It’s no secret that we’re absolute suckers for good voices – and Rose Finkelstein’s smooth and powerful larynx is no exception. After watching her perform in an a cappella group up in Santa Cruz, we knew she’d fit inside our Green Room perfectly. Singing a cappella’s just a side job though, when she’s not belting out like a beast with her group, she’s writing and performing songs all on her own. Whether it’s jamming out on the piano or whispering sweet nothings with her ukelele, Rose is gaining unquestionable force as a singer/songwriter and soon there won’t be any stopping her.
TS: Tell us about yourself. How old are you? Where do you hail from? Do you like ice cream or frozen yogurt?
RF: I am 22 years old. Born and raised in Los Angeles. Definitely a frozen yogurt girl.
TS: When did you realize you wanted to be a musician? Do you come from a musical background?
RF: I’ve always wanted to be a musician. I’ve never wanted to do anything else. My parents are tone deaf– but my great great uncle, Harry Ruby, was a songwriter! He and his songwriting partner, Bert Kalmar, wrote a bunch of songs for film together. Harry wrote the music while Bert wrote the lyrics. Their most popular song is “I Wanna Be Loved By You”, made famous by Marilyn Monroe.
TS: Who do you find influences your music the most?
RF: I think that my music is influenced by a combination of everything that happens around me. I definitely find inspiration in other people’s music. Some of my biggest musical inspirations are Regina Spektor, Ben Gibbard and Ingrid Michaelson. I am also heavily influenced by the relationships I have, and in some cases, don’t have with the people around me. I also find that it’s sometimes easier and more fun to write about other people’s relationships and the drama over there.
TS: Your Embroidered Phrases EP was released about 2 years ago, has your sound changed since then or remained relatively the same? Is there a direction you wish for your music to go in?
RF: Since I released that EP, I think I have grown to understand more of who I am as an artist. Releasing Embroidered Phrases was a huge accomplishment for me at the time, but now I am definitely hoping to get a full-length together and would love to experiment with different styles and instrumentations while staying true to my sound– should be fun!
TS: Not only are you a musician but you were also part of an a cappella group in college, how was that experience? Do prefer one over the other?
RF: I love being in an a cappella group. I was in one in high school as well and it definitely helped in making my high school experience slightly more bearable. It’s nice to be a part of something that’s so fun and also fulfills my passion for singing and music. I don’t think I can choose which I like more. I would do both forever if I could!
TS: What music is currently stuck on repeat on your iTunes?
RF: Aaaah. The new Ben Gibbard album. I just saw him last night. I died.
TS: If you could pick any artist (alive or dead) to work with, who would it be?
RF: Oh gosh, that’s a tough one. I’m gonna go with Regina Spektor. She just seems very knowledgeable and I think working with her would be quite the experience. She’s also adorable.
TS: If a zombie suddenly appeared in your bedroom, what song would you sing to it (if you could kill zombies through the power of music)?
RF: Sympathy for the Devil– Rolling Stones
TS: Song you wish you wrote? What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie.
RF: I’m obviously a Ben Gibbard fanatic.
TS: Any new music in the works or new projects you’re taking on?
RF: Yeah! Right now I’m really focusing on getting my live shows down to a T. I’ve been working with musician friends and I think it’s all really coming together!
TS: And lastly, your top 3 fave ThreadSence items?
RF: Just 3?! Love the Kerrigan Velvet dress– very holiday chic. And I really like the Nile River Collar Necklace. I’m a sucker for a good statement necklace. I also really like all of the apartment stuff, especially the Toast Coasters – so cute!
Rose is playing a free 21+ show at Molly Malones in Los Angeles on 12/8! Be sure to go if you’re in the area
Introducing awesome people, one interview at a time,
Teresa and Melissa