Aryes Shouts “No” From the Rooftops


Photo Credit: Gro Eli Eggen Opøyen

Now more than ever women are not backing down. Over the past few years, we’ve seen many women (and men for that matter) speak up and out against sexual assault. You’d think in 2017 we would live in a world where people understood that you cannot assault another human. Not the case.

We have miles to go on this journey but we’re taking big strides. Women marched around the world in January and proved we are going to grab back from here on out. Then you have women on the musical front like Aryes who are slaying with their anthem, “No Means No.”

A pop trio currently in the UK, Aryes weren’t ready to enter another year of the same regime. Knowing they had to put their foot down, they penned “No Means No” to showcase that they too will grab back. We talked about the single, overall girl power and much more with the three powerhouses that make up Aryes.

Kendra: Fate is something one either believes in or doesn’t but when it comes to you three, it’s hard to argue against it. We know you three were born in the same place around the same time, but when did you three actually meet and start making music together?

Aryes: The three of us met when we started in the same class in high school studying music together. We quickly became best friends because of our personalities and not long after we discovered the magic of harmonies. Right from that moment, we’ve experimented with our voices, with covers, writing lyrics together etc.. Upon the years both our friendship and harmonies has grown into something unique.

Kendra: I really like that each of you is unique in terms of a look. Which I feel is a necessity for a powerful trio be it Destiny’s Child or Josie and the Pussycats. Looks aside, what do you feel each of you bring musically to the group?

Aryes: Each of us has our own pitch of voice which blends very well together. A high pitch, low pitch and one in between. Also one of us can play the piano, one of us is a producer and one of us is a top liner. But we all write and come up with ideas together!

Kendra: We have to talk about “No Means No.” An anthem for an ongoing issue women face. Was it a personal or universal incident that inspired the track?

Aryes: Our goal was to write a feminist-inspired song that sheds light on the important topic of rape. This song was inspired by the expression “No matter what I wear, no matter where I go, yes means yes and No means No.” It was written with emotion and a wish of wanting to empower girls across the globe. We have the right to make our own individual choices about our bodies, our image, and our lives. Being polite, sweet or sexy is not an invitation, we need to stand together and demand the respect we deserve. “No Means No” is a song tributing the human right to be yourself!

Kendra: Being a group of strong females, how important do you feel it is that women continue to stick together in regards to well, just about everything that’s going on in the world?

Aryes: Women should empower one another. We may have been seen as the weaker sex for millions of years, but it’s a new era. Just look at how women globally joined forces in the #MeToo campaign, and see the power women have today compared to just a few years back. When women encourage and genuinely support one another, incredible things happen. It’s what this world needs more of. If we stand together no one can beat us.

Kendra: What’s can we expect from you in the coming months, the new year?

Aryes: 2018 is GIRL POWER!! We have used this year to build up our catalogue of great songs, so when January comes we’ll be serving banger after banger on a silver platter! Thanks to working with incredibly talented people – 2018 is gonna be our year!

Kendra: “No Means No” is definitely a feminist anthem but if you had to make a mixtape of other powerful women tracks, what five songs would have to be on it?

Aryes: This is a mix of the most powerful women tracks of today that has formed us both as women and artists as well as a group. We love strong women with attitude who supports other women. Let’s go!

Destiny’s Child – “Lose My Breath
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way
Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money (GTA Remix)
Fergie feat. Nicki Minaj – “You Already Know
Beyonce – “Run the World (Girls)

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