Rosie Abbott is a cool and fab singer/songwriter based in Nottingham.
She’s a great musician (who also makes a mean sock monkey) – we particularly like her song Woodpigeon Translation. To find out more about Rosie and her most excellent music, check out her website www.rosieabbott.co.uk
So, onto the nitty gritty Rosie…
1. Where were you born?
I was born in Nottingham.
2. Where did you grow up?
3. What jobs have you had? (Any jobs before you became an artist/musician etc)
I worked part-time as a library assistant for many years. It was great having a job that I enjoyed and paid the bills but also gave me the time to pursue my musical career.
4. What got you started?
I’ve always loved music and from a very early age I used to borrow my dad’s keyboard so that I could come up with little tunes of my own!
5. How old were you when you started?
I was probably about 11 years old when I recorded my first instrumental. I used to hold a microphone up to the keyboard and record my music onto a cassette tape!
6. Did you do any training? Where did you study?
I left school after my A-Levels – up until that point I’d not had any formal musical training and I didn’t take music as an option at GCSE or A-Level. I saw an advert in the paper for a course in contemporary popular music and performance at my local college and successfully auditioned for a place there. I studied for three years and it was the first opportunity I’d had to perform my music in front of other people.
7. What was the first piece of work you did?
My first official release was my self titled album released in 2010. Although I’d made some songs available online before that, this was the first time people could actually buy a physical CD.
8. What piece of work are you proudest of?
I’m proud of both the albums I’ve made (Rosie Abbott and After Image), because I’ve done it all by myself without the support of a band or producer or record label. I set myself the huge task of not only writing the songs but also playing every instrument, recording, mixing and mastering the songs and designing the covers. It was a lot of hard work but ultimately very rewarding.
9. What are you best known for?
I’m not sure. I wouldn’t say that I’m very well known or that I have a huge following of fans, but those who do appreciate my music are very loyal and that means a lot. People seem to like my song Woodpigeon Translation because it’s quite unusual.
10. What do you like most about your art form?
I like the freedom of being able to express myself on my own terms and make something from nothing.
11. What are you working on now?
I’m currently writing and demoing some new songs and then hopefully I’ll start working on another album.
12. Describe your favourite kind of working day.
Once I get stuck into a song I’m working on I can easily spend an entire day with my headphones on recording and mixing until it’s finished. I’d love to do that all day everyday, but it probably wouldn’t be very healthy!
13. Who were your arts inspirations growing up?
I grew up in a household where good music was celebrated and my parents would play a lot of music from the 60s and 70s e.g The Beatles, The Kinks. In my teens I was really into Britpop, especially Blur, and they inspired me to learn the guitar.
14. Who are your arts inspirations now?
15. What top tip would you give to someone starting out in your artform?
My advice would be to be true to yourself and write from the heart. Never give up.