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Fast Five: Alice Rose

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

My first instrument was an egg divider, egg harp, I used to sneak into my grandfather’s kitchen and climb onto the counter to get it. I would hide in a corner and put it very close to my ear to hear the sounds.

By the age of 3 I already wanted to play the violin, but my mother told me I had to learn the piano first. My Grandfather was a pianist, and she learned the piano too, so it made sense. I was quite a punk, so I didn’t really learn it, didn’t want to practice. Finally when I was 10 I was allowed to play the violin, however a little bit too late to really get it. I didn’t like the sheet music, but kept at it anyway. When I was 15 I started in a symphony orchestra, that was so boring, I decided to stop with the classical music. I started in church choir when I was 8, and keept it going untill i was in my teens. I enjoyed singing in the choir and it has had a huge influence on me.

My best toy as a kid, was the casette player. My uncle let us have it when I was around 4 and My siblings and I would reocrd our own shows and our own version of the european song contest.

After I finished high school I trained to go to the music academy, alas, opera was the only thing there for singers, at the time, and it was wrong for me. So I started getting into alternative theatre and worked with a travelling children’s theatre for a while, before I left for Berlin and Prague. I studied non-verbal theatre in Prague- I worked on a few films and commercials, and I still think acting is a fun and challenging career, however I couldn’t handle pushing both music and acting, and music was the more obvious choice for me.

How would you describe your music?

Dreamy, emotional, warm, inventive, experimental, personal. I mean it really depends on which album or phase in my life you refer to. My albums ” Tales of Sailing”, and ” Mora With The Golden Gun” are more electronic, and “Mora” had a hard edge it it, and a more metallic sound. “each is a DREAM”is the opposite, warmer, more analogue with lots of musicians playing on it. And the songs are more intimate.

in medival times I would have probably been a travelling storyteller/singer. I think I am a singer-songwriter, just with a computer, ukulele, viola or whatever I find lying around. I love to record and will even play whatever is around, even when I don’t know how to…

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Well I have been up to a lot. I have released a few tracks with my other project, Tiger Rose, been working with Gabriel Ananda and Eagles & Butterflies on a few tracks too. Then I’ve been preparing the release of the new album, ‘each is a DREAM’ , with is out on 4th November, setting up crowdfunding, played a lot of small gigs, rehearsing, making new music and now in the coming months I will be playing a lot of shows. I organise it all myself so we’ll see where I get to perform. I am a one-woman business, quite a lot of work! We are releasing 3 singles and some nice videos with the album. Hopefully they get some attention, get heard. Here’s a video for the latest single, Teardrops.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Hmm… difficult question. Lot’s of great singers… Maybe the young Leonard Cohen, I love his songs from the 60s. Haunting voice, warm and emotional – and great lyrics.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come, on vinyl – assuming I would get stranded with my portable, battery driven record player, haha. I love the lightness of the songs, and I remember seeing the movie as a kid, and never having heard that kind of music before. If Jimmy’s record couldn’t make it, I would choose Miriam Makeba- Never cease to make me smile. On a desert Island you need to smile to keep going.

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