Songs Like Velvet: Meet Andria Rose
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From making music during lockdown to opening for Inner Wave, Andria Rose is ready for the next big thing.
Meet Andria Rose: a self-proclaimed velvet dream pop artist from San Antonio, Texas. Evoking warm feelings of bliss with her soothing voice and introspective lyrics, Andria’s music is like honey straight out of the jar.
She has toured with artists such as The Marias and Kali Uchis while also having been included in Billboard Magazines Fresh Picks of the Week, as well as NPR World Cafe’s Best New Latinx playlist. At a show, you would find Andria with red lips and a sultry flare, accompanied by a fusion of jazz, psychedelia, and smoky vocals smooth as caramel. It is no wonder Andria Rose's music has her listeners in a daze.
What has your journey been like as a singer? Has this always been your dream?
I think what made me want to be a singer was growing up listening to Selena. I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the first seven years of my life, and that’s also where she was from. All over the city, there are murals dedicated to her and an immense love for her just throughout South Texas in general. I would rewatch her movie over and over again.
My mom bought me a CD collection of her songs that came with a little DVD documentary of her life. I studied her interviews and concerts and just became immersed in the world she had created for herself. I knew from a very, very early age that that was the life I wanted to create for myself, too.
Your EP ‘Telenovela’ has just come up to its one-year anniversary - congratulations! How is it to reflect back on the creative process and on where you are now?
It’s been a trip. That record was worked on collectively for about two years. I was writing it throughout such a pivotal, transitional period of my life. Not to mention, the bulk of it was written throughout the lockdown/pandemic when my creative partner and boyfriend, Bryan Cardenas and I were cooped up at home together. Since he and I have been making music together from the very beginning with my first EP, ‘Electric’, we decided to turn such a scary and uncertain time into a means to create something beautiful.
I honestly could not be more proud of the art that was made. It’s such a vulnerable thing, to jot down your innermost thoughts onto a page, then into a melody, then into the hands of anyone who will listen. Once ‘Telenovela’ was out in the world, I kind of took a step back and reevaluated what my life had become.
I think no matter your age, you’re always going to be learning more about yourself. Through writing that EP, I learned that at the end of the day, all I can do is try my best. And that’s what I did with that project- I tried my very best and gave it absolutely everything I had. I think that’s why once it was released, along with the visuals for the tracks, I took a bit of a break to reacclimate to life, getting back to normal post-COVID, and getting back into playing live shows again. It’s taken me some time to figure everything out, but I feel as ready as ever to be releasing music again.
‘Luz de la Luna’ and ‘Para Siempre’ are songs sung entirely in Spanish - what does it mean to you to be able to bring different cultures and languages together?
It’s so special to be able to make music and pay homage to my culture by having songs in both English and Spanish. Spanish music has taken the world by storm, with artists such as Bad Bunny and Rosalia, who are dominating the charts right now. I think Latin representation is so important in the mainstream media, not only because the music is beautiful and oftentimes very complex, but by Latin music being mainstream, Latin culture inevitably makes its way into the mainstream as well- and that kind of progress is something my people and I are so proud of. I am proud of who I am, and to be given even a small platform to represent it, I’m gonna go for it!
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What’s next for Andria Rose?
I have a new single that has just been released on December 9th called ‘Drink Me Like Wine’ that has a lyric video accompanying it! That track has been in the vault for a few months now but was finally just finished a few weeks ago. Bryan and I filmed the video in one night. We had a little bit of direction for the video, such as colors and aesthetics, but overall we were just going to wing it. We filmed it in our neighborhood downtown and some shots in our townhome. We got a bottle of wine and just went for it! I love the DIY vibe of it; I think it’s fitting. It’s giving low-budget indie movies, which is a vibe.
I think lyrically; the song is really telling of my current state. I’m trying not to take myself or others so seriously and enjoy the moment for what it is. If there is anything that I hope is taken away from the track, it’s that very thing - to enjoy your current moment for what it is.