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In 2010, two friends from Wayland, Massachusetts came together to form a band that combined all of their musical interests, from rap to reggae, indie rock to pop. David von Mering and Carter Schultz, better known as Aer, haven’t looked back since.
After joining together in 2010, the Boston duo released their first mixtape Water On The Moon later that year, adding fuel to the fire with a follow up mixtape The Reach in 2011. As their fan base continued to grow, Aer produced a steady stream of new music, capitalizing on their early success with the release of their debut EP What You Need in late 2011. The EP landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart; their debut album would reach even greater heights.
With the release of their skillful debut album The Bright Side in 2012, Aer set the bar high with a slew of innovative and engaging songs fitting of summer sunshine and crashing waves. Fans and critics alike took notice, with the album earning the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Albums Chart and a spot on the Billboard Top 200. Music from the album appeared during NFL broadcasts, an Etnies advertisement featuring Ryan Scheckler and three episodes of MTV’s The Real World as the duo’s meteoric rise continued.
Following the success of The Bright Side, Aer began working on their self-titled sophomore effort in late 2012. David and Carter worked from their makeshift studio in Boston, along with a 10-day stint working in a rented house in Los Angeles, all with David at the production helm. The aim was to showcase a broader range of stylistic and tonal adaptability.
“We’re taken as a very fun, light, airy, bright band,” said Carter. “But we wanted to show our versatility and stray away from that a little bit with Aer. And we did that – it’s darker, more hip-hop and rawer.”
Their hard work paid off, with their self-titled second album, released in 2014, making waves across the industry. The album quickly found success, debuting at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200, with their single “Says She Loves Me” rising to No. 1 on Sirius XM’s “Alt Nation,” resulting in an album release tour that sold-out 90 percent of the venues visited across the country, including stops at major festivals such as Outside Lands, Bumbershoot Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and more. Even The New York Times took note, calling the album “slick” and “smart.”
With performances across North America and Europe with artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Slightly Stoopid, Action Bronson, Iggy Azalea, ASAP Rocky and Hoodie Allen, Aer’s presence in the music world has steadily grown, readying their fans for their third studio album, set for release later this summer. The album’s first single, “I Can’t Help It,” released May 18, 2015, is a good representation of Aer’s feel-good sound, one that has grown and matured alongside the duo.
With anticipation building for the new project, Aer is confident that their fans will notice a marked difference on their latest album. “This album has a whole new look and feel to what we’re doing,” said Carter. Added David, “It has songs that stick with you right away and songs that grow on you gradually. It’s our favorite Aer album yet!”