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Ten Questions With Rosie Sullivan

Today we bring you our interview with the phenomenal, Rosie Sullivan. You can check out our review of 'Space', Rosie's, debut E.P here. Our review of Rosie's second E.P 'Wonderland', is coming soon. If it's underlined and in bold, you can click it, to go to the page mentioned.

Who are you?

I am Rosie Sullivan, and I am an 18 year old singer/songwriter from the Isle of Lewis.

How would you describe your music?

My music ranges quite a lot, from soft pop to folk. I take a lot of my ideas from Joni Mitchell, and the Indigo Girls, so I guess I am similar in style to them!

What inspires you?

My Aunt has always been my biggest inspiration, she is the reason why I picked up the guitar and started writing. She is a singer/songwriter too and has always been one of my biggest supporters since I started singing and writing at the age of 12.

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What can we expect release wise?

Everything has kind of been put on pause at the moment. I was due to be recording some more originals and had ideas of putting out a single this year, however I’m not sure this is looking likely. But I am always posting videos of new original material and covers on my Instagram and Facebook.

Are you Live Streaming in the Pandemic?

I’ve done about 5 live-streams now on my Instagram, and I did one on the Comhairle’s Facebook page (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - Western Isles Council), which has now had about 9k views.

I’m loving doing this and hopefully will be doing some more! It’s great to have the sense of connecting with people, even if you can’t see them. There’s a certain magic to it.

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Why did you take up music?

Ever since a really young age I had always been singing or performing or putting on little shows for my family, so I guess you could say it was clearly something I’d always wanted to do.

I started playing the fiddle when I was in primary school, and after a few years I was desperate to learn guitar. As soon as I learnt chords I found myself singing and writing all the time, and I just loved it so much- I haven’t stopped!

How to do set about writing/creating your music?

I know that every artist has their way of doing it. For me, I have many ways! Sometimes the inspiration comes out of nowhere and I have to get to my guitar or piano to get the idea out. Other times, I search for a melody and work my lyrics around it, other times I write my lyrics then later add a melody.

I’ve recently tried a new way, as I watched a YouTube video interview where David Bowie spoke about using stories/poetry/articles to cut out random words and create some sort of song that kind of made sense. This is a really fun way of doing it and can help me get out of a rut.

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If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?

I think if I had to choose out of all my favourites, it would probably be ‘A change of heart’ by The 1975. Being one of my favourite bands, they are all musical geniuses and when you break their songs down, it’s amazing how they form such amazing sounds.

I think this song is great, it makes me forget about everything else in the world for a moment, and it’s one of those songs you can listen to when your sad, to embrace that feeling, or when you’re happy and you can have a wee dance to it.

Any funny/weird stories or experiences from your tours?

I think the story that sums up a tour for me, is when I played a gig in Edinburgh, then that same night we drove through to Glasgow to stay in a hotel, before leaving early the next morning to head up for the last gig in Stornoway.

We got to the hotel in Glasgow about midnight and ended up staying up till about 1am, we had got a message to say the tour managers would pick us up from the hotel at 3am so we could make the ferry in the morning.

I realised I should probably go to bed and get some sleep before I got up! I went to sleep probably about 1:30 am and woke up at 2:30am, had a shower got changed and took my stuff down the corridor to Millie’s (one of the artists I was on tour with) room.

She hadn’t woken up yet which I thought was a bit strange, until I checked my phone and realised they were actually picking us up at 4am. So I just waited another hour sitting in my hotel room, for them to come, then went from Glasgow to Stornoway running on 1 hour sleep, to play another gig. Moral of the story, read your messages!

© Rosie Sullivan

How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?

If I had to choose, it would be an Alien Invasion. I’ve seen too many things about zombies I think I’d be too scared! I think it would be cool to see what aliens actually looked like if they were real - and have a laugh about it before we were taken out!

We would like to say another huge thank you to Rosie Sullivan, for taking the time to answer our questions. You can check out one of Rosie's, new songs in the video at the top of the page.

© Rosie Sullivan

Rosie Sullivan's E.P 'Space', is on all good streaming services and her follow up E.P 'Wounderland' is out on CD. You can buy both E.P's from Rosie's, website store and help support one of the most exciting up and coming Folk Artists on the UK circuit, HERE.

Stay Safe - Stay Well - Peace & Love.

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