With her debut EP out now, singer-songwriter Gabriella Rose found some spare time to chat with us about her EP, inspirations, living in Idaho and what she’s got going on in 2019.
Hey Gabriella, easy question to start, what have you been up to today?
I’ve just been lazing around, reading Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski.
So, introduce yourself to our lovely readers.
Hello everyone, my name’s Gabriella Rose, and I’m a sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter.
What’s life like in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho?
It’s wonderful. I’m doing online school at the moment, so I usually go to one of the local coffee shops here to do my schoolwork. It’s small, cozy, and familiar, I really like it that way!
Tell us about your debut single, ‘Lost In Translation’.
Well, I wrote this song about Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation. The main characters were both aimless, unhappy, and lonely in their lives, so in each other they found a common bond. This song describes that feeling of being lost in the middle of everyone else. The movie changed my life because it put that feeling on a screen, and so I tried to put that feeling into words.
Your debut EP is out now, It’s very good. What can you tell us about it?
Thank you so much! Well, when I met my producer, Chris Molitor, I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a 16-year-old girl who had some songs; I didn’t really know what to do with them. Chris really helped me find “my sound” on this EP! It took a long time to make; there were some setbacks and obstacles to overcome in the process, but the final product was worth it!
What does songwriting look like for you?
When I was younger, I loved writing poetry. I’m too ADHD to sit down to write an actual novel so I stuck with short stories and poems. When I was 14, I went to a songwriting camp and one of the leaders there taught me the method of writing lyrics, and then putting them to a melody. That changed everything! So, I usually write a poem, and then work it out on my acoustic guitar.
What song of yours is the one you can’t wait for people to hear, and why?
Probably ‘The Chair’! It’s an anti-death penalty song inspired by the novel ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote. The death penalty is a topic that I’m very passionate about, and I have been for quite some time. I wanted to make sure there was a song on the track that wasn’t just about me and my life- one about something greater and bigger that’s happening in the world.
What have you got planned for 2019?
Well, I’m releasing my EP on February 1st, and I’m really excited! Other than that, I don’t really know. I guess I’m just waiting for whatever the universe sends my way.
Obviously, there’s a lot of talk about equality in general at the moment, what’s your experience of being treated differently as a woman in your industry?
Well, I haven’t really been in the industry for long, (only a year), so I don’t have any particular experiences surrounding that issue. I’m hoping I only experience good things in the future, but I’m not naive. So, I guess I will just try to treat everyone with respect and kindness and hope that they’ll reciprocate!
What’s been your favourite album of 2018 and why?
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafhaven. It’s filled with so much raw emotion and power, with an almost Echo and the Bunnymen sound. I feel like I’m in a David Lynch film when I listen to it, so it’s been on repeat.
If you could recommend one artist to hear this week, who would it be?
The Garden. They’re so underrated, I’ve seen them twice now in concert. I am obsessed with them, they’re unique and rebellious and have created a new genre that I’m in love with. Do yourself a favor and listen to ‘Haha’ and ‘No Destination’.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Who’s your favorite artist— it’s DAVID BOWIE!
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Like the Wolf from Pulp Fiction; lots of cream, lots of sugar.