Rosie is a R&B/alternative artist based out of Oakland. Her style is a smooth mix of hip-hop and R&B that draws influences from her surroundings as well as her personal experiences. Her newest single “WWYD?” is a top-notch radio ready track that will blow listeners away. With her ambition and sound, there is no doubt you will be hearing more about Rosie in the future.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started song writing in elementary school, and I can't think of a time when I wasn't doing it. I took a long break during middle school and high school, but I decided to get back into it when I was eighteen. It started as poetry, but I couldn't stop the lines/lyrics from coming to me, and slowly melodies came with them. It was really a way for me to let out my emotions, and dig deeper into my own feelings, so my music has always reflected how I'm thinking and what's going on with me.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Wow, at my very first performance (tiny gig in Oakland), people had ordered pizza during the show, and it arrived during my set. Anyways, I guess it showed that I was a little nervous, and they started throwing pizza around, and yelling. It was totally traumatic, but knowing I could perform through that gave me more motivation to have confidence on stage. I learned a lot there, and I would never wish that experience on anyone else, but I am also grateful for it, because it made me a lot stronger.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I received over a thousand likes in a few hours on my very first music video, and that was like the coolest feeling. It was buzzing on Twitter, and it just made me feel like all my hard work had paid off. It was really a great experience, and having it be my first music video and do so well it's first week was a total boost.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I have no control, lyrics just come to me at random times. Honestly, I had to stop sex once to write down lyrics, but I will always make sure I jot them down, because I hate when I'm feeling something and then I lose it. Once I have a few cool lines coming to me I will try to organize it more, and get a song layout going, but once I add a beat things change and fall into place a bit more.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Getting heard, there is so much music being produced and released it's hard to find people who really care and want to listen, especially once they hear that I'm a newer artist.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Kehlani, because she seems so positive and it always looks like she's having a blast on stage. She's also an Oakland local, so that aspect would make it that much more personal. I've always been a fan of hers, and I think it would make for such a great learning experience.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I work a lot in the studio at my school, so it's just me going over my routine and song over and over again until it's all I think about. I really like to work hard, the more I can prepare and add stuff to my performance I do. I drink a lot of tea (with peppermint extract!!) before a show, and basically live off honey, anything to prevent a sore throat. I also do a lot of running the month before a show just to get my lungs ready and feeling strong before I have to perform. Since I've been working with a choreographer, the running really helps me be able to dance and sing without losing my breath.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Probably the song I'm working on now, it isn't released yet, but it explores some really confident phrases, and I'm always nervous to sound anything other than humble, but I'm just tired of worrying about how people perceive me. I want to put out music that tells how I really feel, and I think that's when it will be it's best too, so I'm looking forward to the release of this upcoming song.
What's coming up in the future?
Starting up with some shows in Oakland, so there will be dates for those posted on my website/instagram/facebook. Also I have some photoshoots coming up, I haven't posted many images of myself yet, so these photoshoots will be a fun way to release who I am. I wanted to be more low-key, and getting a break from posting photos of myself has been nice as I've worked on gaining confidence because I was able to work without the worry of too many judgments on me, but instead the focus was on my music.
Tell us where fans can access your music.