Interview – Rozelle

If you can’t work, go to work. If you can work, don’t go to work, unless it’s with people that you live with in the same household, in which case you should go to work. Unless you can’t work. You must work from home as well as, uh, home from work, but never (unless you can’t never, of course, you dummy) work from work, or home from home. These are just some of the things I’ve firmly understood from our government’s recent messaging, and is also yet another reason why I’m currently sat in my flat rather than the quite expensive office someone else pays for in Central London. They’ll have to pry this flat from my cold dead hands before I give it up, I tells ya. Also, how are new-new artists getting on in this environment? Let’s ask Bristol people Rozelle that very question, given that they are, in fact, a new-new band attempting to get on in this environment.

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Hi Rozelle. Would you mind introducing yourselves?

We’re 4 mates based in Bristol who make indie pop/rock music which is sometimes dreamy.

May as well get this one out of the way. How have you been dealing with life since the UK went into lockdown?

It’s been a weird time to say the least. We’re very lucky that 3 of us live together at the moment as we’re able to get creative and support each other in this time. 
It’s been tough as we had our first string of shows booked for this year, to run alongside our new music. But, we’ve adapted like many and come up with some alternative plans for what we can do this year.

Tell me about the origins of Rozelle. Does the name have some sort of personal significance?

The name is Hayley (Front Woman’s) middle name, it was an easy go to and something a bit different we feel works. There’s actually a place in West Sydney called Rozelle which was later found out.

What’s the Bristol music scene saying, and how supportive has the scene been to emerging bands from that area of the country?

The scene here has been really supportive on both the artist and industry side. 
We’ve seen a lot of positive responses to the outbreak. Music venues running live takeovers, and artists/venues supporting each others fundraisers, etc.
The creative communities here always support each other in times like this and really inspiring to see.

Your music touches on some rather woke subject matter, and sometimes the lyrics are written from a first-person perspective, others are more a narrative. What specific experiences do the songs you’ve released thus far relate to?

When writing naturally, Hayley always builds likes to characters and narratives, which no doubt are projections from her own personal experiences leaking from her subconscious.   
There’s sometimes clear themes of inner conflict, fear, regret but also self-acceptance – themes that everyone experiences or is familiar with to some degree.
Searching For a Revolution is about how today we’re all cross referencing different eras of fashion music, history to gain a context of who we are today. How we’re reviving the past, to decipher the now.
Discovery is written from the perspective of someone who claims to have seen and been it all. The type of person who denies any interest in new ideas, or beliefs. 
Get Out Alive was inspired by Pablo Escobar. We were inspired by exploring a narrative that explores the struggles and acceptance of creating danger. You want to escape, but you’re somehow addicted to making choices that lead to challenge, and darkness.
We’re all really inspired by different philosophies, and massively interested in the human condition – how modernity and tradition have both impacted social values and beliefs of people etc.

Tell us about some of your influences and artists that have inspired you.

Our influences are pretty expansive, we all take inspiration from different eras and genres, some of our favs include – LCD Soundsystem, De Staat, Rush, Bowie, Kate Bush, Frank Zapper, SOHN, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison.

If anything was permitted (let’s keep it in the legal sphere for now), what would be the first thing you would do if lockdown suddenly ended?

We’d have a garage party at our place in Bristol – inviting everyone in our street, and in our network to come boogie.

What’s next for Rozelle?

This year is all about releasing music for us and growing with our fans.
We’ve written and recorded a library of records which we’ll be releasing month by month. We’ll also be pushing out some really cool visuals from local artists, and homemade music videos too.
This year is an introduction to us.

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