Singer/songwriter/producer Jen Urban, also known as R0ze Gld, has released a new dreamy art Pop self titled debut EP! Featuring emotional and danceable new songs, the EP explores human connections and one’s higher self. Check out our interview where we discuss her favorite track, her inspirations and more!
Congratulations on the release of your self-titled EP!! What’s the most important thing you want listeners to remember while they listen to your songs?
Thank you! This Album is a reflection of a lifelong journey from darkness to light. They are all love songs, but only a couple even reference romantic love. They are love songs to humanity, my struggle, my family, creatives, and all of you.
Which song on the EP is the most important to you and why?
“Put It In The Music” – It’s the second track and it’s greatly influenced by my journey from female artist to female artist/producer. Production is an intimidating and still a male dominated field, I had to get through a lot of fear and self doubt to get here. I also absolutely LOVE the verse Secnerio added. He is super talented.
What inspired you to pursue music?
I was 7 yrs. old when I wrote my first song (like many kids do) and my mom treated it like I was a genius, lol. I guess that positive reinforcement led to more and for a while it was a way to feel like I was good at something. An escape from fear. Now it feels like an expression of something way bigger than me. I think we create from a place outside our own understanding.
What do you hope your listeners take away from listening to your music?
I hope, they feel hope. There is a lot of joy and connection in this album, I hope the love that went into creating it comes through when you listen to it.
Is there anything you’re really looking forward to after this quarantine is over?
Hugs! Touring and playing in front of an actual live audience. I am doing Livestreams and it’s great to have an outlet to connect with an audience, but there is nothing like the energy that fills a room at a in person live show. Performance for me isn’t one sided.
Do you go to one specific place when you start writing your music? How important is the location where you write your lyrics for you?
No, I literally write everywhere. Thank god for voice memo and notes on my phone. I do love writing in nature though. I live in Brooklyn so I really appreciate it when I am in it. I’m a California girl at heart.
Do you ever get nervous before you play music live?
Not too much anymore, but when I do, I try to turn it into energy I can use onstage. Anytime I do something new (like livestreams) I get a little pang of butterflies.
Social media is incredibly important during these times. How have you been able to use it to connect with your listeners?
It is, and honestly its been a challenge. I spend a lot of time on music so finding time to “create content” is hard. I try to just be myself and hop on whenever I can. I am also co-producing Zoom and IG versions of live shows I did before quarentine. @torchpartynyc and a new show called Queen keep me online at least once or twice a week.
How has this time of quarantine affected you creatively?
Actually, I feel very inspired! I think a lot of artists do. I am doing a lot of studio production. I will probably go through a lyric writing surge after this is over. I write the most in reflection.
Do you have any new releases planned for this year?
I will be releasing a couple collaborations, some remixes, and definitely music videos!
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