Interview: Roseau

Twitter-sized insights into the artist’s magnetic mindfulness.

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Kerry Leatham—aka Roseau—maximizes the minimal. A member of the ever-growing “sisopro” (singer/songwriter/producer) community, Roseau left behind London living for the Essex countryside to write her debut album, Salt. Released in September 2015 on the Big Dada label, the album is where her storytelling-enriched youth and years of sonic experimentations meet. Though the world met Roseau from tours with Lianne La Havas and shout-outs from Shura, Glamcult got to know her better with a series of Twitter-sized insights into her magnetic mindfulness.

What’s your favourite way to kick off a Saturday night?

A glass of good wine.

What song brings back early memories of living in London? 

Automatic by The Pointer Sisters. It’s an old track from the ’80s but it really reminds me of when I first moved to London in mid-2000 and met my first circle of London friends. We danced a lot to that track.

Some regard London as the be-all-and-end-all epicentre of humanity. Do you feel like you missed out while working on Salt in the quiet Essex countryside?

Not at all! I’m not really a FOMO kind of person. I was engrossed in what I was up to then.

We should all get away from the mess that is modern society more… Was working in seclusion a kind of therapy? 

It absolutely was. I worked through a lot of shit in that period of time.

Glad you got through it! Where would you want to create your next album? 

Back home at my parents’ house. It’s where I’ve done all my writing. In fact, I’m heading back there next year to start some more writing.

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Since you were label mates with Dogtanion at Tape Club, he’s been a huge influence, even collaborating on the track See You Soon. What did he bring to your debut? 

I think you can get too heavily precious about your own material—especially if you’re writing from the heart—and sometimes that can blind you. You just need somebody to come in and be a bit more matter-of-fact about things. He’s that guy. Plus, he’s an incredibly creative mind.

Can you share any anecdotes around the album’s title track, Salt

Every single sound on that song, bar the kick and bass, was recorded in a huge abandoned warehouse I used to sneak into…

Shura tweeted that “most philosophy is just books by people who remember the awesome ideas they had when drunk once they’re sober.” What’s one of your “drunken philosophies”? 

I’m looking at the Notes app on my phone right now and cringing so hard. I have so many “profound” sentences but the worst thing by far in there is a film script idea that I wrote when I was stupidly drunk. I was convinced I was going to sell it to “Hollywood” and make my millions… it’s so horrendous I couldn’t even tell you the premise of what it’s about.

Is there a story behind it?

The only thing behind that film script was alcohol.

Last one. As your career accelerates, is there someone in the industry you look up to?

I look up to strong females who don’t compromise themselves or their art to try to fit in. People like Björk.

By Emily Vernon

Photography: Zahra Reijs

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