Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Rosie from Ballet School. I was born in Belfast, raised in Antrim
Who are your favorite artists from home?
My fave Irish artist of all time is Sinead O’Connor. I send her psychic protection all the time. If you need proof of her genius listen to the live versions of ‘The Last Day of Our Acquaintance’, the full voice 5th octave final chorus makes me cry.
What’s it really like touring?
Touring is hard work. I never party on the road ‘cos of my voice. I miss simple things like taking a long bath and being girly. I can’t wait til I can afford on-the-road glam squad. Lol.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
When we played Portland I really said a wee prayer to thank the hundreds of indie bands who have laid the tracks on the us indie touring circuit for the past thirty years. We played Mississippi studios and everything about the place including the staff and the PA was awesome. This is cos the pacific NW was built on the sweat of local touring bands and their needs.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Of the still living – Fleetwood Mac. Mariah Carey. Madonna. Part of me wants to say the Cocteau Twins reforming. But I wouldn’t even tempt fate. Myself and Michel argue about The Smiths reforming all the time. I wouldn’t put Morrissey through it. His youth is gone.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
I can’t tell you because I’m very loyal.
What do you do to relax?
I watch asmr videos on YouTube and sample them and mix them into gospel music and Aphex Twin. I wash my face with brown sugar and lemon juice and sit in the tub for like two hours. I hang out with my boyfriend while he’s doing something and follow him around like a wee lamb. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching other people do stuff. Cats know this. That’s why they so chilled.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Game of Thrones
What website do you visit most?
I’m always on YouTube Instagram and ohnotheydidn
What is your favourite record?
I can’t choose a fave record! But right now I need chill vibes cos I’m on tour so in the van I listen to a lot of Aaliyah. Her last record. That terrible lifetime biopic came out and everyone is dragging it. But not even that mess can tarnish the exquisite light of goddess Aali. The was so regal. Same regal vibe that Whitney had. Her mid range was like velvet and she had, in my opinion, the greatest head voice/falsetto range in the history of r’n’b. Her diction was just so good, her phrasing so precise. Just the elegance. She’ll live forever bc her music was so good. But she herself was just the definition of a star. Same insane charisma and presence of someone like Dietrich. That quality is so rare. Believe.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Our Irish shows are gonna be triumphant but also bitter sweet. The last time we played Ireland my dad came to see us and he has since passed away.
And we’ll be staying with Terry Hooley and his partner Claire at their house so I’m really looking forward to that. Ireland/Northern Ireland is, hands down, the greatest place on earth. I love coming home.
You can catch Ballet School live in Dublin’s Workmans Club this Friday (November 21st), tickets are €12.50 incl.booking fee and are available here.