Hi Karolina, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi. I’m doing well, thanks! It’s an exciting week prepping for my release parties and the EP coming out on the same day. How are you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Going To Berlin”?
The concept first came to me when I was hanging at the Russian baths in downtown Manhattan with a good friend discussing her growth and how much she’s changed. She had left an old love behind in Europe to move to NYC and fearlessly follow her dreams. She then, of course, went to Berlin…
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The story above sparked the concept and then it turned into this sort of anthemic thing where “going to Berlin” becomes a way of saying “oh, you missed out. I’ve moved on from this & blossomed. I’m doing my thing without you.”
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Maybe one day, not on the immediate agenda.
The single comes off your new album INVICTA – what’s the story behind the title?
Invicta is on the coat of arms of Warsaw, where my family is from, which also features a mermaid carrying a sword & shield. Invicta means “unconquered.” To me it just means an introduction to who I am, where I came from and that I’m still here. Pursuing music from nothing for me has been like battling and cutting through clouds of fear on a daily basis.
How was the recording and writing process?
Being in the writing process just makes me feel really alive, as does recording. I love it.
What was it like to work with Andros Rodriguez and how did that relationship develop?
Andros and I initially met on social media! I loved the fact he worked with some of my favorite artists such as Florence Welch, Shakira & Jewel. Working with him sort of felt like my eyes were opening wide to a moment I envisioned up to that point. I think he kept me on my toes and I am grateful for that journey together. He helped work with me to take these songs I had written on acoustic guitar and create a soundscape around them.
How much did he get to influence the album?
I’d say a lot because he fully produced the soundscape you hear.
What made you want to leave your big job at Wall Street for a musical career?
I didn’t want to leave, I had to. Pursuing music has been a gradual evolution for some time and at some point, I realized my thoughts were entirely consumed by music, so I felt I had no choice but to dive in and walk away.
How has your experience in the business and financial world influenced you as an artist and your music in general?
I actually did a lot of writing in my job. I had to write research reports about various investment opportunities.
I did a lot of “performing” too in the sense I had to lead a lot of interviews with portfolio managers and present my findings to the investment committee. Similar to how you are asking me questions, I was on your end asking them & taking copious notes 😀 I got to travel a bit to do that as well and met many interesting people.
What role does Brooklyn play in your music?
I moved to Brooklyn around when I became more serious about music. It felt like home, a comfortable place to pursue my art. It felt like, oh look, there are so many beautiful creatives all around here, it’s okay to do this that I am seeking. It enveloped me in strength.
What aspect of human strength and courage did you get to explore on this record?
Ok I said that last line before knowing the next question haha. Just living in your fear I guess, accepting it, embracing it, knowing it will never fully go away.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
It’s a mix of songs that had to do with my mindset at the time—changing careers & transitioning to a polar opposite pursuit, finding courage to pursue one’s calling/dreams/whatever name you want to give it (Crystal Gem, Going to Berlin), exploring the power of a new love (Move With Me, Love Crazy), attraction to the unknown (Downhill) and exploring dream-states (Goodnight, Mr. Moon).
What made you want to go for a darker direction with the music?
Oh you know you have to embrace darkness inside to fully feel the light.
How do you blend on the bright and hopeful themes with the gloomy music?
Haha! Well that question kind of rendered me speechless with a inquisitive smile on my face. I just feel both bright and gloomy are part of the human experience that we have to embrace every day. I guess I’m kind of manic in my mood swings. I can be so happy and so gloomy, sometimes on the same day. Acceptance is the only way to break through the emotion.
Any plans to hit the road?
Working on it 🙂 baby steps.
What else is happening next in Karolina Rose’s world?
I am nearing completion of EP#2 and starting to conceptualize the album visuals. I hope to travel around to as many of the radio stations I can that have been playing Invicta to thank them in person. I hope to also write as many songs as I can this year. I am hoping to do a trip to Europe as well. Lots of hope 🙂
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