Crystal Rose – It’s Raining in Here [interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Imaginative, sensitive, innovative

You blend vocals with electronics in a very interesting way. What comes first in your music? Lyrics or music? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

The electronic part of the vocals was a lot of fun- it’s mostly me singing through a guitar wave pedal. The first time I tried it out, drummer Guy Paz turned the dial on the pedal while I improvised background vocals over some of the songs. Andrew Forman added on some reverb and sounds during his mixing process. As for my writing process, I think everything stems from improvisation. For most of the songs on this album, lyrics and music grew simultaneously. I draw from journal entries for inspiration- try to let the song just happen. “All We Can Do” and “Pancit” were co-written with Guy Paz. On “Pancit” he set up the “overseas family” section on guitar and I added the melody/lyrics. “All We Can Do” was an improvised session that grew between us as he played drums and I sang/played guitar.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

All these songs felt very real to myself in the moment when I was writing them. “Mud Wood Stone” was one piece I had to stick with and mold until it felt right to the meaning, so I guess it’s extra personal. It speaks to creative openness-and connecting womanhood to the generations of women before. “Cycle” was one that sprouted in a quick couple of hours- the drums were prominent in my head- so it’s particularly special to me too. And “Pancit”! Because it’s inspired by my mom’s story- growing up in the Philippines.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I am inspired by so many ! Guy Paz’s innovation and energy on the drums. Andrew Forman’s mixing and special sounds. Nick Hakim and his mentorship. Solange! Kate Bush the queen. Ever innovative Betty Carter. Of course Bjork. Brooklyn muses like Xenia Rubinos, Noia, Annique Monet, Alyssa Mcdoom, Judette Elliston, Louisa Rosi… many… Milton Nacimento!

What would you change in the music industry?

Oy. I work. And then spend it to work on these projects. It’s hard. So something to make it easier?

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Mermaids with Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci. 💙

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I wasn’t “in” trouble too much but I’ve had to “deal with” a good amount of troubles. That’s a little vague because these things are difficult to talk about.

Thank you!

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