ROZES Talks Mental Health, Writing Music, And Her Passion For Women’s Rights

If you’ve never heard of ROZES, think again… because I guarantee you have. In 2015, an EDM duo called The Chainsmokers released a song that broke down pop barriers and pushed EDM to the forefront of the radio waves. “Roses” became an instant hit and fan favorite, garnering over 6 million plays on Spotify. The song was written by Elizabeth Mencel (ROZES) and The Chainsmokers and continues to amp up fans whenever it’s played live. But do you know who ROZES really is?

This Philadelphia native has made a name for herself since her radio hit with The Chainsmokers and continues to keep her voice and music as personal and real as possible. This year alone, ROZES has released three songs, all incredibly beautiful and meaningful to the singer. As a mental health advocate and woman in the music business, ROZES has a lot to say and she says it well.

I asked some questions about her latest single “Call Me“, her time at Alicia Keys’ writing camp, and what the rest of 2019 looks like for her music career:

Have you always been passionate about social and mental health issues? When did you feel comfortable including those themes into your music? (“Call Me” “Halfway There”)

“I have always had the fight for social and mental health issues inside of me. I grew up bullied and started struggling with mental health from an early age because of it. As I grew older and felt more comfortable in my skin, I started using music to speak out about the things I was feeling and what I believed in. I was never going to fit in, so I decided to stand out.

My music always has a deeper meaning to it than what is shown (or heard) on the surface, a lot of my earlier songs are about my struggles with love. But I think I started getting frustrated with writing about the same thing as everyone else, when the world is  struggling with much deeper things beyond that. I started to recognize that my words had weight to them, and the things I believe in, and the people I love, need to be supported, too. I guess I’m trying to be the hero I never had. ‘Halfway There‘ and ‘Call Me’ are just the tip of the iceberg. I’m refusing to write about anything ‘easy,’ now is the time to speak out, so I’m going to.”

Explain being a part of the “She Is The Music” writing camp? How did you get involved? How was the experience?

“I was invited to the join the writing camp by someone who was setting it up, and I’m so thankful. This experience was so empowering and inspiring. We got to sit down with Alicia Keys and discuss music and our favorite artists that have inspired us as music makers. Being a part of this camp made me realize that we have to be the change we want to see. It starts with us. As an artist, it is my responsibility to be inviting females into the studio to create- we have to help each other. I worked with some of the best writers and producers and wrote some of my favorite music, including my latest single ‘Call Me’.”

Do most of your songs start on the piano? What does your writing process look like?

“I think it’s pretty evenly split between piano and guitar. I typically have a concept that I want to write about. I have a running list of words and concepts in my phone that I write down when I feel inspired by something and depending on who I am writing with or if I’m writing by myself, I’ll  pick a specific concept. Then I settle on some chords and the melodies and lyrics follow! My process does change, but that is the typical skeleton.”

What’s inspiring you these days?

“I am truly inspired by the world around me and the struggles each human must face in their lives. I am very strong in my beliefs, and that plays a huge factor in my writing. I’m inspired by my fight as a woman be to seen and treated equally,  by the LGBTQ+ community and their fight to love freely, by my honest and true struggles with mental health and the determination to channel it into something healthy (music), by the heartbreak and injustice that modern day racism is still causing in our country, and so much more that daily life shows me.”

What does the rest of 2019 look like for ROZES?

“I’ve got lots of music and collaborations I’m really excited about! I hope to be playing shows and getting on a tour for fall!”

 

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BANKS Releases New Single, “Look What You’re Doing To Me”

In BANKS’ second single off her upcoming album, we hear a different vibe from the singer than we’re used to. A strong electro hook leads “Look What You’re Doing To Me” to be one of her most upbeat songs to date. While Banks continues to keep her moody and poetic lyrics, fellow singer/songwriter Francis and the Lights lends a hand (and voice) to this new spunky single.

“Look What You’re Doing To Me” seems to stray from BANKS‘ usual stream of conscious lyrical format (listen to The Altar start to finish) and shifts to a more call & response lyrical structure. Her voice is as powerful as ever, almost sounding strained in some verses as she explains her feelings towards a lover she can’t seem to resist. “Then you give me one more, heavenly eyes, I’m dying for, why you just looking me over?” she sings in a painful yet electric tone.

