We sat down with emerging singer/songwriter Talia Rose (19) about her first song that launched this month, her overall vision with her music, and her dream collaboration.
When did you realise you loved music?
I don’t think there was really a moment where I realised, I just always have. I grew up in a family that loved and valued music, so I was surrounded by it my whole life. I feel pretty lucky in that sense; I was always encouraged to sing and learn new instruments, and when I told my family that I wanted to pursue music seriously, they were all very supportive from the start.
There are little moments all the time that make me fall in love with music all over again though, whether it be hearing a new song that just speaks to me, or coming up with an awesome lyric for a track I’m working on, or having a crowd sing along at a gig. Music makes me feel things that nothing else does, and I am so grateful that it’s always played such a huge role in my life.
Have you performed anywhere live before?
Plenty of times! The first performance I ever did was when I was three and competed in a country music competition in my hometown – which I did until I was 10.
I’ve also been in loads of different singing groups and musicals during my school years, performed in songwriting competitions, played at different events and functions – the list goes on. At the moment, I gig around the Gold Coast and I’m hoping to be doing that full time soon.
When does your first song come out? And what is it about/what is its message?
My first single, ‘Losing My Mind,’ just came out on the 18th of September. At the time of writing it, I was in a long-distance relationship that just wasn’t working out. We were trying to hold onto something that wasn’t healthy anymore, and even though we loved each other, I think we had underestimated how difficult it was going to be to move past the ways we’d hurt each other and find a way to make us work.
I don’t think I was thinking much about a message when I was writing it, I just was in pain and wanted to let my feelings out, and then when I got the final version of the song and listened to it, it was kind of a lightbulb moment where I realised that I didn’t need to keep putting myself through something that was making me feel so empty. So, I would say the message of the song is that it’s okay to accept that you have to let someone go in order to be happy. Sometimes it’s better to keep the good moments you have with a person as happy memories, rather than driving yourself crazy trying to get back what you lost.
What is your overall vision when it comes to your music?
I don’t want my music to fit into just one box. I have so many different influences in music and I listen to a range of different genres that I think I would feel restricted if I decided to only write music that sounds one particular way for the rest of my career. I want to create my own “box”, where the music that I’m writing is right for me and it’s real and people can connect with it.
Who would be your dream collaboration/s?
Billie Eilish, for sure. She’s by far my favourite artist right now. I love every song she’s ever released and she’s had such a huge influence on the kind of music I listen to and want to write. Working with her on a track would be so insanely amazing – I’d probably die if it ever happened!
What are some of the biggest challenges of starting out in the music industry at such a young age?
I would say the hardest part about starting out in the industry is learning how to believe in yourself. It’s really easy to get caught up in negativity and self-doubt, especially when you’re trying to put yourself out there.
The fact is that there are most likely going to be a lot of people who don’t like what you do or think that you don’t deserve a shot, but you can’t let that hold you back. You’re going to have doors shut in your face, but if you believe enough in yourself then it won’t matter because moments like that won’t make you want to quit, it’ll motivate you to work harder.
What is something you’ve learned about the industry during Covid-19?
I wasn’t really too involved in the industry prior to Covid-19, so most of what I’ve learnt has been during the pandemic. However, I’d say one thing in particular is that you really have to take initiative, especially when starting out. During lockdown, most musicians were out of work, the gig economy took a huge hit, and it was so much harder getting access to resources like recording studios.
It would’ve been so easy to sit around and do nothing, but instead I learned that I had to use that time to be resourceful and find new ways to network, or prepare for when gigs open up again, or write more. There are so many different resources online and ways you can put yourself out there that I didn’t even know existed until lockdown. You can have a team behind you, but at the end of the day no one can make things happen except for you, and you need to take initiative to keep moving forward.
Who are some of your personal favourite artists?
At the moment, I’m really into a lot of alternative pop artists like Billie Eilish, Melanie Martinez and BENEE. I’m a huge fan of people pushing the box with their music, and I feel like all of them do an awesome job of that. I’m also a huge fan of Kehlani and Jessie Reyez – their music makes me cry, they’re so talented.
Image 1: Rob Johnson
Image 2: 'Losing My Mind' cover art. Photo Credits: Rob Johnson
Image 3: Gigging at 'The Avenue', Gold Coast. Photo Credits: Renee Rowles