The 29th installment of our 12 Questions segment features Alice Rose. The Danish producer / vocalist has a new EP entitled ‘Into My Heart’ out this week on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music. Please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with her below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Alice Rose: The album: Eurythmics ‘Revenge’.– the first LP i got for xmas.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Alice Rose: I did my own radio shows as a girl, 5-6 years old. Would record them on cassette. Not sure it counts. My sister and I would write our own music and put it in the “hitlist”. We also did our own Eurovision Song contests. When I started getting interested in buying records I was too shy to enter the record stores. Only “older” guys in there, felt like they were staring, so I’d just borrow vinyls from my dad and got mix cassettes from friends. First “ real “ DJ experience was pretty late, in 2009 at a house party – I was usually more of a singer and performer than a DJ. That one night blew my mind though, it was such a great experience and I have enjoyed Djin ever since. I DJ with Ableton live, so I can mix in a lot of different elements, including new material I am working on.
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Alice Rose: Vinyl? OK, the first was probably: Pink Floyd – The Wall.
The last one is a few years ago…. (Bad vinyl customer, sorry). PJ Harvey – UHu Her. I enjoy my old records, and I have a bunch I get for free. I have the full collection I got from Basmati, Gabriel Ananda’s label, where I do the artwork as well as ocasional music.
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Alice Rose: 2002 performing in front of 8000 people at the Lowlands festival. That was crazy fun! And 2007 playing Eurosonic, SPOT and Roskilde in one year was great. But there are are highlights all along, just being able to continue to pursue my music, is fantastic. It is a choice, music is my passion – not rich and famous(yet)
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Alice Rose: Well, I think most things would be a surprise, as there is not much written about me. Maybe that I have to musical monikers, one is Alice Rose, electronic singer-songwriter- I used to perform with my drum machines in a nurse costumre, it was really arty. I am performer and singer when I am doing my Alice Rose material. Now I perform with electronics still, but use more live musicians in my band.
My other name is Tiger Rose, tech-house producer. I started that officially in 2011 with my first release on Basmati music and Manual. For years I was around techno music and got inspired to do my own tracks, it is music for dreams. It is a bit of a challange to keep both my pop and club music and going, is fruitful but also competes for my attention.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Alice Rose: Uhh, difficult to say, I think there are lots of talents out there that we don’t know about. I often discover talents late, years later. At the moment I really like “ Lydmor” and “Metal Mother”- both upcoming singers/ producers in the more indie-tronic part of the music scene. One was featured by Alle Farben recently, the other by the Glitch Mob, so I guess they discovered them already, haha. I know this chic called Tiger Rose/ Alice Rose, she is pretty cool too.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Alice Rose: Kolletiv Turmstrasse, Angelo Badalamenti( more of a composer I guess) Gabriel Ananda, in the last year: Eagles & Butterflies, N’to, Hannes Fischer and I am in love with Mark Mothersbaugh’s film music
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Alice Rose: Fat Boy Slim, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Hannes Fischer and Booka Shade could remix my tracks any time. I would like to remix an old Björk track. Especially one with orchestra on it, I love the lush string sound. Also I like Olafur Arnalds. Guess I am inspired by the icelandic vibe.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Alice Rose: Techno: Bedrock, Diynamic, Traum, Suara, Basmati. And a bunch of other tech and house labels are doing good stuff… In the indie scene it seems like a lot of the artists have there own tiny label and are licensed to a major who does all the distribution and promotion, I understand why they do that – that way they have a chance of getting heard.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Alice Rose: I don’t know… sorry! As Tiger Rose I will listen to random mixes online for inspiration, I’ll listen to Miss Kitten on mixcloud, f.ex. she does some nice DJ mixes at times. Also Gabriel Ananda’s Soulful tehcno podcast is good inspiration.
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Potobello mushroom with goat cheese filling, yum!
Drink: Coconut water, jasmine tea, mango juice, coconut rice milk
Animal: My dog Flip
TV Show: Orange is the new black
Movie: Haven’t seen a movie for ages!
Video Game: I don’t play video games
Album: Fresh new albums that I’ve heard are: The Glitch Mob, Alle Farben, Lana Del Rey and Mø –(pretty mainstream, I know)
Track / Song: Becoming Harmonious by The Glitch Mob, Walking Elephants by Ten Walls, Chandelier by Sia.
Producer / Band: N’to, Ten Walls, The Glitch Mob, Mø, etc. Ect.
Record Label: Basmati, Manual
Nightclub: Odonien, Cologne
DJ: Kolletiv Turmstrasse
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Alice Rose: Eternity by Gabriel Ananda & Alice Rose
Alice’s ‘Into My Heart’ is out now on Paul Haznedonk’s Manual Music, you can purchase the release: here