Arielle Free is a versatile artist with a unique résumé as a radio host, dancer, DJ, TV and festival presenter, and now producer. The self-proclaimed “short Scottish music nerd” loves any excuse to dance and play music, and over time, she’s ascended to perform at superclubs and festivals around the world like Printworks, Creamfields, Parklife, and Glastonbury. During the beginning of lockdown, the vivacious character started producing in addition to devising her own label and club night, Free Your Mind.
Growing up as a dancer, Arielle has been shaped by music her whole life and aims to build an atmosphere of euphoria with magnetic house tunes full of uplifting vocals. Over the past few years, the BBC Radio 1 host started finetuning her productions and played streams from her kitchen. “My neighbors definitely prefer me being on the road. It was actually a night of George Michael karaoke that led to a note under my door!” Now that she’s back touring, she recalls some of the trivial, everyday challenges like trying to find nutritious, fresh food in airports or standing on an extremely tall deck setup without any spare flight cases. Nevertheless, as her musical journey continues, she hopes to keep learning the craft of production and the piano. “If I can gain as much knowledge on musicality and how to perfectly make a groove that’ll get people raving on the dance floor, I’ll be happy.”
Arielle is proud that the electronic music scene in her hometown of Glasgow has always been so strong and bold. She reflects on how “The Arches was one of the finest clubs in the world and Sub Club continues to host the best gigs week in and week out. The crowds are so invested and energetic that they have a reputation for being one-of-a-kind. They love the rave.” Some fearless female artists she’d love to collaborate with in the future include the queen, Honey Dijon, as well as The Blessed Madonna, Chloe Robinson, LP Giobbi, Peggy Gou, and Meg Ward. In this ambitious industry, Arielle hopes to be known for giving people the best night of their lives, whether she’s on the decks or if it’s at one of her Free Your Mind parties. “If you don’t go home with a huge smile on your face and your feet aching, then I’ve not done my job properly.” Be sure to check out her latest remix of Gorgon City’s “Tell Me It’s True” out now on Amazon Music and support the bubbly artist now on Instagram and Beatport.