Aaron Dalla Villa is an actor and musical artist who just released a new song entitled “Conspiracy,” which has amassed over 13,000 streams in Spotify.
Aaron hails from Virginia and studied at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, where he started his career as a dancer. Later switching to music-making and acting, Aaron moved to New York City and found work on stage and screen. He has since won awards for his acting work. With the onset of COVID-19, he decided to focus on music and use the quarantine lockdown as an opportunity to be creative.
Aaron recently discussed his career via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you initially get into studying the arts, and why did you initially focus on dancing? Also, what kind of dancing?
Aaron Dalla Villa (ADV): My first introduction to the arts was after witnessing my first, middle school band concert. I was enraptured by the orchestra’s sound and immediately hunted down the music director and said, “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!” Soon after, I joined the jazz band and fell in love with the tenor saxophone. The warmth and boom of the golden painted, vibrating brass was intoxicating. While studying music, my two younger sisters were dancing on the competition team of a local studio. I was always a big fan of hip hop and could “breakdance” – I use quotes because I only knew one move, and yet, that move somehow catapulted me into local fame at the middle and high schools I attended. When school dances would take place, I was sought out to entertain, and I, quite frankly, loved every minute of it. Anyway, my mom saw me practicing my hip hop move and suggested to the dance studio owner that I should start taking classes with the hopes that I could join the competition dance team like my sisters. I accepted but denied taking any ballet classes. At the time, ballet was seen as a feminine thing to do, and my father wasn’t very supportive of the decision to have me join the dance team in the first place; nonetheless, I joined the team as a hip-hop dancer and was eventually coaxed into taking my first ballet class. I FELL IN LOVE. Due to my passion for the art form, I quickly rose in the ranks at the studio and then received a place in the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts, a high school training program for young artists. Due to my small stature, I was placed in music, but my heart was truly in dance. I begged to be switched into the dance program after one semester in music and was finally granted my wish. Since then, I’ve trained in classical ballet, hip hop, modern, jazz, street, partnering, and contemporary. I find beauty and appreciation in all forms of dance and have immense respect for those who pursue that particular craft. The language of dance is ingrained in my body forever, and I will never forget it.
MM: How did you get into acting, and did you prefer the stage or screen more?
ADV: Following up on my passion for dance, sometimes the extreme of such can turn into injury, and that is exactly what happened to me. I consider myself a go-getter, and I have a very “push through it” mentality. That mentality got the best of me after I came down with a bad case of the shin splints. It was so bad that I had to walk around in an air cast. After pursuing employment with several dance companies across the country, all while pushing through the pain from the shin splints, I was given an opportunity to dance with a highly regarded company in Chicago, IL. However, I received the call the day after I went on a drug and alcohol-fueled bender with my friend and restaurant manager at the time, which led to a sprained ankle after hopping a CTA subway turnstile. Classy. I will admit that I was quite reckless at the ripe age of 20, haha, and thus I’m extremely grateful to be alive and for my sobriety today. Back to the point, unable to accept the immediate company position being offered to me due to my fresh injury, I walked home with my tail between my legs and slumped onto my bed. What do I do? What do I do? I thought. Ding! Lightbulb. F*CK IT! I’LL ACT! With this newfound energy, I jumped onto the computer and sought acting employment from the most reliable source I knew of at the time…CRAIGSLIST. I began auditioning for anything and everything and found my first job in a God-awful dinner theatre show. I’ll spare the name of said show, but rather leave the review article at the bottom of this paragraph if you’d like to know. It was also my first acting review, and a positive one to boot! The rest is truly history. I’ve had a blast working in all kinds of mediums and am excited about the future of my career. And speaking of mediums to work in, I find joy in all of them. If I could compare them to sports, which I also enjoy: Stage is like soccer. Film is like football. Voiceover is like tennis (and the anonymity and being able to wear whatever clothes you want while doing it, is much appreciated). All these mediums have their place in my career, and I welcome the fluctuations between them. If I’m meant to do a specific project, regardless of the medium, then I’m meant to do it.
MM: How did you get into singing, and do you create your lyrics or melodies first?
ADV: Oooh, good question! I’ve always hated my singing voice! Maybe from some weird childhood trauma or something where I was singing freely, someone told me I was “bad” or “shut up.” I’m honestly still getting over that, quite frankly, STUPID fear! Taking a leap of faith and choosing to make my own music has allowed me to build my self-confidence and affirm my singing/rapping talents. When it comes to the creation of the music itself, I tend to hear the music, or beat, first and then write. In dance, I always moved to the music, so the same follows for my creation of music. However, there are times where I hear the music in my head, and I just have to write it down — those times can come at any hour of the night, so I always have my phone or paper pad ready for that invitation from the divine.
MM: How have you gone about promoting your music?
ADV: By promoting my music on all music platforms, YouTube, IG, TikTok, and professional promoters, publicists, press, blogs, playlist push, submit hub, MPE, you name it. If it’s an organic avenue worth trying, I’ll give it a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
MM: What fan feedback has been most memorable, and why?
ADV: Over the course of my young career, the biggest things with the most memorable impacts are the little things. Such as the DM’s from people on social media who I happened to inspire or help through hard times, years ago. Their kind words touch my heart and inspire me to keep moving forward when faced with crises and hardships. It’s not the red carpets, the premieres, the awards, the glitz, the glam, or any of that. It’s someone telling me, “Hey Aaron, I wanted to thank you for helping me through this. You inspired me to do this. Because of you, I’m still pursuing this…” etc. The older I get, the more I find that life is truly about helping others.
MM: How do you want your career to evolve over the coming years, and what’s coming up next for you?
ADV: If you’re going to do something, go ALL THE WAY. A-list. Hollywood. Billboard Top 100. Broadway. National radio commercials. Voice acting and MOCAP for major studios. Why not? That’s how I want my career to evolve. Straight to the top. Up next, I have three feature films in post-production, the biggest ones I’ve done yet. You can find two of them on my IMDb. The third is a secret…hehe. Besides those, I have lead roles in three feature films in development, a lead in an upcoming short film, several shorts films in post-production, three upcoming songs awaiting press releases, two songs in development, YouTube videos every week, a voiceover for a major clothing brand (set to be released next year), and an eight-episode web series titled TUCCI & JONES, based on my comedic character Tucci Badaducci (which I created most of the music for) that is expected to drop later this year on YouTube.
MM: Would you like to mention anything else?
ADV: Thank you for this opportunity to collaborate with your news outlet, and share my experiences with you. I want to also thank the reader for taking the time out of your busy day to read this. I’ve truly been blessed with a lot of gifts in my life, and I don’t take anything for granted. I’m going to continue using all my talents to the best of my ability each and every day.
Aaron’s official links are below.
IMDB – imdb.me/aarondallavilla
Website – http://aarondallavilla.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/aarondallavilla/?hl=en
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/aarondallavilla/