This month we met up with Cornwall-based musician Rosie Crow. Following a successful summer promoting her debut album at festivals across the country, Rosie has recently formed a band, Rosie The Crow, with Layla Astley and Todd Barden.
Rosie The Crow features Rosie on vocals, synths and bass guitar, Layla on drums and harmonies, and Todd on guitars. Their debut album is due to be released in February 2018. The band popped into the studios to serenade us with a very special version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and we caught up with Rosie to find out about life as a musician, becoming a mum and what she loves about Cornwall.
What drew you towards a career as a singer/musician? Was it something you always wanted to do?
My parents were musicians and I grew up playing and listening to music – it’s all I’ve ever known but it really makes me happy!
Which artists have you been most influenced or inspired by?
Probably PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper. In more recent times John Grant.
Can you tell us about your song writing process?
I usually have a problem or idea that sticks in my head then I go to the piano and start writing about it. Usually a song comes from that.
Has becoming a mum changed what you do, and how you approach your work/creative practice?
I have to be a lot more organised now I have a baby – Tiga is amazing but he is also a lot of work. I have allocated hours for writing and being creative which can be super productive if I’m in the right mood.
What kind of clothes do you prefer to wear when you’re performing?
Usually high heeled boots that I can move about in, skinny jeans and lots of red lipstick.
What drew you to Cornwall, and what do you enjoy most about living and working here?
I was born here, but I moved away for a while and lived in London and then New York. I came back in my mid- 20s because it’s so magical here. I love it more than anywhere else in the world.
You do a lot of live gigs – where’s your favourite venue to perform in Cornwall, and why?
My favourite place to perform in Cornwall would be the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth. It’s such a cool stage.
Where do you go/what do you do when you’re in need of inspiration?
I usually go for a walk on the cliffs or Bodmin Moor and that puts me in the right head space.
What does your perfect day look like?
Waking up from a full night’s sleep (not going to happen for a moment because Tiga keeps me awake – but I can dream), breakfast with my family then we all go for a walk on the beach with the dog, meet up with some friends, play some music, light the fire and have a glass of wine.