INTERVIEW: Carmen Rosa

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

Hi VENTS, thanks for having me! I’ve been really good thank you. Busy writing and putting together the EP, but it’s been a lot of fun.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love You Won’t Find Twice”?

“Love You Won’t Find Twice” is probably one of the most self reflective songs I’ve written. It was recorded live with James Kenosha and Rhodes on the piano and it feels very raw & honest. Sometimes our own insecurities and demons can get in the way of our personal relationships with people. The song is about trying to hold on to the good, simple times.

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

The song kind of came to me in one go and I wrote it very quickly. When I went to record the EP, I wasn’t sure I was going to have enough time to record “Love You Won’t Find Twice” but we quickly recorded a live version and it ended up being one of my favourites.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I haven’t made plans yet to record a music video, but I am going to record a live performance video.

The single comes off your new EP Little Treasures – what’s the story behind the title?

Little Treasures is a song I wrote a long time ago. I loved the song so much, but I always imagined somebody else singing it for some reason. Finally I realised that it was such a personal song, it really needed to be me singing it and I’m so glad I made that decision.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was so much fun. It felt like a very freeing experience as I had a lot of pent up creative energy. I was in my own world for those few days and it felt like we captured something special.

What was it like to work with James Kenosha and how did that relationship develop?

It’s amazing to work with James! He has such great energy and is very patient, so it makes the recording process very relaxing and natural. James and I had worked on a couple different projects for other artists in the past.

How much did he get to influence the album?

A couple of the songs weren’t completely finished yet when I had got to the studio to record the EP. But as soon as I got to James’s everything came together very quickly.

How your Latin roots influence your music?

I feel like I’m still yet to explore my Latin roots through my music and I will be doing that with future releases. I would like to incorporate more Latin influenced beats to the music. But I do feel like my roots influence my style and my visuals.

What role does London play in your writing?

London is my home and where all my life experience comes from. London is amazing, but it can be a hard place to live and I’ve had many highs and lows. I think that comes through in my writing.

What were some of the treasures you get to dig out on this record?

I felt like I really found my confidence on this EP and was able to express myself in ways I haven’t before. That felt like a treasure to me.

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

I’m quite a sensitive person and because of that I feel friends confide in me a lot. I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration as a result of these conversations and realising although we all feel things differently, most of us are just trying to get to a happy, positive place within ourselves. Sometimes I think I have a tendency to make things harder than they need to be.

Any plans to hit the road?

No concrete plans yet, but I would love to play some live shows soon. It is a dream of mine to do a South American tour.

What else is happening next in Carmen Rosa’s world?

I’ve been collaborating and writing with a lot of other artists, so there’s gonna be some great stuff coming out over the next few months. It feels like a very exciting time.

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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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