Interview with Rosie Machado from Rosie and Me
Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins
I reviewed Rosie and Me’s latest release, Arrow of My Ways a few weeks ago. This week, take a few moments to learn more about this band from Brazil and their songs from Rosie’s perspective.
R: Who is Rosie and Me and how did all the members meet?
Rosie: Rosie and Me is currently Rosanne Machado (banjo, vocals, guitars); Thomas Kossar (electric guitars); Tiago Barbosa (drums); Guilherme Miranda (bass guitar), and Ivan Camargo (acoustic guitars).
At first, there was no official band. It was just me and a friend recording demo songs in our bedrooms for kicks. The song’s files were all called “rosieandme.mp3” and I didn’t quite think of them until they got leaked on the Internet. Before we knew it, our cheap-recorded demo songs were being played on the radio. We ended up becoming a band by accident. Tiago, Thomas, and Guilherme are my good neighbors and friends. They happened to enjoy what we were doing by that time and kind of invited themselves in.
R: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
Rosie: Simple music that you can relate to, if you’re into country leaks and slow paced guitars.
R: Describe your first memory of music.
Rosie: Probably my parents listening to John Denver in the car. After that, I bugged them for different musical instruments every Christmas.
R: Name one song you wished you had written and why.
Rosie: “Love & Misery” by Tobia Froberg/Ane Brun. I’ve been listening to this song for years and every time I get a kick in the gut. Froberg had the talent to translate words, feelings, and sensations perfectly into a song.
R: How does Arrow of My Ways differ from your previous EP.
Rosie: Arrow of My Ways is a much more intimate album than our EP. We recorded/produced everything ourselves, so we could create a direct link to our listeners. Our album feels like a mixtape recorded by a boyfriend or girlfriend to each other. Also, it’s been a couple years since we released the EP, and we’ve changed a lot as a band since then.
R: Personal favorite from the new album and what inspired you to write it?
Rosie: Probably “Shotgun to the Heart.” That song is what disappointment sounds to my ears.
R: What do you hope to accomplish through your music?
Rosie: I hope to offer some comfort to people by sharing experiences that they might relate to. I don’t expect much more than that.
R: Which is more true for you: Your life has impacted your music or your music has changed your life?
Rosie: I guess music has shaped most of my life. Some people write in journals, I write songs. I don’t think I can remember any events in my life without adding my personal soundtrack to them, haha!
Please visit www.rosieandmemusic.com for more information and be sure to download Arrow of My Ways.