London-based Producer Rosehip discusses forthcoming ‘Odyssey’ EP, inspiration, his van conversion project and more.
Hi Rosehip, welcome to Rave Arts! Where are we speaking to you from today? Hey, I’m speaking to you
Hi Rosehip, welcome to Rave Arts! Where are we speaking to you from today?
Hey, I’m speaking to you from London, UK
Can you tell us how you got into the music world?
When I was growing up, I learnt the piano, guitar and Trombone, however I first got into music production recording guitars into Ableton at around 16 years old. Over time, whilst being exposed to new and different types of music, I learnt how to produce new genres and sounds until I got into the idea of creating immersive electronic soundscapes and telling stories with my music.
Who were the producers that inspired you to start making your own beats?
Flume, Mura Masa, KOAN Sound, Skrillex and Disclosure to name a few.
Congratulations on your new track Bloom! Can you tell us about it and what the process was like?
Bloom is a relaxed lofi beat I made last summer. I was experimenting with recording vocal harmonies, adding pitch and formant shifting to create interesting tones and textures. Ended up with a nice riff so put a beat on it, added some extra layers and Bloom was created.
You are gearing up to release your Odyssey EP later this year. How has the response been to the tracks you’ve released from it so far?
The response so far has been fantastic! For me, Odyssey forms part of my career-defining body of work. It’s the music and level of production I’ve always aspired to and I believe listeners can hear this being the next stage of my career.
We hear you have been working on a van conversion project. Can you tell us about the process and what the future holds for it?
Yes, I have been working on a tailor-made van conversion project to allow me to travel and make music on the road inspired by the beautiful places I visit. It’s fair to say there have been a fair number of problems along the way; breakdowns, huge repair bills and unforeseen obstacles. However, it’s all worth it to wake up next to a lake in the middle of nowhere after a night of producing some of the most inspired music I’ve ever made. Very excited to go on some bigger trips, making music and documenting the process along the way!
What were the highlights of 2022 for you?
The release of my debut album ‘Origins’ was a highlight of 2022. Musically it serves as a blueprint for the Rosehip sound and brand moving forward, telling the ‘origin story’ if you will. Whilst it was always just a stepping stone on the way to bigger things, so many problems arose and got in the way of its release. When it finally came out it was such a relief and allowed me to ultimately focus on the next chapter of my career.
What do you hope to achieve in 2023?
In 2023 my main goal is to have fun! I’ve spent so much time the past few years working unbelievably hard on making and releasing music and on my van conversion. Now I just want to go out and enjoy myself and any music I make along the way is a satisfying bonus!
What are your other hobbies outside of music and travel?
I love cooking, playing sports like tennis and football and anything DIY.
What are some events or clubs you’d like to play?
I think my music is perhaps more suited to beaches, parks and more relaxed outdoor events. However, being a Londoner I would love to play at places like Printworks, Koko and Brixton Academy. Maybe one day with the right sort of music.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Hard work is very important, but having fun is more important.
Best and worst thing about your job?
It can be isolating at times and requires a lot of hard work on music production, engineering and of course admin. However, hearing that other people also enjoy my music is extremely rewarding.
Who would be your dream to work with?
Probably a vocalist or filmmaker like Amber Mark or Peter McKinnon
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
A lazy morning and a big brunch!
What do you like to watch on TV?
Something along the lines of Peep show, David Attenborough or The Wire.
What is your favorite healthy food?
A freshly picked ripe tomato with some flaky salt.
And your favorite cheat food?
Steak, ribs or burgers if done well.
Where we can follow you?
In order to be right all of the time, you have to be prepared to change your mind.
Any kind of sweet cocktail.
Currently, Eternal Euphoria by Richie Blacker.
My Octopus teacher.