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INTERVIEW: Rosi Golan

Hi Rosi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS!! I have been great, thanks. 🙂 So excited to finally be sharing new music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Underneath”?

“Underneath” was one of the first songs I wrote with Madi Diaz and Kevin Seaton (my producer) and it solidified the new direction I felt myself going in. I felt like I really connected to the forward motion and driving feeling in the song. It’s what I’m doing now, moving forward.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

When we wrote it we were just talking about that feeling of being lonely next to someone – it’s a very isolating feeling, and I think it’s something we can all relate to, whether you’re with a partner you’re having problems with or even spending time with family you don’t really connect to.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES!! I am SO excited about this video. I think it really connects to fighting through the feeling portrayed in this song. The video will be out shortly after the single comes out this Friday, May 19.

The single comes off your new album Collecting Bullets – what’s the story behind the title?

I wrote the song “Collecting Bullets” a few years ago with my good friend Richard Harris. When we wrote it, I knew I loved this song but between writing that one and the rest of the record, a lot of space, travel and time happened. In the end I came back to it because the title and feeling made so much sense to me in retrospect. It took me longer than usual to collect the songs on the album, because I was trying to really make something different to what I have done before. In the end, I realized I was “collecting bullets” (songs) along the way, before I could “load the gun” (record the record), ha!

How was the recording and writing process?

This process was very different to any other record I’ve made. It took me a lot longer to write these songs, because I went through a period of time when I stopped writing. I was feeling stuck. I think it’s pretty common, but it’s still scary when it happens. For me, travel has always cured that situation, so I moved to Paris for a while, but would come to Los Angeles and write for a few weeks at a time.

In the past I’ve always made organically produced records; I’d be in the studio for a few months with a producer and a cast of musicians playing everything live. This time, it was all on producer Kevin Seaton creating tracks. It took some getting used to, but eventually I was able to step back and let him do his thing and in the end I love what we made.

What made you want to seek for a new direction?

I grew up listening to pop a lot more than folk, yet somehow I ended up in “folk” categories all the time when I started making records. This time, I really felt like I had exhausted that sound for the moment and wanted to make something that felt different. I’m always craving change and forward motion and needed to reflect that musically.

You brought some special guests on this record – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

I did! I’ve been a fan of Madi Diaz for a long time. We’ve known each other for years, and everyone kept telling us we should collaborate. It finally happened one day and it was pretty amazing! We realized quickly that we work really well together. She sang harmonies on the album as well as a feature on a song we wrote called “OMG.” I also collaborated with Greg Laswell on a song called “Don’t You Dare” (which he co-produced). Greg took me out on my first tour a long time ago and we have been friends since. I was excited to finally get to work with him.

What role did Paris play on the writing of this record?

Paris played the role of waking me up again. I was feeling pretty stale in New York. I love New York so much and it was my home for 15 years, but that city wares you out. French is my first language and I have a lot of family in Paris so I thought I’d go on an adventure. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s like walking around in a postcard 24/7. Paris re-inspired me to let my mind wander – just sitting around writing ideas and lyrics without music attached.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

In general I’m no good at writing things I can’t relate to, so all of these songs are definitely relationship related, whether it be romantic relationships, friendships or other kinds. The songs may not necessarily reflect what was going on at the time, rather what I processed looking back on certain situations.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! I have some shows coming up in June 2017:

June 17 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2

June 18 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

June 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café

June 20 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe

What else is happening next in Rosi Golan’s world?

Next I will probably make a second music video for this record and hopefully do a bunch of touring. I miss playing live when I’m not doing it. I have another little something up my sleeve for later in the year as well, but I can’t tell you about that quite yet…

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