HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH ROSEN
Who is ROSEN? Where you’re from, how you met, how long have you been playing together etc: Rosen is a cyberpunk band that fusing rock, nu-metal, hip-hop, and electronic music. Our band consists of Frisco (drums), Matt Ress (guitar), Kam Ikaze (bass), Cole Sław (keys), and Frhetoric (vocals) together from Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Iran. We formed in late 2016 and started playing live in June 2017.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it? The name Rosen is taken from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, which is set in a dystopian world where manufactured androids have become virtually indistinguishable from humans. The ominous messages in dystopian novels like 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, etc, are as relevant today as they've ever been. We try to reflect those messages in our songs.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be? Frisco, Matt, Kam, Slaw, Frhetoric.
Who are your biggest influences musically? Individual influences are too numerous to list. Collectively, we're heading in the direction of Hacktivist, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park, System of a Down, P.O.D., Faith No More, Papa Roach, and Tech N9ne.
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far? Our debut EP (which is out 27/07) has been received very positively in music venues, on the radio, and on blogs, both in the UK and overseas.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why? It's a tough one because there aren't nu-metal bands around these days. We would probably go down well on a Hacktivist tour because we're UK based, our music is quite heavy and features a lot of rap.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be? Krizz Kaliko on vocals, Wes Borland on guitar, Travis Barker on drums, Flea on bass, and Scott Storch on keys.
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before? Surprising. Because there are so few similar bands on the UK scene, people don't know what to expect. The fact that the lead vocalist opens up the set in a priest costume just makes it weirder.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why? Our only pre-gig ritual is to soundcheck. Our post-gig ritual is to drink pints.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva? It would be the exact same rider as Iggy Pop and The Stooges: http://www.iggypop.org/stoogesrider.html
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist? Matt Ress: Nickelback. Kam Ikaze: Lady Gaga. Frhetoric: Myself. Cole Slaw: Wagner. Frisco: Peppa Pig.
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band Matt Ress was once caught smiling on camera. The photographer was never seen or heard from again.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go? Our website www.rosenofficial.com as it has all music, videos, and links to our social media profiles.
Finally, What does the future hold for the band? We're releasing our debut EP on July 27th, then we're going to tour and promote our second EP which comes out the first week of December. Next year we're going to release an album, hit up some festivals, and go on tour.