Vardaan Arora

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Vardaan Arora
Born (1992-04-22) April 22, 1992 (age 30)
New Delhi, India
🏳️ NationalityIndian
🎓 Alma materThe British School, New Delhi
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
💼 Occupation
Musician, actor

Vardaan Arora (born April 22, 1992) is an Indian recording artist, songwriter, and actor based in New York.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vardaan Arora was born in New Delhi, India.[2] After attending The British School in New Delhi, he went on to study theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[3]

Career[edit]

Vardaan Arora's introduction to the pop music scene happened with his debut single, "Feel Good Song", in 2016. The song, written by Arora himself, charted on Spotify's Viral 50.[4] In 2018, following the release of his single What If, Arora was named one of Billboard's 12 LGBTQ Musicians to Discover During Pride Month alongside up and coming openly queer acts such as Jesse Saint John, Zolita, REYNA, and others.[5] Arora most recently released singles "January" and "thirty under thirty" in 2019. He co-penned the tracks with songwriter Natalia Lalwani, who is also originally from India.[6][7][8]

As an actor, Vardaan Arora was to appear on Netflix's psychological thriller Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts.[3][9]

Arora has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community,[10] and has also been open about his struggles with obsessive–compulsive disorder[1] in order to gather more awareness about mental health issues.

In 2019, Arora was cast in the film Wrong Turn.[11]

In August 2020, Arora released his debut EP, Heartbreak On The Dance Floor. Arora told Billboard, "I think I went into this industry pretty blindly, and because of that, I was still figuring out who I was as an artist for those four years...I'm aiming to make a big impact — I want to make a statement with this."[12] Billboard wrote, "It's clear that Arora succeeded: the pure synth-pop he delivers on Heartbreak is some of his best yet, all packaged within the cohesive confines of a well-defined '80s aesthetic."[12] The music video for the title track was featured in Rolling Stone who wrote, "Arora explores confidence, anxiety, sexiness, self-doubt and aims to portray that all these emotions can co-exist. Diving into glimmering pop that swivels every now and then, Arora has a handle on catchy pop that still places the most importance on emotive melodies."[13]

Discography[edit]

Extended Plays[edit]

Title Details
Heartbreak on the Dance Floor[14]
  • Released: August 21, 2020
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital Download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"I Don't Wanna Know" (featuring MRSHLL) 2020 Heartbreak on the Dance Floor
"Imposter Syndrome"[15] 2020 Heartbreak on the Dance Floor
"Rare"[16] 2020 Heartbreak on the Dance Floor
"Drama" (featuring nicopop)[17] 2020 Non-album singles
"Famous" 2019
"thirty under thirty" 2019
"january"[18] 2019
"Dance Like You"[19] 2018
"What If" 2018
"Like A Polaroid" 2017
"Poison" 2017
"Just Like That" 2016
"Feel Good Song"[20] 2016

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Meet Vardaan Arora, The India-Born Singer Calling for Queer South Asian Representation in Music". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  2. "Vardaan Arora strikes a pose in 'Like a Polaroid' music video". AXS. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Vardaan Arora Talks Queer, Brown Representation and Staying Unapologetic". www.intomore.com. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  4. "Vardaan Arora on His Infectious Pop Music & Growing Up Gay and Indian". www.pride.com. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  5. "12 Musicians to Discover During LGBTQ Pride Month". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  6. "Vardaan Arora Ditches Anxiety, Embraces Love On Upbeat New Song 'January': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  7. "Listen to Vardaan Arora's reflective synthpop single thirty under thirty". Gay Times. 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  8. "Vardaan Arora drops new single "january"". veylex. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  9. Gypsy, retrieved 2019-08-16
  10. "Vardaan Arora on growing up gay in India and how it's influenced him as an artist". Gay Times. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  11. Wrong Turn, retrieved 2019-09-09
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Vardaan Arora Breaks Down His Debut EP 'Heartbreak On the Dance Floor' Track-By-Track". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  13. "Vardaan Arora Goes to Prom All Alone in 'Heartbreak On The Dance Floor' Video -". 2020-08-26. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  14. HEARTBREAK ON THE DANCE FLOOR, retrieved 2020-10-26
  15. "Vardaan Arora launches new EP with infectious dance banger Imposter Syndrome". GAY TIMES. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  16. "Vardaan Arora unveils 80s-inspired cover of Rare by Selena Gomez". GAY TIMES. 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  17. "Vardaan Arora & Nicopop Are Ready for a Messy Valentine's Day Full of 'Drama': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  18. "Vardaan Arora Ditches Anxiety, Embraces Love On Upbeat New Song 'January': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  19. "Vardaan Arora on growing up gay in India and how it's influenced him as an artist". GAY TIMES. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  20. "Vardaan Arora is celebrating a confident new chapter with his triumphant debut EP". GAY TIMES. 2020-08-25. Retrieved 2020-10-26.


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