We get to know Talia Rose, a fresh new artist from the Gold Coast who’s just dropped her debut single ‘Losing My Mind’.
That track, according to the singer herself, is about “a relationship that isn’t working even though you want it to” and gives us an indication that Talia’s a young woman not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve and put out a cracking piece of pop music as a result.
But enough of our blabbering… join us as we delve a little deeper into the world of Talia Rose.
1. Name : Talia Rose.
2. Where are you based? I’m currently based on the Gold Coast.
3. How did you get your start in music? I honestly just grew up surrounded by music. My parents both were really involved in country music awards back in my home town and my mum is a professional musician and music teacher, so I’ve been singing for pretty much as long as I could talk.
When I was three I started singing in country music competitions, which is where I first had any experience performing, and I absolutely loved it right from the start!
4. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Truthful, dedicated, critical, unique, authentic.
5. Tell us a bit about your sound and how it developed. It’s really just been developed through a lot of experimentation with my producer. We tried really hard to find a good blend between some of the artists that I’m really influenced by and also make it my own sound rather than a copy of someone else’s.
I love such a broad repertoire of music, so I wanted to be able to play with genres a bit and experiment a lot with my music.
6. What’s your earliest musical memory? I remember being really little and my mum was competing in a music competition, and she brought me on stage with her to sing.
7. Who have been your musical influences? Growing up, I was so in love with Missy Higgins, Brooke Fraser and Amy Winehouse. I would say though that artists like Melanie Martinez, Billie Eilish and Benee have really influenced the type of music that I want to make.
8. What are your favourite songs of all time? I love a lot of older music like ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Queen or ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by Etta James. I feel like I’ll never get over them, they’re just classics.
At the moment though I’m listening to ‘High School’ by Alexander23 which I’m just so obsessed with. Honestly though every time I hear a song I haven’t heard in a while I could swear it was my favourite.
9. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? One of my friends and I used to drive to a lookout at nights and listen to music in the car. That’s probably my favourite place to listen to music. Cars in general are the best place to listen to music in my opinion – you can feel it all around you, it’s the best!
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling…
Happy : Sticky Fingers or Benee.
Sad : Jessie Reyez, Rhys Lewis or Chelsea Cutler.
Introspective : Billie Eilish or Missy Higgins.
Exhausted : Daughter or The Eden Project.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Adele’s ’21’.
12. Give us a fun little fact about yourself that people may not know. I’m petrified of birds.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I was studying communications and journalism for a while and wanted to go into digital journalism and entertainment writing, so I probably would’ve gone down that field of music wasn’t an option.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I’ve got to believe in myself, which sounds so cliche and obvious, but it’s probably the best advice I’ve ever been given. I always wanted to pursue music, but I didn’t have enough confidence in myself so I always talked myself out of it.
One day though I called my friend saying I really wanted to make my own music but I didn’t think I was good enough. She told me that if I didn’t believe in myself enough to try then I’d regret it for my whole life.
I’m so glad I listened to her, because now I get to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing, and without listening to the people telling me that I had to believe in myself, I probably never would’ve even tried.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? My debut single ‘Losing My Mind’ was played on the radio for the first time, which was probably the craziest experience of my life. I definitely cried a bit when I heard it!
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? I don’t really think I’ve had any super strange experiences as such, but I always find it really crazy when I see an article about me or hear that someone heard my song on the radio. That’s still pretty strange to me, but it’s so awesome though!
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? I reckon I’d probably trade places with Kehlani. I’ve been following her for a while now, and especially through quarantine it’s been so interesting watching how she’s found creative ways to still create music and film music videos and all that she’s doing with her collaboration with HP Intersections.
I just have a lot of respect for her as an artist and she’s absolutely killing it!
18. Tell us about your debut release. My debut single ‘Losing My Mind’ is about a relationship I was in a while ago that was starting to fall apart and really taking a toll on me. The love was there, but we had a lot going on that was making it really hard to make our relationship work, even though we wanted to.
I was right in the thick of it all when I was writing it, and it’s such an honest depiction of what I was feeling at the time. I just felt really desperate because I didn’t want to let go.
After hearing the final track for the first time though, I kind of realised that I wasn’t going to be happy if I kept putting myself through that anymore. You can still love someone even if you have to let them go.
‘Losing My Mind’ was really about me realising that.
19. What do your future plans involve? I have some new music in the works at the moment to look forward to in the near future which is really exciting. In the meantime though, I really want to transition over to doing music full time through gigs and releasing my own stuff, and then who knows what’s going to happen from there!
20. Where can our audience catch you live? I do a few gigs around the Gold Coast at the moment, so you can always check my Instagram to see if I have any coming up!