Q&A: Aaron Halford

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How would you describe your sound?
Drawing influence from artists like D’Angelo and Anderson .Paak. I’m trying to create an organic R&B/soul sound that withstands the test of time.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
My dad is a musician, so I great up around it constantly. Just about since the day I could walk I wanted to be a musician.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
I’ve been able to reconnect with friends from the past that I would have never expected to see again.

What are you listening to these days?

Mac Ayres, Lake Street Dive, Vulfpeck.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
The Fox and the Fillmore are my two favorites.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
The Mission (mexican food), West Portal (love the restaurant scene). The Haight for Amoeba and I’ll throw in Golden Gate Park’s conservatory of flowers as well.

What does music mean to you?
Music connects with my emotions the way the English language doesn’t alone. It takes me to a place where I feel not only at one with myself, but a lot of the outside world at the same time.

What inspires you to write?
Societal injustices, my life experiences with friends, family, women and general observations. Other music inspires me as well.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in the city and why?
Probably West Portal since it’s where I grew up. It has a special place in my heart (shouts out El Toreador).

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
That I’m white and 22 years old, maybe …

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
My instagram @aaronhalford

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.