After spending the last few months building and cultivating a wonderfully embracing direction, emerging artist Yana Rose has now returned to deliver her heartwarming debut EP 'Another Sunset Missed'.
Featuring the beautifully alluring new single 'Tainted Heart', this new four-track collection makes for a sweet and sensual listen from start to finish. With her bright and soaring voice measured perfectly against some brilliantly textured production throughout, she is cementing herself as one of the more captivating names to have emerged so far this year.
So with the new EP available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and what has inspired her most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Guitar was the first instrument that I fell in love with. I got my first electric guitar for Christmas when I was 8 and started taking lessons immediately.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
My music taste when I was younger was all over the place. I remember hearing a lot of Kenny G and Rihanna through my Dad, and John Denver and Elton John through my mom. Kelly Clarkson and Jordan Sparks were large influences for me as well. I also definitely had my Taylor Swift, Hannah Montana, and Justin Bieber phases in elementary school.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I remember owning was Graduation by Kanye West. I think I was around 8 years old when I bought it, and I recall trying to hide it from my parents because I knew they wouldn’t love me listening to it.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
I’m in love with the song Saturn by Sleeping At Last. The writing is incredible and the song as a whole articulates such a unique, profound emotion. I don’t think I’ve ever thought that I wished I had written a song though. It’s really cool to see how someone else articulates an experience or feeling that they had.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Not at all. Sometimes I’ll sit down with the intention of writing a song, but in those circumstances I seldom ever end up with something I’m really happy with. Often my best writing or ideas come at the most random times. I’ve come up with a lot of ideas while driving or in the shower. Sometimes I’m out with friends, at a concert, or about to fall asleep, and I race to find my phone and a quiet space to record a quick note so the melody doesn’t get lost.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Recently I’ve had Noah Kahan’s album Stick Season on repeat. I resonate a lot with his words, especially at this time in my life. Jack Harlow’s album That’s What They All Say is always in my current rotation, and Wild River’s EP Songs to Break Up To has been on repeat recently as well.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Opening for Billie Eilish would be insane. She’s always been one of my favorite artists and been my go to for so many different emotions, having that opportunity would be crazy.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The most rewarding part about being a musician for me is when people say they connect with a song. The whole reason I decided to release music was with the hope that other’s could feel like they’re understood and that they aren’t an outlier in how they feel. We all keep emotions inside and it’s so easy to feel isolated when we do that, and I, like many others, turn to music.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Being a musician requires a lot of patience, and that is often the most frustrating part. Making music is what I want to do for the rest of my life, but getting to the point where it is my life and the sole thing that I can work on will take time. There are so many learning curves to the industry, and so many ways to get from point A to point B. Mistakes and growth are all a part of the process, which is both exciting and daunting, but it all takes a lot of time.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Whenever I feel overwhelmed I go back to some advice my good friend gave me earlier in 2022 when I was just kicking off my music journey. I was working with him at my last job, before I quit to pursue music, and he’s seen my transition into it all. I expressed some discontent towards how much I had to show for the work I felt like I was putting in and he told me to drop the metrics and just to do my thing. “Be happy with what you create and strive for more.” I keep going back to that.
Yana Rose's new EP 'Another Sunset Missed' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.