Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with her debut single “Bad Boy”, Onika Rollins, aka Onirose hasn’t slowed down, having released 4 singles. Her 3th single “Get It”, a collaboration with Jamaican dancehall deejay Charly Black was released in 2016.
The singer released her 4th singles like "I Got It", produced by award winning producer Richie Loop of Smallboxx Records!
I was recently fortunate to have a conversation with Onirose, a Guyanese singer who grew up between Germany, Barbados and Suriname. We chatted about her sound, her musical inspirations, the art of songwriting and much more.
CEM: What inspired you to become a musician?
Music has always been my source of joy in times I felt gloom. Having realized the irrefutable power which music has to console/heal not only myself but others as well, is what has inspired me greatly.
CEM: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
Melodic, Catchy, Resonant, Rhythmic, Enjoyable,
CEM: What do you find most inspiring when you to write a song?
Experiences! Often times my own and other times someone else's. Life is ever unfolding, with it comes great inspiration.
CEM: Do you have favorite places or times where you like to write?
I write a lot in my room. It is my sanctuary! I however, do not have a specific time for writing. I am constantly jotting ideas down as they pop into my head and when I'm not in my room I like to record any new idea/melody that pops into my head.
CEM: You did a collaboration with Jamaican DJ Charly Black on a single called “Get it ‘, how did that came about?
I always loved Charly's music/lyrics. I felt he had a smooth vibe and a way with his female audience especially. We reached out to his management and they agreed straightway. I had already recorded before we made contact. Fortunately, the project had been completed a few days later.
CEM: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?
I have a lot of respect for fellow Artists but I cannot think of a single one now right now. However, should such an opportunity arise, I would perhaps.
CEM: Do you find recording to be a challenge that you enjoy?
I thoroughly enjoy recording. In fact, I've caught the "studio bug" but it's never deemed a challenge. Getting an easily confirmed session with studio engineers is where the challenge lies. Ha! The studios are almost always over booked.
CEM: What do you think about the internet as a tool for promoting yourself & your music?
The Internet is a life changer and I'm eternally grateful for having unlimited access to the world through it.
CEM: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the music industry?
I'd advise s/he to educate themselves and not allow themselves to be easily deterred. It's an industry that's notoriously tough on a lot of people. I wish that this' - one of life's few most beautiful gifts didn't come at such high price to be made/ distributed but it is so and one had best be driven by genuine passion for music to be able to endure. I'd also sincerely wish them good luck.
CEM: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
Let it be known; I'm a tad superstitious! No really, I feel more at ease working in silence, seeing my projects materialize before I notify others. It's always been that silly way for me. I am working on other projects, on other collaborations.
CEM: Career wise, where do you see yourself in five years?
Touring the world with my music as well as being involved/rewarded for all other endeavors.
To learn more about Onirose visit her website