Sadie Rose: A Real California Wildflower


Sadie Rose

With an amazing banjo playing mother and a multi-instrumentalist father who helps produce her music, Sadie Rose was born to be a musician. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sadie Rose is very familiar with the Southern California music scene. The singer-songwriter draws from country, folk, and alternative genres to create a style all her own. Sadie Rose talks to Progressive Man about her secret love for country music, what it’s like working with her dad, and what to expect from her next!

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me! Let’s start off by learning a little more about where you’re from and how you got into music.

SR: Thank you for giving me the opportunity! I’m actually born and raised in L.A., CA which is pretty rare for most people that choose to enter the music industry. I’ve always loved singing and have been involved in choir and show choir since I was 11. I was 16 when I started writing my own songs, and of course crumbling them up and trashing them, as it takes time to write one exactly how you want. I took up DJ classes as well because I was really into electronic music at the time. I would always write more folk sounding songs, but I didn’t think it was my style. Two years ago I picked up guitar and went from there, and I have never felt more like myself musically. I then took the songs to my dad, Michael O’Neill, who co-wrote instrumentally and produced my album, ‘Child be Brave.’

A number of your songs, like So Long Summer Love and High Horse, have a certain country sound to them. Is that something you grew up listening to?

SR: I grew up listening to a lot of old folk, country, and bluegrass when I’d hang out with my mom. She is an amazing banjo player, by the way. I have always LOVED the style of music, but I would lie at school and say, “I like everything, but country,” because most kids thought it was weird. I also grew up loving jazz, classical and 40’s music.

Who are some of your own favorite artists to listen to?

SR: My favorite artists are Jonsi, Sigur Ros, Bob Dylan, Tegan and Sara, Bright Eyes, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Civil Wars, Mountain Man, Honey Honey, Dead Sara, Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and a lot of others.

What projects do you have lined up? Are you recording anything new right now or lining up show dates?

SR: I want to record a four song EP in the near future. As far as shows, nothing is booked as of today, but I plan on booking some.

What would you say is your favorite track to play and listen to? Why?

SR: I’ve gone through phases of my favorite song off the album. Acoustic, I love playing ‘The Owl’s Branch’ and ‘Why Are You Awake?.’ With the band, I love playing ‘High Horse.’ I also love playing ‘Why Are You Awake?’ with the band, and they really like playing that one too. I don’t know why, I think it’s because I can really focus on the singing and the emotion of the song.

What’s it like collaborating with your father?

SR: Collaborating with my father has been such a learning experience for both of us. He is a very skilled jazz musician, and I am a grungy folk artist, so at first it was hard to see things eye to eye, but eventually we found a great balance that really made it possible for us to create some awesome tracks. Working with him has also taught me to be a knowledgeable recording artist.

Are there any particular themes you try to stick to when writing music and lyrics?

SR: I absolutely stick to themes when I write. There has to be visual art potential, metaphors, and topics that a lot of people can relate to. I LOVE the use of tongue in cheek expressions and personification.

What’s one of your favorite memories during the time you’ve been creating music and performing?

SR: My favorite memories are just to see where a song goes from the moment I write it, to sharing it with others in my backyard, to recording it, to bring it to the stage with other musicians. It’s just awesome to know that you can create something that was sparked from a moment in your life, and others can relate to it, and the meaning continues to morph over time.

What’s one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced so far?

SR: Honestly for me, everything that is new is somewhat of a challenge. Getting up on stage is a challenge, entertaining is a challenge, but it is just something that continues to develop over time, and it’s so fun to keep track of your progress.

Where can people go to find your music?

SR: I have my album ‘Child be Brave’ available on itunes and Spotify and reverbnation!

Author: Nader Ahmadnia

Nader Ahmadnia is a writer for Progressive Man Magazine, an online music publication that features new and emerging talent.

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