Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Edinburgh based singer Aveleen Rose to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Aveleen Rose was born in London and that is where the journey began. I moved to Scotland in 2018 and I do feel more like home here, but being in London was important for my music and my growth. Music has always been a part of my life and I was singing and dancing since I can remember, however it was not my career choice at first, because of my parents guidance and because we live in a world where security comes first. I trained as an Economist and worked in the field for almost a decade. I was successful, I'd say, but very unhappy. At one point I realised that the path I chose was not right for me so I had to try at least just for my peace of mind. I started singing in places where no one would know me. I went to a couple small local singing competitions then I began training vocally and was invited to perform with various bands as a lead singer. I sang various music styles: pop, blues, jazz and rock, until I found my own sound. In terms of songwriting, it all came naturally. I was just writing my thoughts and feelings in poems and the next thing I knew I was singing them. Then I invested a lot of my energy into learning how to play music instruments so I can write my songs. It wasn't an easy transition but it was worth it.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I literally listened to everything, all music styles, pop, r&b, hip-hop, rock, even Latino. I was so curious about music from a very early age, that I would listen to every show or chart on the radio that featured new music, and I was so mesmerised by the music videos shown on TV. I was daydreaming about how my music videos would look like and what music I would sing. I never imagined I will be writing my own music and definitely not rock, as I was more navigating towards pop music as a child. The artists that influenced me as a child were Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, and many more. From the rock scene was Scorpions, Skunk Anansie, Anouk and many others as I grew older. From the R&B artists definitely Aaliyah had a major impact on me. There are songs that I still listen to, that remind me of childhood and just to name a few: 'Lily Was Here' by Dave Stewart and Candy Dulfer, 'Take My Breath Away' by Berlin, 'Careless Whisper' by George Michael, 'Sacrifice' by Elton John, 'Please Forgive Me' and 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman' by Bryan Adams, 'Always' by Erasure, 'La Luna' and 'Circles in the Sand' by Belinda Carlisle, etc. Nowadays I still find more inspiration in the old music because it was pure and more meaningful, but I do admire bands like Alter Bridge, Nothing More, Nothing But Thieves and Poets of the Fall for their beautiful artistry and I really enjoy listening to them. I also think Beth Hart is one of the most amazing singers of our time.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is very me, heartfelt, deep, hopeful and optimistic. I remember what music meant to me when I was growing up and so I want to keep that magic and make music that inspires. My sound I believe is a combination of everything I was listening to growing up, there is no song that sounds like the other, every song comes with a different story or message and so a different sound to match. I just write what comes through, but I think my music fits more into the melodic rock genre and classic rock with some pop and r&b influences.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
I just released a Music Video for 'So Long' taken from my Debut EP 'Who I Am'. I always felt like I need to portrait the songs that I write in a way that makes them justice, so shooting a random video was not an option, therefore it took a long time to find the right visuals for the song. The song was inspired by the people I got in contact with at the time. I realised there is a fear or a blockage that stops them from being themselves and be open to others and new experiences and so I thought I would write about it, give them some comfort, support and maybe help the healing process so they find their way towards real connection. The Music Video is a journey into my world and where I find my comfort, peace, faith, courage and openness to new and others. It also comes with a lovely message so I hope people will enjoy watching it.
What’s your local music scene like?
There are so many talented artists where I am, and really lovely people to be around and work with. It is also a lot of music history in this part of Scotland, especially when it comes to rock music, but it seems like it has been forgotten. The interest in rock music is decreasing which makes it hard for the artists to keep the legacy and take it forward. I wish there was more support for these talented bands and better promotion to the general public.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I am hoping to have 2 singles released and a full album in production, in the next 12 months, and of course live shows and festivals. However I stopped planning as much and try to go more with the flow and see where opportunities lie. I want to be more flexible and adaptable to whatever situations life will bring. We live in a world that evolves quickly so what I plan now might not be relevant in 6 months. I will make sure to keep you posted though.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are just so many artists I would love to collaborate with. I think a duet with Poets of the Fall vocalist Marko Saaresto, would sound pretty interesting as well with Conor Mason from Nothing But Thieves. Other artists I would love to collaborate with are: Sting, Beth Hart, Myles Kennedy, Slash, Joe Bonamassa, and whoever wants to make great music. I am open to all genres and styles as I enjoy experimenting.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I am basically a solo artist and it has been tough gigging as I always had session musicians. I remember one time one of the guitarists I worked with got a bit drunk before a show. We got on stage after a long wait and he forgot the lineup. I was also presenting each song before performing them, but he was still bugging me, asking me what song are we playing not too far from my mic and another time he was playing a different song while the whole band was playing another and we all just looked at each other and started laughing. He is such an amazing person and a fantastic guitarist, once he knows what he's playing. It is great fun performing that's for sure.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The readers will learn a lot about me if they listen to my music and follow my journey. What I would want them to remember is that I am not perfect, I am constantly learning and evolving, but I will always try my best to bring to life meaningful content that will make a difference somehow for the better in the lives of those who will listen to my music.