This Saturday, SIMShows is bringing you the future sensation Unlike Pluto! Armond Arabshahi is a songwriter and producer from Atlanta who started his initial climb in the scene with his remix of Diplo’s “Revolution”, which has gained over 23 million plays on Soundcloud. 2015 was a solid year for the up-and-coming producer. After being included in Billboard’s “Dance Artists To Watch”, 2016 began prominently for Unlike Pluto – one can only imagine what else he has in store! I had the pleasure to ask him a few questions and get to know him better; not only did I learn about this dude’s laid back sense of humor, but our conversation also shows his strong passion for music.
SIM: How did it all start for you?
Armond: It all started when I was an infant! I always had a piano and guitar around me growing up, both consistently out of tune. When I was about 13 years old, I became obsessed with learning guitar – spent day and night learning, played until my fingers would bleed. I was in a TON of bands in high school – ranging from screamo to folk – I hope none of that music becomes re-surfaced, embarrassing. When I started college, I was tired of dealing with drummers, so I turned to electronic music!
SIM: Who is your biggest inspiration/who do you have mad respect for?
Armond: My biggest inspiration would have to be Daman Albarn from Blur & Gorillaz. EVERYTHING he touches turns to gold – he also isn’t afraid to be himself. I feel like at one point, Gorillaz could have made cookie-cutter tracks, but they didn’t, they stuck to their guns. I’m also inspired by Jazz (Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Artie Shaw), Classic Rock (Moody Blues, The Beatles of course, The Zombies, Beach Boys), and Emo/Hardcore (Underoath, As I Lay Dying, Chiodos, etc.).
SIM: How would you describe your style?
Armond: I don’t even know if I have a style, but people have told me my songs are dark, which I like! I honestly don’t even pay attention to what I’m making, whether or not it will do well in the EDM scene. I just make music.
SIM: What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
SIM: What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Armond: I have to name a few:
Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood & Feel Good Inc
System of a Down – Chop Suey & BYOB
Chevelle – Send The Pain Below
Chiodos – Baby You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek
Nirvana – Heart-shaped box
Deadmau5 – Jaded & Strobe
Justice – Let There Be Light
Incubus – (every single song they have ever made)
I could name a million.
SIM: What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Armond: I see a TON of DJ’s doing the same thing. It’s funny to see, because the emo/hardcore scene was exactly the same. This bubble will keep filling & filling, kids will make money, but then BOOOOMMM, bubble popped – irrelevance ensues. My advice is to be yourself, be weird, and be confident in what you make. DO YOU.
Be sure to catch Unlike Pluto turning The Loft into his own musical canvas this Saturday! Tickets are available here. And for more Unlike Pluto, check out his socials below!