Rozes is an up and coming pop artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who is making a big impact in the pop world. She began her domination of mainstream radio at the beginning of the year with her hit collaboration with popular EDM duo The Chainsmokers, “Roses,” which as of posting time sits at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beneath the hit however lies a singer whose music is personal and emotional, yet still extremely relatable. I had a chance to talk to Rozes about her upcoming EP Burn Wild, her reaction to the success of “Roses,” being an independent artist, why it’s okay to be emotional, and much more.
“Everyone should know that it’s okay to feel something. Whether it’s good or bad, let yourself feel it because that’s how you get through things” – Rozes
By James Boss
Babetalk: For those who don’t know who you are, would you be able to introduce yourself?
Rozes: I’m Rozes; the girl behind The Chainsmokers’ hit song “Roses.” I’m deeply emotional; I’m a lot deeper than “Smoking a little weed on the couch in the bathroom.” *laughs*.
BT: You recently announced your upcoming EP Burn Wild, to be released February 14th. However, several of the songs off of the EP have been already released. What has the reaction been like towards those songs so far?
Rozes: I’ve gotten a huge reaction from “Everything,” which was the first song I released as Rozes. It was kind of my debut as an artist and the electronic pop that I am. Then I released “Desirable,” which people also loved. People seem to be able to relate to that song because I’m a typical girl that goes through the typical stupid struggles everyone goes through. “R U Mine” is everyone’s favorite song so far. It’s also one of my favorites for sure. People are still talking about it. We then released “Fragile,” which is my personal favorite. People who tend to be emotional say it’s their favorite too because the song is basically me opening up and saying that I am not as strong as I seem to be. The newest song is “Burn Wild,” which also seems to be having a good reception so far.
BT: What was the recording and writing process like for this EP?
Rozes: It’s been a really long process to be honest. I wrote the first song that we released, “Everything,” about 2-3 years ago. It’s about a break up with a specific guy. All of my songs always stem from personal experience. I’m never going to write about something that I don’t know and I have never experienced. I don’t want to give people false advertisements and false hope. As far as the songwriting process goes, I write a song and then I usually send it to whoever. This can be my manager, my producer/mixer Ian Walsh, or a few others. They’ll be like “Oh we love this! We have to do something with this!” and they will help me get it to sound the way I want it to sound. I already have the full song written but they will help me construct it. They really get my vision. After that I go to the studio and record. It’s very time consuming but it’s worth it in the end.
BT: What are some of your lyrical inspirations on the EP?
Rozes: Like I said before, they are all based on personal experiences. They are things that people can pick up on and be like “Wow, this has happened to me.” They are things that are real and not exaggerated. When I had written “Fragile,” I was going through a really bad depression and that song was the only way I could speak. I felt broken. I felt fragile. I felt that I was falling into the arms of the wrong people. That’s where those lyrics comes from, such as “Cause promises are full of shit, forever’s always so short-lived.” My lyrics come from my emotions. It’s all very personal. Every song that I have, when I sing it I see a specific thing that’s happened in mind.
BT: That must lead to some emotional moments when performing the songs then.
Rozes: It does! It’s very emotional! When I sing at shows, I go through all of the emotions again so I am deeply emotionally tired after shows. It’s like me opening and reading my diary in front of the world. I just vowed to do that. I vowed to be that vulnerable person, but it gets very tiring.
BT: Was it a scary thing at first to open up to complete strangers on stage?
Rozes: See I’ve always been kind of an outcast, so when I started opening up I was like “Okay, what could possibly happen to me? How can my emotions not be relatable? How can people not feel the way I do? There has to someone out there, even if it’s at least one person, who understands what I am feeling.”
BT: There have been people who have been able to connect with that I’m assuming?
Rozes: Yes! The biggest reward is seeing people tweet my lyrics because they are going through that. When people tweet lyrics because you want that artist to see it or even if you just tweet it for yourself, I love seeing it because it means to me that’s how they felt in that moment and they were able to use my words to help them
BT: On a different topic, a lot of people are starting to learn about you because of your current hit single with The Chainsmokers, “Roses,” which is as of this interview in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 10 of the iTunes singles charts. What was your reaction to the song blowing up seemingly out of nowhere?
Rozes: It’s really funny because when Alex and Drew of The Chainsmokers and I had written it, we were just chilling in Drew’s apartment in New York City and we didn’t think beyond the fact that it was just an awesome jam. We didn’t think that it would be huge on the radio, we just thought of “Roses” as a song that people would smoke weed to. All of a sudden it just started blowing up and snowballing. Columbia started loving the song promoting it more and then it ended up the radio. I don’t think it’s sunk in for me. I don’t think it’s sunk in for them either. On Snapchat I’ll see them Snapchatting the song and then I’ll be Snapchatting the song. Whenever it comes on my heart kind of drops. It’s like “Is this song really on or did I accidentally press play on my iPod?” It’s been an unreal experience.
BT: One of the most notable things about the song’s success is the fact that you are still an unsigned artist. Do you think that this song getting big with an unsigned artist on it can start a shift on how to make yourself known in the industry?
Rozes: I certainly hope so. It’s definitely unique to be unsigned and be in the top 15 of the Billboard charts. I’m just an independent person and I sometimes wonder if people even know I’m unsigned. I think it’s getting me out there because I am getting a lot of attention and people are coming to me. It’s nothing I would have ever expected to happen. I never thought I would be on the radio before I got signed.
BT: What’s the biggest lesson you have learned in the music industry so far?
Rozes: The biggest lesson that I have learned is to not wait around for anything. The ball is going to roll and whoever is going to jump on your boat is going to jump on. If people don’t, you just need to keep going. The biggest thing I think is that a lot of artists don’t make it because they give up and they are sick of waiting. It just takes patience and persistence. You just need to know that this is what you want to do.
BT: What milestones do you hope to achieve for 2016?
Rozes: I definitely hope to have my own song on the radio without a feature. As much as I love featuring and as much as I love The Chainsmokers and all that they have done for me, I would really like my solo career to take off as Rozes. That’s my number one goal for this year.
BT: What is the message you want people to take away from your music?
Rozes: Always, always, always say that it’s okay to be emotional. If you’re crying, don’t let your friend say, “Aww don’t cry” because you can. You have the right to emotion. You have the right to feel. If that’s what your body is telling you to do, that’s what you should do. Everyone should know that it’s okay to feel something. Whether it’s good or bad, let yourself feel it because that’s how you get through things.
BT: What is next for Rozes?
Rozes: I have some festivals coming up. I’ll be doing a lot of shows. I’ll be doing some touring. I’m going to be doing a lot of writing in New York and Los Angeles. I’ll still be doing shows with The Chainsmokers. It’s really just a lot of writing and keeping the momentum going.
BT: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything else you want to say before I go?
Rozes: Thank you! Pre-order my new EP Burn Wild on iTunes!
Last modified: January 26, 2016