Multi-instrumentalist Roselien returns with ‘Give Me A Break’ – a neo-soul anthem!

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Multi-instrumentalist Roselien is best described as a force to be reckoned with. Fusing R&B, neo-soul, electronic, nu-jazz and funk to create her signature soundscape, ‘Give Me A Break’ is taken from her forthcoming EP ‘Seventh Ascension”. Receiving praise from the likes of Worldwide FM, Last Day Deaf and Soho Radio to name a few, Roselien has also opened for artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Gregory Porter, The Jones Girls, Bilal and Gabriel Garzon Montano. Playing shows at iconic venues such as The Jazz Cafe, Rich Mix and The Lexington to name a few, this songwriter is destined for a successful career on stage.

Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..

Honest, rhythm, jazz, soul, sensitive, associative, empath, curious.

What comes first lyrics or music?

They come simultaneously as soon as I let the subconscious speak. Or sometimes a beat comes first or a baseline or some words… it all depends. I let it come in whatever way it wants to come to me.

What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?

I opened for Meshell Ndegeocello in Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London. The venue was sold out and the people didn’t know me but they loved it and supported me. After the show, I sold about 30 records which was amazing to me as none of these people knew me beforehand.

What was the last track you played on Spotify?

Jasmine – Ruby Francis

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I would want women to be appreciated for their work and not for their looks. Its a horrible and frightening evolution we now face on social media: female musicians are pushed to sexualise theirselves in order to increase their following. It’s completely absurd to see how artists build a following based on how they portray theirselves on instagram, then drop a random song which seems to be secondary to the image they portray. The message to aspiring artists now seems to be: use and exploit your looks to build a following; then drop some music. I will always advocate for the opposite: appreciate me for my CRAFT not for my looks. Reality is this is much harder for women than it is for men.

If you could collaborate with any band / person / producer who would it be?

Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kaytranada.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Stay true to yourself no matter what.

What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?

Bombataz, Ruby Francis, Wonky Logic, Kuna Maze, Mambele, Loraine James, Stace, Cody Currie, Jobee Project.

How are you coping with lockdown?

Initially I had time and space to create which was really inspiring. Later on I faced severe  loneliness and anxiety. When you can no longer perform a part of your identity’s been taken away.

Talk us through the new track / video

‘Give Me A Break’ is about living on the edge and sacrificing a lot in order to achieve your goals. It’s reflecting on exhaustion and self-doubt. It’s also about life choices one makes and the consequences those choices have.

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