18/07/2019
R.O.S.H. 2 R.O.S.H. – Self Interview

Fresh from an impressive label debut with his ‘Start New Life’ EP, young gun R.O.S.H. secures another label first; we welcome R.O.S.H into the hot-seat as he interviews his own dual personality…

FADED R.O.S.H.
Thanks for taking the time to sit with us this evening.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
It’s a pleasure to be here in this… Erm void. Wait, where am I?

FADED R.O.S.H.
We’re in our own head, this interview, these seats and that herbal tea are all fabrications of our mind.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Explains why it’s so empty then.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Let’s begin with the music, the release for Turbo. “4 memorably melodic tracks from new kid on the block R.O.S.H.” is how the label described it. Do you agree with that statement?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I agree with some of it.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Which part?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
The bit where it says my name.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Right. So you don’t think the tracks are memorable or melodic then?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I don’t think we can accurately quantify those statements. What sort of survey was conducted to reach this conclusion, what was the sample size, the methodology, the control music, the lab conditions.

FADED R.O.S.H.
I think you’re being facetious.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I’m not even sure they listened to a single Darren Styles or Hixxy track before calling my music “memorably melodic”.

FADED R.O.S.H.

Let’s move on then. The music, how did you make it? What was the process?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I already answered that question in the electronic groove magazine interview. In fact why am I doing another interview? This whole PR cycle thing is-

FADED R.O.S.H.
If I remember correctly you avoided answering the question and instead shouted out a friend.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
As anyone who saw me play at Panorama Bar or read the write up knows, I’m not above taking opportunities to shout out my friends.

FADED R.O.S.H.
I was wondering how long it would take.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
How long it would take for what?

FADED R.O.S.H.
You to mention that you’ve play Panorama Bar.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Shutting down at any hint of criticism, very mature.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Listen, I’m pretty proud of that moment, I think I’m allowed to be chuffed once in a while.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Do you worry when you talk to others about what’s happening with you in music that they think you’re gloating.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
A bit, but not enough for me to stop. Can I talk about Neon Genesis Evangelion now?

FADED R.O.S.H.
No, I think that would make this interview, which already carries a niche audience, reduce to microscopic proportions of appeal.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Yh, I can’t see the venn diagram of Turbo Recordings, R.O.S.H. and NGE having a great overlap. But I was pretty shook by it.

FADED R.O.S.H.
I guess if we keep things vague-

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
It’s a harrowing watch. I feel like the characters have been created to for sole purpose of emotional torture. They’ve willed in these children with already such troubling issues and put them through ever more extreme trials. It’s like watching a psychological car crash over 8 and a half hours.

FADED R.O.S.H.
I think we can wrap up this section and move-

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
It’s simultaneously on point and problematic. It also raises a lot of questions on a cultural level about it’s success, like what does it say that something that’s-

FADED R.O.S.H.
-please.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Okay. I’ll stop now.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Dream car?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I’m really not that into cars. It’s a just a thing that gets you from A to B.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Your YouTube history would suggest otherwise.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I mean what’s the point in owning a car that does 0-60mph in less than 6 seconds?

FADED R.O.S.H.
Don’t you own a “sports car” that does exactly that?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Digging all this metal out of the ground for what is essentially a meaningless fulfilment of the ego.

FADED R.O.S.H.
You specifically opted for a car that looks nice and has a bright orange leather interior and you’re talking about ‘meaningless-

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Everyone should just take a train instead, they’re great in most countries other than Britain, where they cost a bomb to travel not very far in.

FADED R.O.S.H.
…so this mix, “Turbo 2 Turbo with R.O.S.H.”, It’s a phone in show about cars right.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Yes, originally it was a meant to be a this totally convoluted re-enactment of my time as a prominent streamer in the Forza Motorsport community.

FADED R.O.S.H.
When was this?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Oh somewhere between the years 2021 and 2023.

FADED R.O.S.H.
So it hasn’t happened yet, your supposed rise to prominence.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
No, but it’s important not to think of time as something that has or hasn’t happened yet. You’ve got to think of it as this large Toblerone that already exists in it’s entirety and you’re just the mouth, chewing through the segments, one at a time.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Do you watch a lot of streams?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Not that much actually, I just think the whole culture of entertainment and where it’s headed is fascinating. On a wider level, streaming is the obvious conclusion to the destruction and evolution of the shared experience. On a micro level the psychological toll of entertaining and interacting with an audience who could be as much of a shut-in as you have to be creates this ever enclosing world view.

FADED R.O.S.H.
I wonder how many disappointed dads are out there are lamenting the fact that their kid wants to watch their favourite fortnite streamer and not the Arsenal game?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Even more interesting when you consider it as a replacement to traditional forms of children’s entertainment. In one afternoon you could be watching multiple children’s shows with various characters, often with stories designed to have a moral lesson behind them to now watching one streamer play a single game. It becomes easier for them to end up as unlikely role models too based on sheer contact time.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Did Pingu have a moral lesson?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I can only remember, and vividly so, the way he would peel a fish open.

Both R.O.S.H.’s pause for a moment to think and remember – staring intently at the ground ahead of them, before simultaneously grimacing. Then – after some time – reclining back into their respective chairs and meeting each others gaze once again for the final chapter of this tale.

FADED R.O.S.H.
What would you stream?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I already told you, I’m goin-

FADED R.O.S.H.
I mean if you weren’t going to be that Forza thingy.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I think I’d stream the worlds worst bird watching show.
The entire time the camera is pointed at my face and I occasionally look out through binoculars at the birds behind the camera and comment on what I see. But actually there’s nothing behind the camera other than bright lamp and a speaker playing outdoor ambience sounds on a loop.

FADED R.O.S.H.
So you’d just be making up bird related drama?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Yeah, I mean I don’t know anything about birds but I could just have wikipedia up on my phone off camera and pretend I’m reading chat, when really I’m learning ornithology on the fly.

FADED R.O.S.H.
So you’re saying you’d just wing it.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.

FADED R.O.S.H.
(turning to camera)
R.O.S.H.’s Turbo Release, Start New Life is out-

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Is that it?

FADED R.O.S.H.
Yes, unless you have anything else to add.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
You’re shit at this.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Shit at what?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
This interview lark. You didn’t even ask what I’m up to next.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Well they asked you that in the Electronic Groove piece too and you just gave them the usually obtuse answer.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
There you go again, referencing a previous interview like there’s some sort of continuity between the two.

FADED R.O.S.H.
What if there is? What if there’s a continuity between all our interviews, a long and elaborate story arch that takes place across various blogs and publications over a period of many years?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Given the nature of the beast that sounds like a totally pointless, confusing and alienating endeavour.

FADED R.O.S.H.
You just made a mix that doubles as a phone-in show about cars.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I should of got Marcus Barnes or that Haseeb from Mare Street Records to do this interview.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Would you answer their questions? You can barely answer mine?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
No one likes to confront themselves.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Is this a confrontation?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
Look deep within themselves to uncover the darkest truths about their being.

FADED R.O.S.H.
What do the next 3 months look like for R.O.S.H.?

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
I think you know what they look like.

FADED R.O.S.H.
Like a Jon Constable landscape painting.

SHADOW R.O.S.H.
But the fields are on fire.

FADED & SHADOW R.O.S.H.
(to camera and in unison)
…and the barn house is a dilapidated mess.

R.O.S.H. – ‘Start New Life’ EP is out now on Twin Turbo. Stream/Download here.