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INTERVIEW: May Rosa

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

Hi VENTS! I’ve been very well thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All The Ways”?

All The Ways is the first single off my EP Waxwork Sweetheart. It is about about having trouble leaving a relationship, regardless of running into the same problems time and again.

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

I wrote the song on reflection, after I was out of the relationship. It seemed like I’d gone round in circles with the person for a long time, hoping that they would change and that I would be the catalyst for this change. That just wasn’t the case and I knew that deep down. The whole thing was like a film on repeat; knowing the narrative like the back of my hand but continuing to watch and hope for a different outcome.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

David Lynch’s work is a big influence on my music and image, so I wanted to pay homage to him in the video. We aimed to create something surreal, dreamlike and performative, using a scene in Mulholland Drive as a rough template. In this scene, the lead characters sit in a theatre called Club Silencio. The host says that everything is an illusion, before a singer comes on stage and sings the Roy Orbison song ‘Crying’ in Spanish. She falls to the floor, while her vocals play on. The scene is one of the most beautiful I have seen.

The video shoot was so much fun and chilled out. We built a couple of Lynch-esque sets and my brother, Laurie, shot and directed it. We did it in my Mum’s kitchen in Belfast, which conveniently has a chequered floor…

Prior to shooting, I worked with an amazing contemporary dance choreographer (Courtney Barritt) to come up with a routine, so  this is interspersed throughout.

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

The EP is called Waxwork Sweetheart, after one of the songs from it. I think it encapsulates the dreamy synth sound and dramatic visuals that run through the EP.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote most of it alone on my keyboard, but collaborated with my friend Shane Beales on the title track. The songs all came really naturally. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted production wise, before going into the studio.

The production and recording process took about a year. I wanted to co-produce and record it in Belfast with Ryan McGroarty, so I went back and forth from London when I could. I had worked with him previously on my first single, Dancing in the Debris, and we communicated really well. We had so much craic getting lost in the synth void 🙂

How has Lana Del Rey and Kate Bush has influence your writing?

Both artists create a world for the listener to delve into…there is something surreal and dreamlike about their music, which I really connect with. I also love the storytelling aspect of the lyrics.

Kate has also taught me not to be afraid of writing meandering melodies, or using eclectic sounds. She is so unapologetically eccentric and extra. I love that.

What role does London play in your music?

I’ve lived in London on and off for 6 years so it makes sense that a lot of my lyrics are inspired by experiences that have happened here. I was in a band when I first moved over and last year I did a music MA in north-west London, meaning that I’ve always been surrounded by really ambitious, talented musicians in creative environments. This has definitely been influential to my growth as a writer.

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

All the songs are written from personal experience. Lyrically I wanted to tell the story, whilst conjuring up a clear visual landscape.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are working on it!

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

I am just about to release a video for the song Night Magic and then I’m back in the studio to record the next two singles 🙂 I’m working on the live show also.

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Facebook.com/MayRosaMusic

Instagram: @may_rosa_music

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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