Raya Rose is a south Coast ROCK AND ROLL girl, born in Chichester, raised in Littlehampton, Worthing.
Why did you move to Brighton?
“I would visit Brighton almost every weekend to meet friends/family, and just fell in love the the city.”
How long have you been in Brighton?
“I’ve lived here officially since 2012, but it’s felt like home for a lot longer.”
When did you started playing music?
“From the age of two my parents (my father also being a musician) could see that this was what I was going to do, no matter how hard they tried to get me to follow a more traditional path, there was never any plan to do anything else, my brain just doesn’t work that way.”
What were your influences? Who were your inspirations?
“My dad brought me up on rock and roll, I even went out on a few US tours with him and bands including Journey/Rage Against The Machine. I always admired/lookied up to the big female artists in rock, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Suzi Quatro, Blondie, and later down the line people like Izzy Hale, Taylor Momsen, Hayley Williams really inspired me to play the music that I love.”
When did you start gigging?
“I played my first gig almost a year ago now with my dear band and friends, Rob Bensusan, Mike Coltman and Luke Stone. A few friends recommended them to me, we had never met before, but we went out for a drink and after chatting with them I knew they were perfect for the project. Our first rehearsal was magical and it’s just got better and better ever since. Our first year was mental and I even got to go on my first ever UK Tour with Army Of Bones.”
What are the different obstacles you’ve faced in order to be where you
are today with your music?
“The industry is a disheartening/cold place at times, especially to new bands. We have been so lucky so far but it’s incredibly daunting. You just have to keep reminding yourself why you are doing this and who you are as an artist. Make sure you love the music you play and give it everything you’ve got and the rest shouldn’t matter either way!”
What style of music do you play?
What have you been proud to achieve so far?
“In the last year we’ve had radio play on my first ever single “Double Up”, made a music video, played The Great Escape not once, not twice but THREE times, played some wicked festival slots, had a kick ass launch party in Brighton and went on the most fun tour around the UK.”
Any future projects in the making we should look out for?
“We have a show on 8th February at the Green Door Store supporting Rews. We are also announcing a new single in the next coming weeks which I am very excited about, it’s coming with a video and a big Brighton show, I can’t wait.”
Where can we find your music?
“I’m on Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Youtube, everything you can imagine. Just search Raya Rose.”
What would your ultimate career be?
“I’d love to wake up in the morning and not have to focus any of my time on anything except making music. That’s the dream.”
What messages do you hope to portray through your music?
“My music empowers me, and I hope it does the same for others too. I get a lot of comments like “wasn’t expecting that from a girl” and I guess in a male dominated genre, people don’t often see girls rocking out. But it doesn’t offend me, just means us girls that do rock need to play even more shows to show everyone what we’re all about.”
Has it been difficult making time to pursue your musical career whilst
successfully sustaining the income you need to maintain a comfortable
“I never find it hard to make time for my music, other obstacles like finances may get in the way temporarily, but you always find a way around it one way or another. If it’s really what you wanna do, you just do everything to make it happen.”
What has been your biggest achievement yet?
“My favourite so far has to of been our single launch back in October at Sticky Mikes. It really was a night to remember. The crowd went mental for “Double Up” and were singing so loud they almost drowned me out, I loved it.”
What other extra curricular activities do you enjoy?
“I really enjoy playing around with fashion and hair (as you can tell by my current green barnet). I’m a really visual person and love working with colours/textures on various projects.”
Do you plan on staying in Brighton? Or are there far corners of this
world that you hope to venture to one day?
“In a perfect world I just want to be on the road constantly, playing all over the world everywhere that I can. Brighton will always be home but I’m sure I will live a couple more places before I settle down somewhere.”
Any other info that you want to share?
“Just head over to my social media to find out more/keep up to date with what I’m up to. I’ve also got a special discounted ticket link for my next show coming up on 8th February at The Green Door Store In Brighton.”