Traditionally, roses signify passion. However, the flower denotes a whole lot more for multiplatinum-certified and critically acclaimed Philadelphia pop songstress ROZES. Ever since stepping into the spotlight, she has made quite the name for herself through some of the most irresistible pop and dance anthems on the planet. We were able to sit down and chat with her before her absolutely amazing performance at Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. During our interview, we discussed her new EP, dropping out of college, mental health, inspirations, and so much more.
1. You have a pretty unique name so can you elaborate on the backstory?
So, I went as a singer/songwriter by Elizabeth Rose when I was younger, and when I decided I was actually going to be an artist, let me change it up, that’s just my name. My grandma’s name is Rose and she’s my favorite person on the planet, so I always wanted to do that. But she always taught me to be an independent person so that’s when I made it plural and added the ‘Z’
2. How/When did you decide to make music a full-time career?
I don’t even think until about 3 years ago when I released “Roses” with The Chainsmokers, I decided I was going to drop out of college. I had already had an associate degree so I figured I could always go back. But I always felt that this was eventually going to happen and I was doing my Plan B. And then 3 summers ago, I told my parents “Mom, Dad, I’m not going back, you’re wasting your money, I don’t want to do school.” And they were completely supportive because at the time, my song was on the radio. So it’s not like I dropped out, moved to LA, and lived on the street. I knew I was going to go somewhere because it was already happening.
3. How do you prepare for a performance?
Tequila shots and joke around with my drummer.
4. You speak about struggles with mental health quite often, and you were one of many to reach out to Two Feet last month while he was struggling, can you elaborate on how the demand from this industry can sometimes lead people into darkness? Do you have any suggestions for anyone dealing with depression and anxiety, in or outside of the music industry?
The way Two Feet was struggling, he at least was able to reach out by posting on social media. So a little bit of reaching out can help because you never know who’s going to respond, and so many people can come together and you realize how many people care. So just saying something like “I feel anxious” and then your friend can ask “What about?” Just talking about it is key. The music industry is very stressful, you’re constantly competing and comparing and wondering why one person is there and you’re not there, it’s so hard, it’s like a game. You have to know where you are and who you are without judging yourself based on what other people are doing.
5. You are in the process of releasing your new EP, can you talk about the creative process around the EP? Do you have a favorite track from the EP?
It has been a waterfall release, so every song title contains part of the full EP’s name. Once all the songs are released, the EP will be completed with the name ‘I Don’t Where I’m Going, But I’m On My Way.’ The whole process has been me growing as identifying myself post-Chainsmokers. And I really wanted to identify myself as something that people can say ‘That’s ROZES.’ For me, it was a very trivial moment because I needed to decide who I was. And this EP is me going through that flow.
6. If you found a lamp with a genie inside and he granted you 3 wishes, what would they be?
1 – To be more peaceful with myself and be more content with where my journey is taking me
2 – To be able to live in the moment and appreciate what I have now
3 – Patience
7. You have worked with The Chainsmokers, Nicky Romero, Cash Cash, and more, are you planning on branching out from the EDM world?
I don’t know if EDM is my comfort zone, I think it just ended up being my path into the music industry. I think we all have a weird path in, and this is mine. After working with The Chainsmokers, I’ve gotten the privilege to work with so many other people. And I’ve had so many other songs written already to send to a DJ/Producer and they would make it a complete song. So for me in EDM, people know me in this world, might as well keep going with it.
8. Who or what do you look to for inspiration?
I guess I just crave this thing where I need to keep creating and I can’t let my fans down, I can’t let anyone down. So for me, I constantly crave releasing new music and telling people ‘It’s ok, I’m here.’ Even when I feel like this industry is shit, my go-to is to write a song, which is so weird because how is my escape and my hobby also what’s screwing me up. It’s hard, it’s a catch-22 almost.
9. If you could collab with anyone in the industry, one dead and one alive, who would they be?
twenty one pilots – I feel like that would be a really cool collab because they’re rock but they have their EDM moments where they just jam and I feel like that collab would be a really cool thing. They have a dark side and they’re not afraid to show their dark minds.”
10. What are you currently working on?
I have a second EP, maybe. But it will be different – more mature, less dance.
11. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Unfuckwithable – to not care what people think