INTERVIEW: Neska Rose

*Hi Neska, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thank you! I’ve been really good and busy 🙂

*Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Familiar Traces”?

Familiar traces is a song I wrote in early-quarantine days, which is about the feeling of constant desire to fix other people. I used to have insane urges to do that, but eventually, I realized that before I could fix anyone, I should take care of myself and think about what’s really underneath this desire.

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

While this song is about the overall feeling of the need to fix others, there was an “event” I guess you could call it. I’m pretty sure that in quarantine, especially in the first few months, everyone was going through something in their heads and my twin sister was, whom I love very much, so that inspired me to write this song.

*How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Filming this video was so exciting! If you couldn’t tell, it actually takes place in our own dear home where we played around with different lights and shadows. I always pictured this video having some kind of choreography, because I wanted to present a visual tale, so I decided to give our pre-COVID dance teacher a call – Lisa Jay. She came over, being COVID safe obviously, and the dance was born on the spot. While I wanted some kind of movement involved, I wasn’t really looking for a conventional dance “routine”. The purpose of the movement was to portray the dynamic in that situation between me and my sister, Libi. Lisa understood that right away. She’s awesome!

*The single comes off your new album The Repel Of A Young Girl – what’s the story behind the title?

I never plan out my titles before writing songs, It’s actually the last thing I do. When I wrote “The Repel of a Young Girl”, the title came by surprise. But as soon as I thought of it, I wanted it to make it the title of the EP as well. I made this decision because I wanted to present a new chapter in my life, where I am the strongest and most powerful version of myself. I like using this metaphor; a magnet. The magnet is me now, and the magnet repels another magnet, and the other magnet is my younger self. Not in a bad way, it’s just a way to say goodbye to my past and to introduce a brighter future.

*How was the recording and writing process?

 The writing process was truly like a therapy session for me. When I’m on a roll and have a “pop” of inspiration, It’s my favorite feeling in the whole world. Writing most of these songs during the beginning of quarantine gave me a lot of peace and time to really work on what I wanted to say. This was also the very first time where I produced most of these songs. Music production has opened a bigger variety into my music, and I’m so grateful that I learned it. I recorded the vocals and some of the guitars at my friend Tim’s studio. The whole process of writing and recording this EP was really satisfying because I got to make it as perfect as I wanted it to be.

*What role does LA play in your music?

Honestly, LA doesn’t play that big of a role in my music. Of course, I’ve written some songs about the industry, but I can write songs anywhere. I’ve written songs everywhere, on vacations, and even on an airplane 🙂

*How has Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish influenced your writing?

There’s so much emotion that captures you and lets you in on what they’re feeling, which is what I want to obtain with my songs. I want people to feel a connection- regardless if they went through what I did or not. I just want them to hear the passion in my lyrics.

Their whole message is basically to do whatever you’re comfortable with and don’t ever let anyone control you or decide what you’re going to be.

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

I get inspired by anything. Whether it’s from a frustrating situation, or just me reminiscing on old times and friendships. Sometimes, I’ll take a pretty neutral event that happened in my life and turn it into something more. I like to exaggerate in my songwriting 🙂

*What else is happening next in Neska Rose’s world?

Fortunately, lots of things are happening! As a singer/songwriter by day, I’m an actress by night. I’m currently on set, acting in a recurring role for a new TV show which I’m so pumped about. When I come back home from set, I write new songs here and there and just have fun playing with my sister 🙂

What I’m releasing isn’t even a quarter of my songs! I actually have enough material for 2 new albums! But we’ll take it one step at a time. Although I can’t wait to release them all 🙂

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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