Interview with Rosie Machado from Rosie and Me

Interview with Rosie Machado from Rosie and Me

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Rosie Machado, Rosie and MeI 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.