When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
I started writing music around 14 or 15 but didn’t actually consider pursuing it as a career until I was in college. I acted my whole life, doing off – Broadway in New York City and film and TV. I thought I was going to be an actor and spend my life doing theatre and serious plays; music was always my release from that. While I was at school a couple of great writing opportunities presented themselves and I just said yes to them. I just kept saying yes from there, continued to write and eventually put a band together and started performing in the US.
How would you describe your music?
I feel like I’m terrible at describing my music! ‘Electro’ has such a broad spectrum now that it’s so hard to make that specific but I would say it’s electro pop with singer/songwriter melodies and lyrics.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
I’m currently in LA where I’ve been writing music, but we’ve just wrapped up a small tour in the UK where my band and I played Fashion Week events as well as at venues around London. I would say everyone can expect a lot of content, which I’m so excited to be sharing. The first single from my EP, ‘Heartbeat’, will be released next month (Nov 18) and the EP will be released in early 2014. I have a lot of video content, from music videos to a mini-documentary about the bands time in London which will come out alongside the record as well. So, just a lot of Ariana & the Rose!
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Such a tough question, I feel like there are so many people! A current artist I would love to do a duet with is Robyn. I’ve listened to her since she came out with ‘Show Me Love’ in the early 2000s and she’s been such an inspiration for me. To be able to sing and write a duet with her would be unbelievable.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
My desert island disc would probably be Jagged Little Pill. The whole record is so amazing and I feel like if I had to be alone on an island I’d want to hang out with Alanis Morissette. Aside from the records huge influence on me as a songwriter, You Oughta Know and Hand In My Pocket are two of the best songs to sing at the top of your lungs.