Katy Rose has been making her mark on the music industry since the age of 15. Her debut album, Because I Can, was released in 2004 when she was just 16. “Overdrive,” her first single, was featured as the opening song for the major motion picture Mean Girls, and “Lemon,” also from Because I Can, was featured in the film Thirteen. Rose released her second album, Candy Eyed, in 2007. Since then, she has been working as a songwriter and spending time writing new material for her newest project, a three-part EP. In a recent conversation with Katy Rose, she spoke about her love for music, finding inspiration, and her excitement for the future.
What first drew you to music?
Well, I mean, I was literally born into it, in that both of my parents are professional musicians. So, not only was I surrounded by music growing up, but I also grew up in the business in Los Angeles. A lot of people, if their parents were musicians, would have become accountants or lawyers, but I guess I just sort of fell into music. It wasn’t a conscious decision.
You’re currently working on a three-part EP series. When will that be released?
The first one will be this autumn, then the second in the new year, around late January or early February, and then the third in the Spring. So I’m slowly leaking stuff out, setting myself up for some months of releases which I’m really excited about.
That’s amazing! What can we expect from this new EP?
You can expect a pretty eclectic group of songs. I think, although there are quite a few ballads or slower tempo songs, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock to fans from before. I think its a pretty natural development in my writing, but certainly the writing has changed a bit since I’ve had more time to study songwriting. But I’m definitely excited to hear what people think.
“Bleed” is a very vulnerable song. What was the inspiration behind it?
I just thought after writing songs for other people over the last few years, and for myself, you get a lot of songs that are about relationships; the relationship with yourself and unrequited love, so I thought it would be an interesting twist to do an unrequited love song but from the reverse perspective of what the narrator usually is. So, in this case, this is, you know, from the point of view of the person who is loved and doesn’t really love back. It was inspired definitely from some of my own experiences, as most of my songs are.
What has your journey in the music industry been like so far? Best moments?
My journey in the music business has been such an adventure. It’s been nuts in the most amazing way, in ways I could have never imagine. I’ve been able to do such incredible things. I signed my first record deal when I was barely 15, so when I was a teenager I was touring and on tour buses for my own band, which was amazing. I’ve gotten to play all over the world, which has been a thrill, and play with some artists that I love and respect so much. Those have been some of my favorite moments. I’ve also gotten to live in some amazing cities being a songwriter over the past few years. I get to do what I love — to do and that’s the best part.
What are you most excited for?
I’m really excited to get this batch of songs to come out because I’ve been working on them for some time, which has been really good and I feel really fortunate that I’ve been able to do that, but I definitely feel ready to give birth to them into the world and just let them out. I’m also really excited to start the next project and see where to go from here.