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INTERVIEW: Seoul based Canadian singer, actress, poet & burlesque performer ROCKY

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

I’ve been great! I’m really excited that “How Will I Know “ is finally out!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “How Will I Know”?

“How Will I Know” means so much to me, because it’s my first single, and because I’ve finally ended toxic patterns in my love life, and that’s partially what the song is about.

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

This single was inspired by the dating apocalypse that experts say we’re. I’ve dated the wrong people. My friends have too, and I started to ask myself why we let crappy situations last longer than they should. We ask the question: “Are they into me?” When the answer is quite clear based on their actions. So, I wrote a song about how to know when someone is really for us or when they’re not. Girls are taught that when a boy is mean to you, it means he likes you. That’s toxic af, and it’s something we have to unlearn as we get older. With this song, I’m positioning myself as a sis simply dishing out reminders.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We shot a video for it in September. It was directed and produced by Eunice Lee, and I’m so excited for everyone to see what we’ve cooked up.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was very smooth. Once I have a concept, words and melodies come to me very easily. I met Defnelson at a gig, and we’ve been producer & artist ever since. I recorded the song in his studio. He’s really patient, I’ll say that, because I’m hyper-critical of myself, and like to record again and again until I deem the sound “perfect.”

What role does Canada play in your music?

I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Montreal is a multicultural city, so I grew up listening to music from different countries. As a result, I love experimenting with different sounds. I’m of Cameroonian descent, so, of course,  I grew up listening to makossa. I have a song called Blackberry, and you can definitely feel my roots in that one. It’ll be part of the bigger project I’ll be releasing in 2020.

How does your upbringing influence your writing?

I was always encouraged to write and explore my creativity as a child. So, I was never caged by my family’s expectations when it came to career choice or hobbies. Freedom is a recurring theme in my writing, because I realize that not everyone is granted that same freedom. However, it’s everyone’s birthright. Also, my mom used to tell me Cameroon-based stories of magic growing up. I still believe in magic, and that comes across in my writing.

How has Billie Holiday and Macy Gray influence you as an artist?

Billie Holiday’s delivery taught me to put your all into your music and to tell a story with your voice. You can cry with your voice. You can laugh with it too. I love Macy Gray‘s voice. It’s so unique. Listening to her music now makes me feel nostalgic, because I used to sing her songs as a kid.

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

Yes, expect more music from me. We’re working on releasing the second single in the near future. It’s a fun song that challenges societal norms and encourages folks to dance to the beat of their own drum.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

In terms of the date, I’ll have to discuss with my tiny team and figure out when would be best. But it’ll be soon! The second single is called “Questions.”

Any plans to hit the road?

I currently live and perform in Seoul. I’d love to travel around Asia and perform—before I make my way back to North America. That’s something I’m going to be looking into.

What else is happening next in ROCKY’s world?

I’m performing on a U.S. military base here at the end of October, and I’ll be recording more songs. I perform every weekend in Seoul, so if any of you are ever in town, hit me up! Besides that, expect more singles before the release of the project in 2020.

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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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