SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Haroula Rose

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The sweet-voiced Haroula Rose is an LA based singer who meshes together a dreamy mix of folk, indie, and at times, a little tinge of country. The sparse palette her music resides on makes her a great candidate for some amazing remixes as well, such as the Luke Top remix we posted a few months back for “Close My Eyes To See.” Gorgeous. The original track is off of Haroula’s first album, These Open Roads, which released in 2011. At the moment, she is working on her April slated EP, So Easy, as well as her sophomore album.

We caught up with Haroula during this year’s SXSW Music Festival and gathered some fun tidbits to help folks get a little more acquainted with the talented lady.

Haroula’s biographies often note her first instrument, the violin, being given to her at age eight. What might not be as widely known is that the Chicago suburb native was drawn to music and performance a bit earlier. She notes,

“I was making mix tapes since I was like 7 years old and running around the house performing. I guess I do it because it has always been something that makes me feel alive and connected. I have tried doing all kinds of different jobs, but nothing came close to feeling right. I love making films too, especially when music is directly involved.”

Sounding something like a carefree float embodied, Haroula describes he music as lyrical. “Words and their marriage to melody is a mystery I enjoy,” she says. What a beautiful way to put it.

Connectedness indeed seems to be a core ideal for Haroula. Instead of naming any one work as defining, she enjoys the meanings each one uniquely provides to all her listeners:

“I like when you can set songs free into the world and they live their own lives. I love it when people come up to me after a show and tell me which songs speak to them and why. That is really cool.”

When it comes to stretching herself, the singer has no problem trying to do “things that seem scary or uncomfortable” – to an extent. As such, you may be able to expect some Spanish and Greek tunes from the lady in the near-ish future.

To close, Haroula shared her SXSW highlight:

“Getting stranded out in another part of town after the Edward Sharpe and Mumford and Sons show at LBJ lawn. These two college students gave my friend and I a ride back to the main drag. The kindness of strangers – that is what it’s all about. I also had a nice time getting to know new artists and spending time with old friends I don’t get to see all the time.”

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