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Katy Perry’s “Never Really Over”, Dissected

After the massive flop of her experimental 2017 album Witness, Katy Perry is back in a big way, with a big song, ready for a BIG summer. At first listen, “Never Really Over” reminded me of 2010 Teenage Dream-esque Perry – AKA – the PRIME of her career, musically and artistically (“Teenage Dream”, “Wide Awake, “The One That Got Away”). “Over” feels like the song that will bring Perry back to all the fans she so abruptly lost back in 2017.

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Why does “Never Really Over” work so well?

Well, it goes back to the production and songwriting credits. Here are the eight songwriters credited for being a part of “Never Really Over”:

Dagny: Norwegian singer/songwriter. Her hit song “Love You Like That” follows the same musical production as “Never Really Over”. Dagny’s “Like That” is actually credited as the sample for Perry’s new tune. Not to mention, Dagny’s incredible ear for pop melodies.

Michelle Buzz: Buzz comes from the EDM songwriting world, credited on songs like “All Night” by Steve Aoki and “Burn Slow” by Jaira Burns

Jason Gill: Straight from the pop world, Gill is responsible for hits like Zara Larsson’s “Funeral”, “(Not) The One” by Bebe Rexha, Dagny’s “Used To You”, and so many more.

Farrago: After discovering singer Daya, Gino Barletta used his platform to become a successful producer and label exec. He’s also a co-writer of “Sit Still, Look Pretty” and “Hide Away” also by Daya.

Hayley Warner: Another EDM alum. Warner is featured on songs like “Go Back” and “Need You Right Now” by Hedegaard.

Zedd: A master of mixing pop and EDM for radio ready hits, Zedd is all over this track. From the ticking clock sounds mimicking his 2018 hit “The Middle” to the slight “drop” during the chorus, this Germany native has mastered songwriting and production. Perry remembers bringing the new song to Zedd, saying, “I brought him the song and he said, ‘Wow it sounds amazing.’ Specifically, the lyrics in the second verse that I really love is: ‘I guess I should try to go to therapy to try to get you out of my brain, I can’t even go on the internet, without even checking your name.'”

Leah Haywood: This singer/songwriter can be credited for songs by Aly & Aj, The Cheetah Girls, Ryan Cabrera, and more. She is 1/2 of the songwriting/production duo Dreamlab with Daniel James.

Daniel James: As the other 1/2 of Dreamlab, James has also exclusively worked with Judah the Lion (“Over my head”, “pictures”, “Don’t Mess With My Mama”) and Jeremy Zucker (“Bout It”, “Upside Down”, “Pick It Up”).

Maybe Katy Perry finally found the perfect team to help assemble her return to dominate pop music, just like she used to. I have high hopes her upcoming album will bring back what was once lost.

Perry released a euphoric music video to accompany the start of this new era. The California native can be seen dancing around in a sunshine filled field at some sort of healing heartbreak camp. A genius idea to tag along with a genius song. The video already has over 30 million views.

 

Cheers to the return of Katy Perry!!

 


 

BAYNK’s New EP!

BAYNK’s part 2 of his Someone’s collection of songs just dropped last week. Part 1 was released back in 2017 (featuring hit song “What You Need“), and part 2 is even better. Featuring vocals from Sinead Harnett, Glades, Hablot Brown, and Martin Luke Brown.

Start to finish, the Someone’s EP 2 itself is charming in so many ways. the way BAYNK produces his music is so eclectic and specific. He manages to mix several genres into one incredibly powerful song. “Simmer” feels funky and romantic, “Settle” is an electronic SMASH, “Go with U” is a fun head bouncer, and “Shatter” is a stunning closer to a career defining EP.

On his collaboration with Glades, the New Zealand native told Pop Dust“I heard Karina’s voice pop up on the radio one day and fell in love with her tone. The same day I got in touch with them they happened to be working on their album in Hollywood…The whole band is so lovely and the song really just came together like magic.” 

BAYNK’s song writing process usually starts with piano as he’s been playing it for so long. You can hear some subtle piano chords in almost every song on the EP. While the lyrics just seem to come naturally to him; “I never write down any lyrics I just freestyle until I have something I like.”

Listen to Someone’s 2 EP

Catch BAYNK on tour here!