RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST PHOENIX ROSE
Hi Phoenix, What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
It wasn’t really a decision as such, I was just born this way. Music has been in me since I was a child, I just knew I was meant to sing because it made me happy.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
My name is Phoenix Rose, formally known as Rachel Rose. I have been in the music industry for around 15 years, toured around the UK, performed at Glastonbury, Wembley, Hammersmith Apollo, and been on the TV a couple of times, the radio a few times, featured on a couple of musicals collaborations, went in another direction, wrote music for 3 feature films, acted in a couple of them too, lost my way for a while, rediscovered who I am and came back to life in the past 12 months with a new name, new sound, and new vision. I think that’s me in a nutshell :].
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Terribly if you compare me to someone like Ed Sheeran, but wondering if you look at what I’ve overcome to still be doing this. You’re right the industry will break your heart time and time and time again, but if you can hold onto why you started, and your love of what you do, the rest doesn’t need to matter. I lost my way, and nearly gave it all up, because I spent too long trying to make the industry love me, and all I had to do was keep singing and make sure that I loved myself.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
I think it’s a great idea to have spaces where music can be shared and reach other people and corners of the earth. Who knows, you may not be picked up in the UK but loved in another part of the world.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Hell yeh, living as a human is a conspiracy theory. We’ve been told we should work until we retire and die, after marrying and having children. We have been told that life has to be certain; we’ve been scar mongered into not breaking the mould or stepping out of our comfort zones. I could go on about this forever but yeah. I sign up haha.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your City?
If I’m truly honest, I’m so out of the loop. I’ve been in my little bubble writing music and getting ready to get back into the world. I had my first show this week after a year in hiding and it was so cool to be on stage again.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Trust your instincts. There is noise everywhere, people telling you what to do, who to be, what to write, what to wear, how to live, and if you are doing anything inauthentically, you will break. You have to do it because you love it, and you have to be proud to have your name on it!
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
I bought into a lot of bullshit… LOL no I’m kidding… well half kidding. I don’t think so actually. I was more of a ‘throw everything away and start again’ kind of girl.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Hmm… oh wow, I’ve had to stop singing because I’ve forgotten the words or we’re playing the wrong thing with the band, but I actually breeze through that these days. People love realness. It’s probably just when you go to a gig and you sing to the bar staff, no humans at all! Ahh those were the days.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I’m socially anxious and really sensitive. I come across confident because I am in a lot of areas, but I get freaked out in social situations and I am a very emotional being.
No, I believe it all has happened as it’s supposed to.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Hey alien, I sing songs. My songs are all from my heart, a place of emotions, feelings, experiences, learning, and wanting to connect with people. Think ET but instead of a phone I use music.
What makes you stand out as a artist?
I’m no longer afraid to share my truth, the truth of being a woman, a human, my emotions, my faults, my failings, my growth, and my lessons. Life isn’t perfect, and I don’t intend on pretending it is, but I’m also not here to say it’s awful either. I am speaking to you, you directly, because I know part of my story is part of yours.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes, I am about to release a new single called The Thing About Love which is about the life lessons I have experienced about love. I used to hate love, I was single for a long time, I thought love was the enemy. I have recently learned it’s not love that is the issue, it’s all the pain and trauma I linked to love that hurt.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.
What was beautiful was there was no thought process. It was a flow, a story, a conversation. I just wanted to be truthful.
What was the recording process like?
Really amazing. I wrote the EP with Jake Isaac and Kat Deal, both of whom pulled the best out of me in every way.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I was only using 60% of my voice, I had so much in me I hadn’t been brave enough to reach into for some time. Kat dragged it out of me.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world? The rest of the EP is coming out next month, and I hope you love it :].