"I would describe myself as an enigma" ... NADIA ROSE is a rapper from South London. She describes herself as an enigma and tells me that people only know her if she allows them to, otherwise people have to create their own perception from what she shows them.
One of the first questions that I asked Nadia Rose was how does she describes her music. She started of by telling me that she likes to call her music 'alternative rap' and that she is not following the guidelines whilst trying to venture out, attempting to bring back old sounds with new sounds that people are familiar with.
From listening to Nadia Rose's track 'Murder' you will understand exactly what type of sound she's bringing.
We then continued on and spoke about her connection with her audience when performing. Prior to the interview, I watched her 'On Road with Nadia Rose', which shows Nadia performing at different events. What I loved about her stage presence was the way she was able to hype her crowd using her charisma and confidence. She said "I like to think that it's more then just music, I think I show my character through what I do as well". Her audience is then capable of seeing that she is not being reserved. People like and appreciate performers like this.
I asked Nadia what her greatest achievement has been so far. She expressed to me that she feels that her greatest achievement has been the progression she has made. From releasing her music completely in July 2014, to performing at her first open mic also in July 2014 and by January 2015 she began headlining shows.
Learning about artists' progression is very inspiring to me. Finding out about how quickly Nadia Rose has progressed and gained a name for herself is mind blowing, especially because she seemed like a very down to earth and humble person.
"I plan to wreak havoc on the world", says Nadia Rose's when I asked what her future goals and achievements were, it's all music for her. She's building her fan base and foundation, whilst sharing her love.
I went on to ask about her name and the use of 'Rose', I felt that the sound she is bringing is the complete opposite to her name. She then told me that her birth name is Nadia Rose and her story goes back to her school days, where there was two Nadia's in her class and everyone used her surname to differentiate between the two,"It just stuck.. sounds kinda sexy as well".
She is not a 'female MC'. Nadia explained to me why she doesn't call herself a female MC. This conversation began when I asked her how she feels about being a female MC in a male dominating industry. "I am music"; Nadia feels that females are boxed in enough and by referring and relating herself to gender roles, she feels as though she is boxed in even more. However she does feel that being a women in the industry has pros and cons but at the end of the day she is coming for everyone, man or women. I LOVE THIS! Nadia rose has the perfect state of mind, talking to her has shown me that there are no limits or boundaries for her or her music, we need more people with the mind of Nadia Rose in the world.
Finally I asked Nadia Rose when she fell in love with rap. She opens up and tells me that she fell in love with rap when she was at her lowest point, she picked up a pen and decided to write, nothing else made any sense at that point and she is thankful for this.
A rose from the concrete.
Her performance at I AM NEXT was energetic, charismatic and entertaining. I look forward to the havoc!
To listen to the interview with Nadia Rose - https://soundcloud.com/larose-8