Rose Gray

Walthamstow

Name, where are you from?
Rose Gray - Walthamstow (North East London).

Describe your style in three words?
Colourful, honest, soulful.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It would have to be seeing Prince in Birmingham. My best friend managed to get us tickets on the day of the show. So we raced up with three hours to go before it started. We somehow got taken to the front for the intro music to Purple Rain. Prince blew my mind that night, I compared his stage presence to Beyonce. Something otherworldly.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Beatles and Blondie. I love these two bands so much. I grew up on the Beatles. I always just thought that’s how a song should sound. And Blondie, because Debbie Harry is the definition of an icon.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Girl group Motown.
Stacked vocals, catchy melodies. Soul music. Powerful female vocalists and tight harmonies. I'd definitely love to play with these elements in my music.

Neo-psychedelia/'90s indie dance-pop music.
I have been devouring '90s dance records recently, songs which I didn’t have the pleasure of partying to. I feel quite influenced by the '90s. To be specific - Neo-psychedelia. It brings those familiar 1960s band sounds fusing synths and sharp keys but mixing it with soulful melodies similar to Dusty Springfield. I’ve been experimenting with bringing some of these elements into my music.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
John Lennon. I would love to share poetry or ask John to play something on his white grand piano. I think we could write something beautiful... try and put the world to right.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
Brixton Academy in London. I love this venue. The sound and atmosphere, the way the floor is raised so even if you're near the back you have a perfect view.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Of course Amy Winehouse. I grew up loving Amy, her lyricism and honesty had me in awe from a young age. I related to her, I felt like I'd never listened to a female being so honest about love and loss. But also - Melanie. She went pretty under the radar in the '60s/'70s and should have been huge.


East Londoner, Rose Gray, brings together elements of soul and conversational poetry taking lyrical inspiration from her experiences living in her native city. Her latest single, 'High Again' is accompanied by a video directed by Rose's boyfriend, Harris Dickinson. The video was filmed in one night, starring Rose as the heroine on a journey through London at night.

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