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INTERVIEW: December Rose

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

I’ve been great! Thanks for including me in your magazine.

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

Sure thing! It had been nearly a year since I had last released music.   “Hanging On” was to come back with something fresh from a different angle for me.  In previous releases, the intentions both in writing and release were more commercial/radio, whereas with this single, it’s more geared for TV/Film.  Was something I had never quite explored so deliberately until now.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? How was the recording and writing process?

So all credit really has to go to Kevin Andreas (writing, producing).  I usually self-pen or co-write my material, but this time, I really wanted a fresh angle that would challenge my comfort zone as well as broaden my creative options.  Kevin and I skyped beforehand to get a feel for each other, artists I admire, productions I love, etc.  I was really open to newness, so I didn’t give him any strict parameters to work with.  He then sent me a demo of the song, I loved it, really resonated with me, and so I travelled to New York from Montreal to go and record it with him.  Kevin was such a cool guy to work with; really happy to have been given the chance to do so.  He gave me room to put my spin on the song and share ideas that would make the song feel personal, and that’s a freedom I can’t even really explain how much it means to be given.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

I don’t have any video plans for this single just yet.

How do you go on balancing your old school influences with the most modern approach? 

I think the best way I’ve been able to find balance is by catering to the real needs of the song at hand, and not putting so much energy into what’s “old vs new”.  I used to drive myself crazy worrying about staying up to date with sounds and such but not only did it absolutely kill the enjoyment in creating, but it still always put me behind.  What’s considered modern is really ever-changing, so it’s really difficult to always stay on the train.  That being said, for all the new music I’m working on, taking a step back to do what’s best for each song regardless of what was trending, allowed to create balance.  I gave myself permission to just create to make something beautiful instead of creating for a “purpose to sell”.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? 

Yes! I’ve spent all of 2018 creating new content, and will be starting to release in early 2019.

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

No specific date or title just yet.  Tossing around several ideas for these and haven’t quite made up my mind about them.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m looking into this seriously for some time towards the end of 2019.  Will be my first time hitting the road!

What else is happening next in December Rose’s world?

While finishing up some of the final stages of my new musical projects set to release in 2019, I’m keeping busy adjudicating award shows, and singing contests, latest being that promoting Jessie J’s Christmas album.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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