An Exclusive Interview With ROZA
Aiming to share valuable morals and wisdom with his listeners, ROZA writes, raps, and sings from his heart. His music is his passion. The meaning of his lyrics and the stories behind them originate from his experiences and life goals.
With his debut EP, 99, out now, ROZA has begun to regularly put out music with another EP due out in the beginning of 2021. Music has always gotten him through the hardest of times. After years of writing poetry, ROZA has developed his own style. Now, he will share his music and hope that it does the same for his audience.
When Dan Searl, the founder and owner of the Boston-based record label, Lit Honey Productions, discovered ROZA this past early summer, “The first time that I talked to Anthony on the phone, I could tell that he was a talented artist, merely from his vibes,” said Searl, “It wasn’t a surprise to me that when I finally got him into the studio, I almost immediately fell in love with his chill rap style. It blends the boundary between rapping and spoken words in a unique and modern manner. Honestly, he kind of reminded me of Mike Posner!”
Poetic, introspective, and reflective- ROZA has a vibe that’s ready to catch. You can stream his current available music, and new EP, “99” on all streaming platforms NOW. His next EP is due out soon.
We took the time to chat with Roza about his journey with music:
When did you start to get interested in music?
I remember the specific moment when I decided that I wanted to pursue music. I was in concert, seeing J.Cole live in Boston. Between songs he said, “You can do anything you set out to achieve.” Right then, I swear, the words sent goosebumps into me. I thought that, maybe, there are people out there my who would be inspired by my words. I set to inspire and give guidance to anyone who would listen- just like he did for me. That year, in 2018, My life changed. I’ve worked as a part time soldier in the Army National Guard, while attending the University of New Hampshire full-time. Now, I am starting to pursue my music- the lyrics inspired by an entire journal of bars that I have written and rehearsed over the past few years. I may be here for just my life time, but through my music, I will live for much longer.
Which is the part you enjoy the most about music?
Every time that I listen to something I wrote, it reminds me of a particular time in my life and what I took from that experience. Sometimes, I even use free style rap as an outlet for stress.
Most artists say that through their art they learn more about themselves, heal injuries… In which aspects has music helped you?
Music has always been a significant part of my life. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed by the stress of my day, a bunch of emotions, or simply the task at hand, I take a moment to pull out my notes and simply write. Life may get hard, but the hard times are what give me the drive to create. Not only have these experiences inspired my writing, but they have made me who I am today. For that, I am forever grateful.
What does music mean to you?
Music is a way to express myself. It also allows me to reflect on my day and myself, as a growing man in today’s world.
Who are your idols?
J.Cole, Polo G with his come up, we both turned 21 in 2020 so shout-out, Drake, and Juice WRLD R.I.P.
If you didn’t like music what would you like to do?
I would like to be an Entrepreneur, blueprinting and constructing homes to sell in the real estate market.
If you were an advertisement what would your slogan be?
If I had a slogan, it would probably be something along the lines of “investing in the the future of music, would be to invest in me. A young and growing prodigy entertainer in the music industry.”
Do you consider that nowadays there are more or less opportunities for new artists? Why?
In the very present, the come up to Christmas in 2020, I think there are more opportunities for the new artists because people are home hopefully. Bless our soldiers of course.
What would your idyllic life as an artist be like?
Ideally, I would like to grow my revenue to fund exploring the world, while virtually sharing my journeys and musical writing process. I’d love for my fans to get an inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes!
I would also truly love to learn to scuba-dive. With that skill, I could spend days helping to clean the ocean. I’ve always been a strong swimmer and have a soft spot for animals of all kinds.
I even have a journal with all of my entrepreneurial ideas. I think I stopped at 121 so far.. I have many ideas that I would love to put on the market. First, I want to indulge in the cannabis market. As I travel, I hope to construct dispensaries along my journeys in permitting states and possibly other countries! I would love to explore England as well as other spots in Europe.
What should the 2020 artist be doing?
Artists should be reflecting on what they really want to do with their lives and give their all towards it. It is vital to stay focused, even through the ups and downs. If you find yourself having a hard time, maybe consider focusing on another part of your journey first. I didn’t release any music until I was 21!