally.
That recorded featured acclaimed singles ‘Electric Touch,’ ‘Oceans Away,’ ‘I Was Wrong,’ ‘Cross My Mind’ and ‘Where I Wanna Be’, while two recently-released songs, ‘Summer Days’ and ‘Freaking Out’ arrived just ahead of their special guest support slot on Panic! At The Disco’s nationwide arena tour, which saw sold-out performances at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and LA’s Staples Center.
A R I Z O N A arrived in Las Vegas to make their Life Is Beautiful debut with the news that they have finally completed the follow up to GALLERY and, in this exclusive interview – which you can watch in full below – they also discussed their contribution to Avicii’s much-acclaimed posthumous album, Tim.
“I think one of the biggest ways this new album is different from GALLERY is that we dove very deep into it, so it took much longer than we wanted”, says vocalist Zachary Charles. “It’s been two years coming, though I guess the sophomore album is always a scary thing in the grand scheme of most band’s career, as you’re wondering how you top the first and raise the bar.
“In the end, the stuff we had that felt the most natural made the cut. When we listen to the masters now, it sounds cool. We’re happy and excited.”
“It was equally a challenge to work on the Avicii album, Tim”, adds keyboardist Dave Labuguen. “When we were tasked with finishing the song [‘Hold The Line’], in the forefront of our minds was honouring his legacy. But also we had to reconcile the fact that the song would probably never feel finished the way a regular record would. In the end, we felt we just had to be natural and do the very best we could.”