EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ANNA ROSE

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: Anna, I must admit that I am new to your music, but you are clearly a force to be reckoned with. You aren’t the “usual female artist”. You’re rock. You’re blues. How would you describe your sound?

ANNA ROSE: Thank you so much! I guess I would say my music is rock, blues, folk, with a little pop in there… But I do always reserve the right to grow and change as an artist. That’s what makes it exciting!

MC: I see you reside in New York, which has such a strong music and artistic scene. Do you find yourself embracing the environment as influence for your material?

AR: Yes, always. To be honest, the song Beautiful World is entirely influenced by the city of New York.

MC: Speaking of New York, you must be looking forward to May 21st at Rockwood. This is part of a two-week residency I understand?

AR: Yes! I’m always excited to perform & there’s nothing better than playing your hometown! I’ve played at Rockwood for many years now and it’s one of my favorite venues to perform at. It always feels like coming home when I play there.

MC: When I close my eyes and just listen, it seems as if you may be influenced from many of the greats of the past. Is this assumption accurate?

AR: You are most definitely correct. There are references to more current artists here and there, but I tend to trace things back to the source. There’s a joke among the “Anna Rose” family that I was born in the wrong era of music. They’re probably right.

MC: You recently premiered a video for your title track Behold a Pale Horse through Nylon Magazine, which I find to be a very interesting choice of outlet. How did that come about?

AR: I like to read Nylon and they do a great job promoting new music, so I was really excited that they wanted to premiere the video! Nylon and I have a lot in common. We’re both unique!

MC: Now that I have indulged myself into your musical diary, I can definitely sense maturity from your first record, Nomad. The new material seems a lot darker. Can you tell us a little bit about the process of writing and recording your sophomore release?

AR: Well, it was a difficult process, as I had a rough time getting through a bit of writer’s block, which I had never experienced, but once I got going again it was like the flood gates had opened. I think it seems like a darker record when you listen to both side-by-side, but for those listeners who have come to my live shows, it was a very natural progression. I always play the songs from Nomad a bit heavier than they were originally recorded, so it was really just a continuation of the direction I was always going. I would bet the third album will be even heavier.

MC: You have such strong pipes. How do you take care of your voice? Is it a process?

AR: Honestly, I never really worked on my voice until about six years ago. I practiced playing guitar all the time, but I never thought to train my voice. I took it for granted, which is insane! Now I have an incredible voice teacher, Wendy Parr, who helps me through the ups and downs. There are a lot of different variables — seasonal allergies, flying, feeling hoarse, etc. — so it’s all about riding that wave and staying emotionally present in the music. So, yes, it is absolutely a process and one that I love very much.

MC: You are extremely beautiful, but the irony is, I consider you a gem for your undeniable talents. Do you sometimes find it a struggle to not be just “another pretty face” (as the media would say)?

AR: This is a surreal question for me. I never really think of myself as a physical beauty and no one’s ever asked me this! I think I present myself as a musician before being a “pretty chick”, so it’s never been an issue. I do think it’s always a struggle for the music industry to see female musicians as equals to male ones though. Particularly in rock music. I could go on about that forever, but that’s another question for another day, my friend.

MC: Was music always the chosen profession?

AR: Absolutely. There was no choice.

MC: If you were granted a wish of your dream collaboration, who would it be with?

AR: I’ll assume you mean someone living today, so – Jack White. That guy is a genius and I think he comes from the same place as I do in terms of influences, recording style and wanting to push the boundaries of the industry like I do, so that would be incredible. On the other side, I think working with someone on the opposite side of the spectrum could produce really amazing music.

MC: You’ve done a lot already in your young career, yet I am sure you still want to achieve so much more. What’s next?

AR: My goal is to just continue moving forward as an artist, write better music, play better shows and record better albums. The physical goals are there, of course, but I like to focus on the artistic ones because it’s more fulfilling and less anxiety-provoking.

MC: For fans who haven’t experienced the phenomenon that you are yet, how would you welcome them aboard?

AR: In true “Anna Rose” style, I’d probably want to buy them a drink and talk about Jimi Hendrix with them all night, but not everyone’s into that… So I’d probably just say: “Thank you from the bottom of my little heart for listening to my music!”

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