Meet The Artist: May Rosa / Amy Rose Esdale

Amy Rose Esdale is a 29 year old Singer, Song-writer, Actor and Screenwriter from Belfast. Amy has been singing since the age of 3 years old. Amy’s mum is a singing teacher and she learnt classical and Irish traditional music to begin with. Amy wrote her first song at the age of 11 years old and started sharing covers and original songs on Youtube. Amy then went on to study creative and performing arts at University whilst also performing at small gigs and open mic nights, honing her performance skills. After university, Amy acted in as many student films as she could to gain experience on screen.

What genre / style do you create in?

My music is alt-pop and dream-pop and sad-pop. It’s been described as Lynchian, cinematic and nostalgic. The films and plays I have done really vary in terms of style.

I have co-written an 8 part comedy series called BAD VEGAN$. The pilot episode was meant to be filmed in April, but due to COVID-19, it had to be postponed.

What would you be best known for?

Music and acting.

What would you consider your biggest achievement?

A film I was in was screened in the Barbican, London, we got a standing ovation at The Grand Opera house for Joyriders and my debut single ‘Dancing in the Debris’ reached number 2 on the most requested chart on Dublin City Fm.

What would you consider to be the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your industry?

Do as much as you can to gain experience and to meet other creatives. It will inspire you and increase your drive.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Disappointments and rejection has always been challenging, but over the years I’ve learnt how to deal with it. It’s important to realise that your creative work doesn’t equal your self worth, it isn’t your whole identity; it’s your job. Sometimes you just aren’t the right person for the part and not everyone is going to like your work.

I was so close to giving up when my old band split up. We had recorded a lot of music that was never released and it really broke my heart. It took me a while to get over that.

Tell us a little about your personal life, are you married, kids, hobbies etc?

Most of my spare time is spent doing creative things. During lockdown I started painting, which I hadn’t done since I did a foundation degree in it years ago. I forgot how much I loved it. I also read a lot and listen to audiobooks… it’s usually inspiring non-fiction books. I also love the gym, yoga and walking in nature with my wee angel dog, Lily

Tell us about your most recent work?

Due to the current situation it’s been really difficult to get acting jobs, but it’s slowly starting to pick up. Recently, I appeared in another artist’s music video, acted in a short skit and was featured in two videos to accompany a local poet’s work.

Regarding music, I’ve just dropped a single called ‘Gresham Street’ and have been working on a music video for it, which will be out within the next couple of weeks. In January, I released a single and video called ‘Before I Knew (Summer)’ and played a gig with my band in the Camden Assembly, London.

We are hoping to film the pilot episode of BAD VEGAN$ as soon as it’s safe.

What would you like us to tell people about?

I have a new single out called “Gresham Street”.

Press statement;

Drawing comparisons to Bat For Lashes and Lana Del Rey, May Rosa is fast developing a reputation for her use of synthesisers and glittering dreamscape approach to musical expression, May Rosa’s classic haunting vocals and cinematic lyrics are at the forefront of “Gresham Street”.

“Gresham Street is about finding happiness in simplicity at a pretty bleak time in my life.” Explains May Rosa, “I had just broken up with someone, was very disillusioned and had abruptly left my life in London, moving back to my hometown of Belfast where I didn’t know anyone anymore and had no idea what my next steps were. I had no money, no job and was completely lost. The song is about feeling content and free in being with someone regardless of the situation. I spent a lot of time in a dilapidated building where his art studio was – it was grim but I was really happy.”

Drawing on her love for 80’s-esque production and camp, theatrical performers, Rosa’s work is amalgamation of these elements, resulting in an unusual but distinctive, fresh sound. After bursting onto the scene with the bewitching ‘Dancing in the Debris’ in 2017, she unveiled the atmospheric ‘Waxwork Sweetheart’ EP last year alongside a series of nostalgic music videos and a spellbinding live show. May Rosa has been heard extensively on radio stations across Ireland, including BBC Introducing Ulster, totallyirish98fm, RTE2fm and BBC Radio Foyle and garnered support from many Irish outlets.

After releasing Gresham Street, she will release a charity single “Ceasefire Baby” to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic in Northern Ireland.

If you had to describe your work to someone who has never heard of you what would you say?

My music is dreamy, personal and cinematic. BAD VEGAN$ is light hearted and comedic.

What’s the funniest experience you’ve had in your business?

Someone said to me in an audition once ‘What is your accent? I’m not really feeling it to be honest with you. Can you do another one?’

What would your advice be to young people hoping to pursue the same industry?

It isn’t an easy road and if you aren’t 100 per cent committed and obsessed with your work , do something else. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and it won’t happen overnight. There’s a lot of disappointments. It’s a lot of hard work, there’s a lot of rejection and you’ll work and perform for free at the beginning. You need to really believe in yourself and your ability, otherwise it’s not worth it.

Secondly, keep creating. Creativity feeds creativity and the more you do, the more you want to do. Don’t wait for inspiration and the ‘muse’, it’s a myth.

I’d also say trust your instincts… anytime I’ve gone against my gut I’ve regretted it. You know when something isn’t right.

Be authentic and true to your vision, don’t sway. Don’t follow trends.

Lastly and most importantly in my view, find your people and stick with them. Everything changed for me when I found people in both the acting and music industry that I trusted and who were on the same page as me, 99 per cent of it is all you and it can be isolating. You need inspiring people around you to fulfil your potential. Networking and building relationships is key.

Anything else you want to tell people about yourself or your work?

My EP and three singles are available on all platforms to stream.

Who do you look up to and why?

Most of all, my Mummy, as she is the strongest and kindest woman I know.

I also look up to David Lynch due to his approach to creativity. I admire his fearlessness, his authenticity and his ability to create a world that you want to get lost in. Twin peaks and Mulholland drive (and the soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti) has such a massive influence on me in terms of aesthetic and sound.

I also love Kate Bush, she also creates a world for the listener to delve into, there is something surreal and dreamlike about her music, which I really connect with. I also love the storytelling aspect of the lyrics. Kate has also taught me not to be afraid of writing meandering melodies, or using eclectic sounds. She is so unapologetically eccentric and extra. I love that.

You can stay up to date with Amy here :

Instagram >>  mayrosadreams

Facebook >> mayrosamusic

 

 

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