There are some artists who spent years and years trying to chase a sparkle of success and once they reach it, they give up. Then, you have some artists who worked hard for years, achieved astonishing goals and take those achievements as motivation to break their barriers. Talent and creativity for these artists have no limits and ROSE SPEARMAN is undoubtedly one of ’em.
She toured the world, won the European Border Breakers Award, two critically acclaimed international solo albums on United and Sony Music, performed at international festivals such as Lowlands, North Sea Jazz, Montreux Jazz, Glastonbury, Exit, Sziget, Joshua Tree Festival, and the Love Box Festival. She’s certainly someone you could define as a REAL MUSICIAN. She then took these experiences and put ’em all together in her new upcoming album ‘KING OF AIR’.
A taste of her innate capability at creating fabulous music and an idea of what we can expect from her creation can be found in her first debuting single “AFTER THE SUMMER FALLS” which leads her to a collaboration with the famous soul producer Nigel Lowis who remixed the single for a captivating alternative version of an already amazing song.
A GREAT EXAMPLE TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM FOR MANY NEW ARTISTS AND A PLEASURE FOR ALL THE MUSIC LOVERS.
YMX: Hey ROSE SPEARMAN, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
ROSE SPEARMAN: Welcome:-) So my new album King of Air will be released in the fall of 2021,….sound wise It’s a soulful mix between old sounds and new sounds, between organic and between electronic beats. I’m experimenting with new sounds and new directions with very talented and creative people!… The story on these songs is very personal, about my family history, about my father a Jewish/Afro-American jazz musician born in New York. Stories about my German Jewish grandmother falling in love with my grandfather, an Afro-American man. At the time he was a young opera singer A story set in New York in the early ’50s about race issues then and now. I’m singing about my big loves, my Kings of Air, the astrological air signs that made a difference in my life. Songs like ‘After the Summer Falls ‘, about missing my father, a NY-born jazz musician, who sadly died much too young. Also, I’ve sampled my father’s recordings as a jazz saxophonist. So on this album, we will play together as we used to when I was a teenager…
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
ROSE SPEARMAN: When I was six years old I started to play the violin, I love the violin, classical music still very much. But I could not handle the many hours of study up alone in my room at some point. By the time I was thirteen I joined a special music college as a violinist. There was also a pop/jazz music department in that school where every Friday they would rehearse big band repertoire…the singers looked really cool, wore cool clothes and wore a lot of make-up, and were acting tough. I was completely enraptured by the songs and by singing…then I knew what I was going to do the rest of my life:-)
YMX: You recently released “AFTER THE SUMMER FALLS”. Can you tell us how that project came about?
ROSE SPEARMAN: This year, I released my first single After The Summer Falls taken from my upcoming ‘King Of Air’ album. I released two versions of the song After The Summer Falls. The original version is a very eclectic, electronic production that was done by the very talented Joost Wesseling. Last year, I got big support and airplay from the UK soul scene with another song ‘Come Get The Love’. Gary van den Bussche was the one who promoted the song and introduced me to producer legend Nigel Lowis who made a very upbeat, summer vibes different version of the recent single After The Summer Falls. I’m very much into remixing songs. Same piece but different colours 🙂
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to your music?
ROSE SPEARMAN: What a nice question! I want them to feel a connection with my stories and emotions and relate them to their own stories in there lives….this is what music does for me and I can sit and listen for hours to the same song and discover new things that make me go; ‘ wow so cool how they did this’ and wow so cool what the artist saying and how she or he is singing this line …..I hope people feel the same when they listen to my music. Music has the power to make you feel less alone in the world.
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
ROSE SPEARMAN: I have run my own music label for the last 7 years called M.A.R.S Worldwide, It is it is fascinating, very inspiring, ongoing, and challenging work. When the pandemic hit, we had to cancel all upcoming tours that were terrible for the artists and us. But since we are working at home we have never released so many songs/ EP/ albums in one year as before! That was a cool outcome for our company. For me as an artist, I had time to start writing lyrics and melodies and record my demo’s send them over to producers who are making magic in their own studios. So I think this year as far as an artist has been very good for me:-) Not a big problem with remote collaborations….although meeting up in the studio is the best thing ever!!
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
ROSE SPEARMAN: I’m a team player, and I love collaborations and different influencers …I have some amazingly talented people around me! They make my work as an artist and songwriter better period. And without them, it would not be the same outcome…I have a clear sense of direction where I want to go…I keep an eye on the entire process.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?
ROSE SPEARMAN: The last gig I played was in a theatre, it was sold out and a magical night…I really miss playing live but I’m hesitant to do a Livestream…I get nervous at the thought of how quiet it is without an audience….:-)
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
ROSE SPEARMAN: Well looking forward to releasing more singles, videos and ultimately releasing my album King Of Air in the fall, and playing live! so if you want to keep updated …you know where to find me:-)