Interview with Elena Roxy Rose

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Very young. I could play 5 instruments by the time I was 10. I started writing my own songs around this age. My first performance of an original song was to the top deck of a` 221 in Finchley. It was a pop song called ‘I want you’. I was playing my child sized acoustic guitar, singing and my girlfriends were on backing vocals. We were 13 at the time.

Who inspired me? It’s hard to say as I don’t listen to music. At least not in the conventional sense. There’s no music on my phone. I have never downloaded anything. I can count the number of CDs I bought as a teenager on one hand. But I played saxophone in big band orchestras for years on end. I’ve spent hours upon hours of my life fine tuning my vocal skills simply for the sheer joy it brings me. Everyone I’ve lived with or been in a relationship with has played music of all kinds continuously. Music is everywhere and it seems to live in me. But it does so as music, not words and labels. I write entire compositions in my head; a rare talent shared by the likes of Mozart. I could read music from a young age that would translate to impressive recitals but my teachers were surprised I couldn’t tell them the names of notes or know the name of which key I was playing in! If I had to name names, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Pearl Jam all spring to mind but I wouldn’t say these are my greatest inspirations. I know hundreds of musicals by heart too and I’m sure this has had some impact. But, overall I’d say my greatest inspirations have been emotions, life itself and every amateur or professional DJ or performer I’ve had the pleasure of sharing ears with.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

As explained above, I couldn’t say. My unconventionality in regards to the fact I don’t really listen to music has a profound impact on what I create now. I have never been tied down to only MY genre of music that I’m into. I love music. Every kind. This has allowed for me to create a fresh and unique genre all of my own. It is a reflection of me. Not a reflection of a style I’ve been into.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?


As long as I can remember. My whole life basically.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I’ve been shortlisted to support an X-factor person for a Christmas light switch on in the midlands this year. I’ll keep my sites posted if I get it. I’ve performed the gig scenes of London in the past but this last year i was more focused on recording the album. I also had to take 6 months out recently as I was in residential treatment in Canada for an eating disorder that had me suicidal. I’m well now though. They managed to help screw my head back on.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t really differentiate between music and life. Music IS life that’s why our hearts have a beat! My favourite moment in life was the realisation that who I am is not what my food is doing. My worthiness doesn’t dip and wane with a number on the scale. My loveliness, my beauty doesn’t correlate with an image in the mirror. Who I am is life. I am music. I am Love. Just like you.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Tinder lately. Lol

No. I keep my Facebook and Twitter pretty up to date. My music is on Soundcloud and there’s even more of it on ReverbNation. Here’s my links…