INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Rose

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“I never really think about a sound that I have to do or any rules… that doesn’t come into it. Whatever I write is how I feel at the time.”

It’s Elizabeth Rose’s unique production that’s been winning hearts since her first single, Ready, was released in 2012, but discussion around this year’s self-titled EP has been focused on the more prevalent RnB sound.

“It felt like a natural progression to me. I’ve always really wanted to do that but I’ve never found the right songs to bring it out in. So yeah, it’s working and I’m sticking with it.”

It’s not an all too surprising shift; effortless pop melodies have always been Rose’s specialty, but they’ve been given much more of the spotlight on this release, which fans seem to be connecting with.

“I haven’t had anyone say anything negative (laughs)… there seems to be a good response online from the new music, people are really responding and saying they can’t wait for the shows.”

Rose is currently on the road for an extensive national headline tour, including some regional areas.

“I haven’t really played in Wollongong or Newcastle before as a headliner, so I think it’ll be good!”

Audiences can also expect something new in her live show.

“We’ve actually hired a graphic designer to come up with these visuals for the songs… to be projected onto a screen behind [me]. They’re going to be played on stage, synced with the music, and I’ll have some colourful costumes as well.”

‘Colourful’ is an incredible undersell of the singer’s idiosyncratic outfits, usually designed by friend Millie Hall. For this tour however, Rose turned to the ever-reliable social networks.

“For this tour I’ve actually branched out a bit and [contacted] some fashion design grad students. I did some stuff on the social networks just to see if anyone was interested in collaborating for the shows, so I’ll be wearing some exciting stuff from [some] up-and-coming designers.”

Once the tour is over though, the work doesn’t stop. A debut Elizabeth Rose album is in the process of being written, and a signing to Universal has opened up new opportunities abroad.

“Since signing with Universal a few months ago, they’ve already lined up some work for me overseas to write with a few people in Sweden and some big dance acts.”

What can we expect from her first long-player?

“I’m kind of dabbling into more down-tempo stuff, but it’s definitely getting more RnB (laughs)… it’s an extension of the EP, essentially. That sound. At the moment I’m churning out demo after demo, just focusing on getting the hooks out. Time away last year really made me focus on what I had to do and I guess I was really reflective and had time to stop and think about what I wanted to write about.”

For those who can’t wait for new Rose, her collaboration with the Aston Shuffle boys is available on iTunes now (or wait for the release of their album on 28 March), otherwise hold tight, because you know it’ll be worth it.

Tour Dates:

Friday, 21 March – Academy, Canberra

Saturday, 22 March – Pirie Social Club, Adelaide

Friday, 28 March – Factory, Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore

Friday, 4 April – King Street Hotel Superclub, Newcastle

Saturday, 5 April – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney

Friday, 11 April – Amplifier, Perth

Saturday, 12 April – Mojo’s, Fremantle

Tickets via elizabethrose.com.au

Journalism and creative writing student. I write about music and I try very hard.

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