Refrain Interview: Jasmine Rose

Jasmine Rose is a 21 year old Actress and Singer/Songwriter from Porthcawl, South Wales. She has been performing since the tender age of 3. Knowing acting and singing was the only career for her, she has been fortunate enough to train and perform with ‘Bridgend Youth Theatre’, ‘It’s my Shout’ films and ‘The Performance House’ in Wales, ‘Guilford School of Acting’ in London, ‘Diverse Dance School’ & ‘Dubai Performing Arts’ in the UAE and iPOP in Los Angeles.

Jasmine has won various singing competitions, performed on Virgin Radio, completed a West End Tour of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and undertaken many lead roles over the years including; ‘Dodger’ in Oliver, ‘Liezel’ in Sound of Music, ‘Meatloaf’ in We Will Rock You and most recently, ‘Hodel’ in Fiddler on the Roof. Jasmine is currently in her final year of an Acting degree in Bristol and is turning dreams into reality; by composing, playing, writing, singing and producing all her own music.

We had the opportunity to chat with Jasmine for our Refrain Interview Series.

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now, what’s it called?

Jasmine Rose: The single is called ‘In The City’

RMB: What’s the single about?

JR: The single is about the hectic life of late nights, bright lights, infused with effects of alcohol and drugs whilst living in the city. It is about what is shown to the world and what is not shown. The lonely mornings, the real emotions of people who use these certain things as escapes in life.

RMB: And you record everything yourself right? What’s that like?

JR: I have written, recorded, played and produced the single independently. This particular song took a while to finish because it meant so much to me. It was very personal and I wanted to make sure it was right! I recorded everything in my bedroom, late at night. I wrote it while I was away from the city, when we went into the first lockdown. I feel as though the space from the city allowed me to see the deeper meanings of not only my life, but the lives of others around me.

RMB: Is it part of a larger album?

JR: Yes, it is. It is a part of my album called ‘Inner City’. Most of the songs are personal to me, I’ve poured my heart and soul into them. The album itself is almost laid out as a story for people to be able to experience and relate too.

RMB: When is that album out?

JR: The album was released on Friday the 26th of February.

RMB: How many songs are on the album?

JR: There are eight songs all together.

RMB: And this is your first album, right?

JR: This is my first album. However, I have released two singles previous to this called ‘Free’ and ‘Paradise’ 

RMB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start pursuing music?

JR: Music has been a part of my life since a very early age, but I started pursuing music more seriously when I was a young teen. I have always written my own music; however, it wasn’t until last year that I built up the courage to start releasing my music independently. I am honestly so proud of what I have achieved so far and I can’t wait to keep growing as an individual as well as with my music.

RMB: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

JR: Ed Sheeran will always be a big influence and love of mine, my other influences are Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, Etta James, Stereophonics, so many more!! as well as a background in Musical Theatre. 

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

JR: I have had some wonderful experiences so far and feel really blessed to have performed in London, Dubai, LA and in my home country, Wales, but I’m genuinely most proud of the fact that I’ve taken the time to learn how to write, play and produce my music independently, which has now led to releasing music for others to listen to.

RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

JR: Alternative/experimental pop with an edge that pulls far enough away from convention to intrigue the ear, yet remains intelligently coherent enough to indulge in. It’s real. Raw, modern, diverse. 

RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

JR: The best advice came from a poem my Oupa gave to me when my Nanna passed away last year:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool, 
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,
To reach out for another is to risk involvement,
To express your feelings is to risk exposing your true self. 
To love is to risk being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure. 
But risks must be taken because 
The greatest hazard is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, has nothing,
Is nothing, does nothing…..
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, 
But simply cannot learn, feel, change, 
grow, love… LIVE.
Chained by attitudes we become slaves,
Forfeit freedom, 
only the person who takes risk is free.

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

JR: Don’t be afraid of what others think, you only get one chance to live your life. It can delay your growth, creativity and happiness… So do what makes you happy and whatever allows you to love yourself.

RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?

JR: For this project… producing music videos! Really looking forward to that and then I will be working on music for a summer release. It will show off a different style and I am very excited about it!

RMB: Anything we haven’t thought of that you want to talk about? Now is the time! 

JR: I would love you all to know how much it means to me that you’re even reading this right now!! I can’t believe how far I’ve come and I can’t to wait to share this journey with you. I hope you love the EP as much as I do. Thank you once again and look after yourself. Stay kind x 

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