By Nicholas Jason Lopez
On Aug. 21, 2020, independent United States-Polish artist Karolina Rose released her second EP, ‘Rosemary,’ which contains tales of love, loss and healing.
Her most recent music video “Runaway Angels” was unveiled in late July, a power-pop anthem track that was written in support of sexual assault survivors. The EP, which was produced by Elliot Jacobson (Allie X, VÉRITÉ), also features a cover of Shakira’s “Objection,” in a reimagined style.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Rose about ‘Rosemary’ and more.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your second EP?
Karolina Rose – It was pretty awesome. I got to work with a team of mega-talented musicians and overall good humans. Elliot Jacobson co-wrote and produced the songs with me. It was a super open and supportive creative environment. We made all the music in NYC.
Music Bugle – What made you want to cover Shakira’s “Objection”?
Karolina Rose – This song was sentimental more than anything. Before I even recorded my first original, this used to be my go-to song to perform at karaoke bars. I used to go after work totally sober just to sing. I adore Shakira. She’s an incredibly sexy, musical, talented goddess. I just kinda randomly started singing and rapping it for Elliot one day during a session and he really felt that we could make a nice tribute to Shakira while also making it our own. I’m happy with how it turned out and I still enjoying performing it now in my band shows!
Music Bugle – Which music video was your favorite to shoot?
Karolina Rose – “Runaway Angels.” We got so much good footage that we could have made three different music videos. Instead, we tried to include a little bit of everything. The most important scenes were included. There really is much left behind though, sadly.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs was the hardest for you to write or compose?
Karolina Rose – “Runaway Angels” – this song was written during the thick of the #metoo movement as a chant or prayer in the name of supporting all womxn, the Angels, who have experienced some nonconsensual sexual touch or harassment.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Karolina Rose – I took the time early on in March and April to go within spiritually and also confront my biggest inner demons. It was no easy, light-hearted task and it felt nothing short of transformational. There was no time for much else. I then felt refreshed and anew and started planning the rest of the ‘Rosemary’ release.
Music Bugle – What has been the most productive thing you’ve done while in quarantine?
Karolina Rose – I’d say the inner work I talked about in my previous answer. It’s something that really set me up to live a healthier life and focus on what’s truly important to me.
Music Bugle – What do you miss the most about performing in front of a live crowd?
Karolina Rose – The adrenaline thrill and connecting closely with other humans.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
Karolina Rose – I dabbled in professional tennis and played D1 in college. I am a tango dancer.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you feel a need to escape?
Karolina Rose – Blindfold myself and meditate, nature walks, whatever’s feasible.
Music Bugle – If you had the chance to travel back to this past New Year’s Eve, what would you tell yourself about 2020?
Karolina Rose – “Patience with yourself, Karolina, patience.”