The newcomer gets candid on her new single “Water Me Down” and what we can expect from her debut EP “Coping”.
Giving us an intimate window into her growth over the years is rising singer Rosie Darling with her latest single “Water Me Down”. Between indie-pop soundscapes and soaring vocals, the singer captures the messier sides of love and friendship with her single, transporting us back to our younger years of intense love and rampant emotions. Diving into a deeper sonic palette than her previous single “Heavy”, the singer artistically tells the story of day-to-day friendships, using layered productions and synths as her paintbrush.
“After living in LA for a few years, I’ve experienced my fair share of judgment, whether in the music industry or my day-to-day friendships,” the singer revealed. “As I grow, I recognise who is loving and supporting me unconditionally. ‘Water Me Down’ is about realising who those people are and embracing them while also being brave enough to let go of those I want to fix or change; I’ve learned the hard way that I am not responsible for their choices. This song is sort of a note to self about remembering your worth and that you are already enough. You are already “flowing over” with worth, and no one is allowed to take that away from you.”
Channelling the same irresistible vocals of Olivia Rodrigo, the rising singer has already racked in an impressive five million streams and landed herself on 14 different Spotify Viral 50 Charts. Encasing a new vulnerable kind of indie-pop, we caught up with the singer talking her ever-growing sound, finding her voice, and what we can expect from her forthcoming debut EP, “Coping”
Check out the interview below…
Hi Rosie – how have you been during this uncertain time? How has it impacted your music and creativity?
2020 was definitely a challenge and although we are starting to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, I think one of the positive spins on this time is that it allowed me to really focus on finishing up my first EP!
You’re based in LA, but where did you grow up and how has it influenced you sonically? Who were your musical heroes?
Originally I am from outside of Boston, MA. Overall, I think I was a pretty normal kid and sort of wrote about things I went through like your first relationships, first heartbreak, and friendships. My songs still revolve around those topics today but I think my story-telling has improved.
Congratulations on your new song “Water Me Down” – what was it inspired by?
Thanks! This song means a lot to me because it is sort of the first uplifting song I have written. The main message behind it is that you are already enough and don’t make me feel less than I am. After living in LA for a couple years you naturally endure some criticism around your music or around friendships and this song is about knowing your worth.
And the music video is this hyper-coloured, trippy pop world – what did you want to evoke with it?
This video was so much fun! Although jumping into a freezing cold pool was a challenge! I just wanted to incorporate water to some degree, as well as having dancers. The dancers are representative of being your own worst enemy and fighting against those negative thoughts. We tried to keep the choreography simple but we wanted them to push me around a little to signify the struggle of standing your ground.
And it’s taken from your upcoming EP “Coping” – why that name?
Coping was my first single off this EP and I think it resonates well, especially given the state of the world. We are all just trying to cope and a lot of us turn to music for that. The songs are the product of me coping in a way while living in LA and figuring out who I am.
You’ve called it a time capsule – what time period does it encapsulate for you? Was it cathartic making this EP?
Yes! Very cathartic. I have been waiting a while to share my stories with the world and I have been working on it for a couple of years. As I said above, it really represents where I am at 25 years old, living in LA and learning about myself in relationships.
Love, friendship, heartbreak and loneliness – your music encompasses a whole range of personal and raw themes – talk us through your songwriting process and how you pick what you want to bring to life?
I really love telling stories! Sometimes it starts with a simple line and grows from there or I pull a lot from personal experience. I think it depends on the day. I really try to find a balance between using metaphors while also being super descriptive, and painting a relatable picture for whoever is listening.
How does it feel releasing new music when most of the world is in lockdown/everything feels so uncertain – what do you hope your music will bring?
It feels really exciting! I think so many people are turning to music right now so I feel lucky that I get to be a part of that to help people cope.
What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to in 2021?
I am definitely planning to keep releasing music and tell more of my stories.I have yet to release a larger project like an EP, so I am excited to enjoy it!