CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Ari Rabin started composing music in the basement of his boarding school a few years ago. Then, he performed his songs to a few school friends. From there, he played for a larger group of classmates.
Before long, the 18-year-old Coral Springs native who is an Orthodox Jew had a nationwide following of his brand of music which he calls alternative pop, or “bedroom pop,” as in the kind of music made in your bedroom.
His first independently produced song “Give Love” had nearly 50,000 streams on Spotify, he said. Listen to the song here.
And combined with his other songs on Spotify, he said he’s got more than 110,000 streams. Hear his other music here.
This Sunday, he’ll release a new song called “Cool Kids.”
“People really responded to my music,” said Rabin, who goes by the musical name Alnev which means pseudonym in Hungarian. “There’s so much pain in the world and people need to know they’re not alone. That’s what I do in my music. I help people.”
He’s a self-taught piano and ukulele player with a burning determination to break out in the music industry with his unique fusion of pop and jazz and lyrics aimed at lifting people up.
Could Rabin be the next Matisyahu, an Orthodox Jewish reggae singer and rapper who, too, broke out in the industry?
Serious but quirky, the devout teenager who is one of five siblings has a Plan B if the music thing doesn’t work out. He’s now studying for the SAT college entrance test and hopes to attend college next year in Florida to study psychology and become a marriage and family counselor.
But with his growing popularity on music streaming services, Rabin said he is giving his music career everything he’s got right now, learning the basics of the music business and finding a way to record the best of his 62 songs on an album.
“Music is my life. No matter what I’ll do, it’ll always be part of me,” he said.
Since he was a child attending Hebrew Academy Community School in Margate, he said he was writing poetry and short stories.
By the time he attended high school at Bais Menachem in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., which is an alternative yeshiva for Jewish youth, he was composing music, using his technology skills to learn to play instruments and record songs.
"Ari is someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve," said Rabbi Yossi Goodman, the school's principal. "It shows in all the ways that he expresses himself, his speaking, his poetry and his music."
Before the coronavirus hit and forced him to return home to Coral Springs, Rabin went to New York City regularly and played on subway trains to practice performing in front of others.
He said he hopes his new song about the problems with materialism inspires his fans.
“My music helps people,” he said. “Hopefully this song will as well.”
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