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Thanks to her unique brand of nocturnal R&B, Rosie Lowe has this year topped an abundance of one to watch lists, including Grazia Daily’s very own. The long legged beauty can talk, a stark contrast to the spacious musical landscape of her offerings. Chatting a mile a minute the Devon born singer pauses only to better amalgamate her words, and revels in tales of her ‘Sound Of Music’ reminiscent childhood, the importance of empowering women and of judging artists on their abilities as opposed to their looks. She also had a bit of an earful for Miley Cyrus…
Tell us a bit about your route into music…
I was born into a very musical family so it was kind of from then I’ve always wanted to do music. I took up loads of instruments when I was young, I think at 13 I played like seven different instruments. I was completely obsessed with it, I still am. I’m the youngest of six siblings and they’re all really creative and musical. We didn’t have a TV so we always played music together. It was a loud house!
You write all your own songs; what’s your writing process like?
I always get this feeling when I know I have to write a song. I get very impatient and then a song comes in the space of like two hours. When I’ve got something to say it’s just like yeah I’ve got to get it out. With ‘Right Thing’ it was about an ex boyfriend, literally I knew I had to write; I actually said ‘I’m sorry you have to leave because I need to write a song.’
You’ve been doing music for years but have been popping up all over the place recently. Do you think it was always just a matter of time?
I think if you know that you’ve got to do something then you’ve got to do it and it happens. It’s never been a goal of mine to be famous; it’s never been a goal of mine to sell a number of records… All that stuff’s great but that’s not why I’m doing it, all I want to do is make music every day and be able to sustain myself doing that and hopefully touch a few people a long the way.
Your band is all girls! Was that a conscious decision?
It wasn’t like it has to be all girls but there are so many good female musicians around and I think there needs to be more of a balance, so if everyone who can be a good example of that then better because young girls can then be like ‘oh I can be a drummer! I can be a bass player.’ I think we all need to kind of push that for the younger generation.
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You’ve said previously that it’s important for music to be separate from the image…
Being a young woman a lot of the time it goes back to your looks and I’ve had that my whole life and that’s fine, you’ve got to love what you’ve been given, but a lot of the time I think that goes before what maybe you’re here to do or what you want to do or what you’ve been working on your whole life. I haven’t been working on the way I look for my whole life; the important thing here is what people take from the music because that’s literally your insides coming out.
So what’s your opinion on the likes of Miley Cyrus who arguably are more famous for their looks than their music?
I just think that as a female, especially growing up aware of those struggles - and I can only imagine that those are 10 fold now with what’s around us and the media and everything, - I feel like women in roles such as Miley Cyrus should be more careful; especially when your following is predominantly young females. You can’t hide them from everything but I feel like ‘alright, Miley Cyrus, then would you like your daughter to look at this seeing as she’s looked up to you for five years when you were a Disney star and overnight you’ve changed to doing this?’ People are always going to want to shock. And I think that’s the problem with what’s going on now in the media is everyone is pushing to shock at every point and within that a lot of the time the artistry is getting lost.
You’ve previously described yourself as a feminist. What does that word mean to you?
It just means equality for men and women. It’s got these really bad kind of connotations with it of like hating men but I love men and I love women and it should just be equal, it’s as simple as that.
And lastly, how would you describe your style?
I’m quite tall so I like to wear flats. It really depends day to day. I guess I’d say one of my style icons is Annie Hall. Comfort all the way! Comfort and warmth and looking after your body within that. Nothing looks worse than being uncomfortable and cold, I actually can’t watch it.
Rosie Lowe is set to perform on February 20th at Oslo in London.