V's Class of 2018: Porches

V's Class of 2018: Porches

The New York synth-pop singer is breaking out with a lot of music under his belt.

The New York synth-pop singer is breaking out with a lot of music under his belt.

Text: Staff

Aaron Maine, better known as synth-pop musician Porches, has been bubbling on the critics' radars for years now with two powerful and critically acclaimed albums under his belt. And having just released his third studio album The House last week, his star is about to blow up just that much more, making him a prime pick for our Class of 2018. The singer was presented as one of the first inductees of the Class last night, at our bash in partnership with Uniqlo U to celebrate the new Spring/Summer 2018 collection. For the occasion, the singer answered our questions about success, challenges, the industry, and more.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018? 

More energy, more wild recordings, more poetry, more face tattoos, more doing it yourself.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why? 

Keep writing.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it? 

I’m fortunate — I haven’t been dealt many challenges comparatively.  I’ve made sacrifices in many different areas of my life to afford the time to focus on my art.

How did you get your start?

Playing trumpet, then bass guitar, then Fruity Loops which I downloaded off Napster. Then in high school, when I got a laptop I got Garage Band and that’s when I started writing and recording my own songs.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness? 

Success is first making something that I believe is good, that often translates to something that resembles happiness.  If it is received well that feels good too. Though I think real happiness has more to do with being in good standing with myself and those around me.

When and where do you feel most creative?

In my room at my desk. Or having a coffee, or lying in my girlfriend's bed.

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person? 

I want to make a song with Rihanna. I want to make paintings with Torey Thornton. I want to choreograph a dance with Okay Kaya.

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10 years? 

Living in another country with my wife. Waking up at 5am to write.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)? 

Making these things that no one can take away from me. A big pile of precious things.

Porches wears Uniqlo U.
Credits: Photo by Tyrell Hampton. Casting by Harbinger Creative.

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