Arjan Vlog: Introducing the Cherrytree Pop Chop Minute

A few weeks ago, I teamed up with Cherrytree Records to start producing some really cool video content to cover exciting new pop alternative music. We are premiering the very first results of our effort this week on the Cherrytree Records web site.

The first web show we are debuting is the "Cherrytree Pop Chop Minute with Arjan Writes," a really fun and really fast series of video interviews that are each no longer than one minute (you'll be surprised though to see how much information you can put into one minute with a clever edit.) It all starts tomorrow at 12 noon PST on

Artists featured on the Pop Chop Minute this week are Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless (Tuesday), GRAMMY Award-winning duo La Roux (Wednesday), M.I.A. protege Rye Rye (Thursday) and the genre-slaying Jared Evan on Friday.

Can't wait to finally share all of the interviews with you! Watch, share and give it your thumbs up if you like.

March 7, 2011 in Arjan, Cherrytree Records | Permalink

Arjan Writes and Announce "Cherrytree Pop Chop with Arjan" Show


(Find below an official statement about my creative partnership with Cherrytree Records that was announced today. I'm thrilled about this collaboration that will bring exciting new content about the pop alternative acts you love and that I've have been blogging about for years. Read on for all the details.) has invited music blogger Arjan Writes to join its buzzing community of pop enthusiasts for a very exciting new collaboration. Arjan and Cherrytree will be launching a new program called "Cherrytree Pop Chop with Arjan:" a new series of face-to-face video interviews hosted by Arjan and featured on

Arjan will be choppin' it up with both Cherrytree Records and non-Cherrytree Records recording artists in an intimate fashion about their art and process of working. In addition, Arjan will be hosting special Cherrytree TV features as a roving reporter at concerts and musical events. 

Arjan Writes, who was the first blogger to be officially recognized by NARAS &, hosts one of the most popular pop blog sites on the internet in which has been tipping off its readers about exciting new pop music since 2002. is a broad pop alternative Web destination and home to original and exclusive programming from maverick artists such as Feist, Sting, La Roux, Far East Movement, Tokio Hotel and Robyn as well as host to the 24/7 radio station, Your Pop Alternative. 

"Cherrytree Pop Chop with Arjan" will provide an inside look at pop alternative music and the talented artists and producers that make it.

"Like, I share a deep passion for pop alternative music," commented Arjan. "While continuing my independent reporting with an unbiased point of view, the creative partnership with will be an innovative way to provide more pop fans with unique online programming to highlight pop alternative music regardless of label and affiliation." 

Martin Kierszenbaum, founder and Chairman of Cherrytree Records and Chief Editor of, added: "As Cherrytree Records is a progressive pop imprint with a top notch roster of creative, boundary-pushing artists, is an inclusive, pop alternative Web destination and social networking hub for music lovers. Arjan's inclusive reporting in conjunction with our other across-the-board editorial contributions will further our goal to broaden the music coverage on our site for members of our community - our "Rec'ers" - as well as music fans the world over.

January 18, 2011 in Arjan | Permalink

Photos: Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae Hanging Proudly Together

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I spent some time at the Atlantic Records headquarters in New York City last week. Good to see all of their great talent prominently featured everywhere around the office, including my faves Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae who were hanging proudly together. Makes me hope that a collaboration will happen one day soon.

September 2, 2010 in Arjan, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae | Permalink

All You Can Dance Buffet - Saturday Will Be A Hot Mess!


On Saturday, I will be spinning a collection of sweet & crunchy tunes at Mary's "all you can dance" Hot Mess party in Atlanta. Will be a blast! If you're around, come on by and dance some. Good times, good people, superfraiche pop.

May 7, 2010 in Arjan | Permalink | Comments (0)

Honored & Grateful: Arjan On This Year's Coveted OUT 100 List


Somebody pinch me! I must be dreaming. This is so incredibly amazing. I almost have no words to describe how I feel.

The December issue of OUT Magazine hit newsstands today and features the publication's coveted OUT 100 List, the publication's annual list of the year's most influential gay and lesbian newsmakers and tastemakers.

I'm thrilled that I was selected on the list together with trail blazers like Adam Lambert, Wanda Sykes, Neil Patrick Harris, Dan Choi, Cyndi Lauper, Chaz Bono and Pedro Almodovar. (You can get the entire list here.)

I'm truly honored and grateful for this acknowledgment. It feels very special to be awarded for something that I love doing every day - sharing great new music - whether that is on this blog, through the Superfraiche live events, television or my upcoming new radio show. I simply do what I'm passionate about and to get honored for that in such a big way feels amazing.

Thank you very much to the entire OUT editorial team. Thank you also to Jason Bell for that fun photoshoot in Harlem (you made me look good!). And of course, thank you to all the readers of for coming back here every day and inspiring me to share and write. It means the world to me.


November 16, 2009 in Arjan | Permalink | Comments (5)