Rosi Golan

Rosi Golan is the electronic pop artist you don’t realize you’ve heard of – even if her name doesn’t roll familiar off your tongue, her music still rings intimately in your ears, and truth be told, we’re lucky that Rosi is still producing such memorable sounds. The Israel-born, Brooklyn-based artist has toured with the likes of William Fitzsimmons, Todd Snider, Mindy Smith, Greg Laswell, Joshua Radin, and/or Carina Round and has written with some of the best song writers in the world, but it wasn’t too long ago that Golan was on hiatus in Paris, determined where her next steps might land. Happily for us, they’ve landed on a new record titled Collecting Bullets, which contains fresh collaborations with the likes of Madi Diaz, PEV alum Greg Laswell, among others. We asked Rosi to tell us all about the new work – she Rosi Golan10_previewsaid, “I think they can expect something new and different. The process was lengthy, because it really took me a while to find the direction that truly felt right. I actually recorded a whole other EP and scrapped it, which was something I had never done before.” Click to to sample Collecting Bullets for yourself – it’s an excellent listen that deserves your attention. And keep reading. There’s still so much more to learn in all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Rosi Golan (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?  

Rosi Golan (RG): That’s always a tough question. But I feel like the new stuff is best described as Pop/Electronic.

PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

RG: I was into a pretty healthy mix. I definitely went through a huge grunge stage. Always loved pop music, and since I grew up listening to it with my family, there was always Middle Eastern music in the mix. My first concert was The Beach Boys with my parents!

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like? 

RG: I started with lots of open mics, and honestly it was the most supportive and awesome community of musicians – some of which I am still friends with today. My first show was scary but so exhilarating. I am so lucky to have a family that is truly supportive, so they brought out the troops.

Rosi Golan25_previewPEV: What can fans expect from a live Rosi Golan show?

RG: Hopefully the full range of human emotions, ha! I’ve been known to write a sad song or two, but there is also lots of hope there. And occasionally I may crack a joke. Or at LEAST try.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform? 

RG: Hmm, I think I just try to leave all my thoughts behind actually. I try to just focus on the lyrics ahead of me and connecting to the audience.

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

RG: The energy. Sometimes I go through these moments when I haven’t played in a while and I forget that. But then I get on stage, and if you’re having a great show, you gain so much energy from your audience. It makes all the other stuff worth fighting through to get to that moment.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? 

RG: It is ever-changing, because everything is constantly changing. I write what I know, so it is generally personal.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

RG: Absolutely. Sometimes I miss working in a restaurant and still working on my first record, when everything felt simple and brand new. But mostly I am so grateful everything worked out as it did. No matter how crazy this music thing gets, I have been extremely fortunate to get to do what I do for a living.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

RG: I am an accent-aholic. I pride myself on being able to place accents within hearing a few words from someone. And if I can’t place it, I NEED to know where they’re from. It will drive me crazy otherwise.

PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?

RG: I generally turn to travel if I can. And if I can’t, throwing some headphones on and going for long walks always gets my brain moving. Also, sometimes it’s ok to just walk away for a while. That’s a hard one to remember, but important.

Rosi GolanCollecting_Bullets_previewPEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?

RG: Oh my gosh. How hasn’t it? I feel like since I started it has changed like 10 times. But the most blaring change to me is so much content. There is just SO much music, it’s hard to keep up. And people consume it so fast, so being someone that takes their time writing records…that is sometimes a lot to live up to.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest album, Collecting Bullets? What was the writing process like for this work? 

RG: I think they can expect something new and different. The process was lengthy, because it really took me a while to find the direction that truly felt right. I actually recorded a whole other EP and scrapped it, which was something I had never done before.

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

RG: Oh yeah. Asia! I have never been, and there are so many parts I want to visit. Sooooo, if anyone is reading this in like Japan, China, Thailand…

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

RG: My family and friends are all really supportive!

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

RG: I love to cook, hang with friends, and daydream about more travels.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

RG: I would have loved to work with Leonard Cohen. Presently I’m super into Haim – those girls kick ass. I always wished I was in a family band.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

RG:  My current favorite is Ethan Gruska.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?

RG: I feel like maybe I’d make a good spy; I love to travel, I am very curious, and I speak several languages.

PEV: So, what is next for Rosi Golan?

RG: A slice of pie and bed. It’s like 1am.

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