INTERVIEW: ROSIN

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

Thank you for having me! I am good. I feel like a lot of change is happening right now, which sometimes makes me a bit nervous but also excited. Like everything being open again or being back to “normal” and I am also thinking of moving to London. It always takes some time for me to adjust to change or even the idea of it. But I am mainly excited.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tired Of Dancing”?

I wrote this song last spring at my grandparents’ house and wrote the lyrics a bit later together with my close friend Domiziana Gibbels in Berlin. It is about a past relationship that I felt really conflicted about, as I felt very strongly for this person but at the same time it was not healthy for either of us.

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

I wouldn’t say there was a particular event; it was more the consequences of the first lockdown in 2020. Everything was so uncertain and scary and I really isolated myself at this time, because of social distancing guidelines. So I really missed stability and being with another person. These feelings got me romanticising my past relationship, so I had to remind myself of why I left it.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I shot the music video this February together with my mother Heike Gallmeier, close to my grandparents’ house again. I should have been back in England by this point but got stuck because of a national lockdown. I’ve always wanted to work on something with my mother as she is an artist and I really liked the idea of collaborating with her. The idea was to get really dressed up and then film in very lonely landscapes, like you look or try your best but you still feel very alone. And that’s what we did. It was just the two of us and we drove to very lonely spots in this area and started filming. It was very special to me to create something with someone so close to me.

The single comes off your new EP Now I’m A Woman out in July– what’s the story behind the title?

All of the songs on the EP were written during lockdowns or the pandemic and in this time I faced many uncomfortable feelings that forced me to grow. Like leaving a relationship in the past or allowing sadness to be inspiring. To be okay with feeling lonely and overcoming all these feelings by being vulnerable and working them into songs. “Now I´m A Woman” is a lyric in one of the songs (called “17”) and it felt like a good title to describe growth. Although most of the time I still feel more like a teenager than being an adult, I guess that’s just being in your twenties.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was different for each song, as I worked with four different producers and also two other songwriters. The melodies and chords are written by me as that comes very naturally to me, but I really like writing lyrics with friends. It is more like a conversation or almost like a therapy session to work through an emotional topic and to put it into words. Sometimes it makes me understand something better. Most of the time the song is finished before I start recording and only small changes will be made during the recording process.

What role does Brighton play in your music?

Moving away from my hometown, family, friends and then partner was very important for my personal growth. So Brighton is the place where I redefined my personal identity and also developed my artist identity. This city gave me so much comfort, confidence and I got to know the people that I still work with on my music. And probably the sea has had some inspirational influence.

What aspect of womanhood did you get to explore on this record?

Some aspects would be… Leaving things behind, by working through it. Knowing my own worth. Being honest and true to myself. Acceptance. Accepting myself and accepting my past.

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

A lot of lyrical inspiration comes when I’m doing something else. I often feel inspired when I am on walks or on my way somewhere and listen to music. I always write down thoughts or sentences on my notes app on my phone. And if we talk about places; probably in Berlin. In parks or on the underground. And also my grandparents house, because it is such a quiet and peaceful place.

What else is happening next in ROSIN’s world?

I am currently writing and recording songs for the next EP. Besides that, I am planning on setting up a live gig for the end of the year after moving to London.

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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