Next Wave Class Of 2014: Rosie Lowe

Working on instinct, whatever the situation...
Rosie Lowe shot for Clash by Liam MF Warwick

With a love of music pre-dating birth, Rosie Lowe found herself playing an impressive seven instruments by the time she was 13, and faced the decision of what to scale back as “it was getting a bit silly”.

However, despite such an impressive choice, she still found limitations in her abilities, explaining to Clash: “I’d get song ideas in the shower, run downstairs to the piano to play something, and it would be gone. All of these instruments I’d been studying were actually very limiting. I feel like my ear has always been a lot further than my fingers.”

Having always been a fan of electronic music and vocal manipulation, she decided to take up Logic and abandon her traditional instruments altogether.

“I think it’s really important to capture intensely how you’re feeling when you’re writing the song,” she says. “Because after that things can really change. I’m always putting ideas down into my iPhone. When I get an idea I just have to block everyone out. What’s the worst that could happen? People think you’re weird? There’s lots of weird people in London, and I love watching them. So I just think, ‘Come on, watch away. I’ll sing into my phone. I don’t mind.’”

This mindset has often found her in interesting situations – singing on buses, in the gym, and most impressively on the first date with her now boyfriend. Did she sneak off to the toilet to record?

“No!” she confesses, laughing, “I just did it right there. I just said ‘Sorry, I’ve just had an idea’ and started humming into my phone – he was pretty cool about it!”

After being picked up off the back of a gig by Domino Publishing, she was soon introduced to producers Dave Okumu (of The Invisible) and Kwes, who had been looking for a project to work on together. After initially trying one song, the trio ended up putting together the ‘Right Thing’ EP.

“It was seriously one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Rosie describes of the process. “I feel so thankful to have had two musicians who I admire so much to help me to tell my story. Especially ones who have such an understanding and sensitivity at such a fragile point in the process. It’s been really amazing, and will continue as they’re producing my debut album.” 

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WHERE: London

WHAT: Spacious alternative pop with R&B melodies

GET 3 SONGS: ‘Right Thing’ (video above), ‘10K Balloons’, ‘Games’

FACT: Exercise makes her sneeze for 24 hours afterwards.

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Words: Grant Brydon
Photo: Liam MF Warwick

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