A Conversation With Rock Singer/Songwriter Aveleen Rose
“Sadly, I think we are becoming more divided and separated, everyone focusing on their own individual gain, and there seems to be a constant need to be successful and to accumulate material things. Apparently 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer of a mental health problem, and the truth is, we stopped caring. We see people suffering every day and instead of helping we turn our backs on them, because we prefer to live in our own bubble. And what is even sadder is that they are our friends, we know them and we choose to ignore, I don’t want that to happen anymore. We should not be afraid to share our pains and struggles because we all go through them, we are not perfect, we are not supposed to be perfect and we are not supposed to pretend that everything is fine when is not. I love the fact that more and more successful artists (mainly actors) are coming forward with their stories trying to emphasis on what is important in life. I don’t know how many really listen, but I hope that gradually things will improve.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing: Aveleen Rose, Rock Singer/Songwriter
Thank you so much for joining us! What is your “backstory”?
I started doing music just for the fun of it, haven’t really thought about a career in music until later. I studied Economics and practiced for about a decade. However, singing and dancing made me really happy so I tried to take advantage of any opportunity that came my way. I began with a Celtic project in Scotland recording a full length album, I sang with various blues and rock bands in London and I even had a jazz project. In all this time I was writing songs and figuring out my style. At the end of 2015 I got an opportunity to record my original material at Abbey Road Studios and after two years of preparation, my Debut EP ‘Who I Am.’ was released. Apart from music, I received opportunities in TV and Radio to present music related programmes and had the brilliant idea to start my own online TV Channel going hand in hand with my Independent Record Label. Is still in its inception faze, but hopefully soon will be an important platform for artists of all kind. I have also done a bit of acting and I am training in Filipino martial arts. I am very open to new experiences and I have a thirst for knowledge, so I hope to develop and expand my expertise even more in the years to come.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
I was figuring out what to wear on stage and I saw this beautiful black laced dress online, so I placed the order. Was super excited when it came, and put it on straight away. I was so happy how it looked, it fit me perfectly, then my sister came in and she started laughing and I said why are you laughing? She told me to turn around and look in the mirror and so I did. I’ve noticed there was a huge hole in the dress right around my bottom. My sister said, you should definitely wear it at your next gig. We couldn’t stop laughing. I never wore the dress obviously and returned it the next day.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Everything that I am working on music wise is very exciting for me. I am trying to enjoy the ride more than anything and take things slowly without forcing things to happen. I always wanted to co-write and sing in a duet with a male artist and this is something I am working on right now and I am very excited about. There will be more live shows obviously, some studio time and a music video before the year ends. I am taking things step by step without too much pressure because I want to enjoy life. I have nothing to prove. 🙂
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I have interacted with many interesting people throughout my career and I like the fact that I am starting to meet more and more people with the same or similar ideals and values as I. One of the nicest people I had the pleasure to meet and work with, is Pearse MacIntyre, a very talented young man who produced my Debut EP. We had a blast in the studio and we really connected musically.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
I’d say Michael Jackson, obviously because of his very unique style, career achievements and influence in the development of music and dance. He was a true performer and I haven’t seen any other artist since Michael perform like that. Not to mention that I even read about him in a book about Globalisation, when I was studying for Uni.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I believe, my songs could have the potential to bring goodness to the world through their messages. I am hopping for the music videos that will follow to do the same. I don’t really start a project without thinking of how it could impact positively or help in some way. Maybe that is why it took me so long. I also try to get involved in the community where I live in as much as I can, I have done volunteer work for a hospice in London, and even performed an acoustic live set for the patients. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life as a musician. I guess even in your day to day life you can change someone’s life for the better, if you want to, is so easy. It is the simple things that make all the difference.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I believe it would be the spirit of working together, supporting each other and connecting more. Sadly, I think we are becoming more divided and separated, everyone focusing on their own individual gain, and there seems to be a constant need to be successful and to accumulate material things. Apparently 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer of a mental health problem, and the truth is, we stopped caring. We see people suffering every day and instead of helping we turn our backs on them, because we prefer to live in our own bubble. And what is even sadder is that they are our friends, we know them and we choose to ignore, I don’t want that to happen anymore. We should not be afraid to share our pains and struggles because we all go through them, we are not perfect, we are not supposed to be perfect and we are not supposed to pretend that everything is fine when is not. I love the fact that more and more successful artists (mainly actors) are coming forward with their stories trying to emphasis on what is important in life. I don’t know how many really listen, but I hope that gradually things will improve.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Be careful who you trust! Music business, honestly speaking is ruthless, especially if you are a woman. I had to learn and do a lot on my own in order to move forward.
Ask and gather all the information you need before forging ahead, or taking on an opportunity. It is vital to have everything in writing, do a serious background check and establish all terms beforehand. It is very easy to get over excited and overlook some important parts of a deal, and it gets even harder when you are face to face with ‘professionals’. Always remember there are others out there that you can work with, if you are not sure or unhappy with their terms or the way they operate, you can always find someone else more suitable for you.
Always listen to your intuition. If you feel something is off, you are probably right. I wish I’d listen to my intuition more, some outcomes would’ve been different.
Always have a plan B. Music industry is unpredictable, and no matter how cautious you are there will be times when things will not work out as planned. The truth is you have to be quick on your feet to find solutions and adjust to whatever challenges and regroup. It makes a huge difference if you have already thought about an alternative in case one fails.
If you want for something to happen take the lead. Very rarely you can count on someone to make things happen for you, especially the way you want to. I was disappointed a lot of times about how things turned up because I didn’t impose my vision and my ideas enough when working with others, especially on creative projects.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this. 🙂
Yes, definitely. They are a few actually. Jared Leto, Shania Twain and Leonardo Di Caprio.
Jared Leto. Jared is an incredible singer and actor, giving his best in both careers, something I am keen on doing myself. You will think I am crazy, but I had a dream in which Jared was telling me that I need to put myself out there more, and he invited me to sing in one of his concerts. Would be great if that would happen haha. 🙂 But he gave me a very good advice and most likely he doesn’t even know it. 😉
Shania Twain. I did a feature on Shanian Twain when I was working as a TV presenter and I felt quite touched by her story and I believe we might have similar personalities and a few things in common, so I would love to get to know her as a person.
Leonardo Di Caprio, is clearly a very talented actor and it took a while for him to be fully recognised for his talent. He is very well spoken, he seems incredibly smart and on top of that he is also interested in environmental issues, so I believe a conversation with him, would be extremely interesting.
Originally published at medium.com