The latest to burst out of Cardiff’s vibrant music scene, Rosehip Teahouse have been making waves amongst tastemakers and alt-pop fans alike following a string of single releases throughout 2020. The latest of which, A Million Times, is an exemplary slice of bedroom-pop, both captivating and soothing.
Caught up in their effortless yet masterful sound, we spoke to vocalist Faye Rogers about her journey into the music industry, using songwriting as a healthy form of expression and the beauty of being unique.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I’m Faye and I’m from the band Rosehip Teahouse! I’ve been making music for a long while now, since I was a young child trying to learn how to play the piano (I begged my parents to let me learn from around the age of 4). But in terms of Rosehip, I put the first bedroom demos out in 2016 and it’s since grown into a ‘real’ band from there.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
This is still quite a difficult thing for me to talk about and understand. I think, as many artists do, I spent quite a long-time wrestling with the ridiculous concept that I should get a ‘real job’. I’ve realised over the years how awful a mindset that is and since dedicating myself to music, I’ve been happier than ever. I still work at another job outside of music, I’m a support worker for people with mental health problems, but music is my true love and I’ll always make time and try to prioritise it. I think it’s important to remember that music and the arts in general make the world a much brighter place and I feel very privileged to be able to contribute to that in some way. A good friend of mine (who is an artist themselves) once wrote me a note at a time I was feeling down and uninspired that being creative is a gift and I’ve tried to hold that idea with me ever since.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
Everything that I write is rooted in reality in some way, so all my songs are about specific experiences I’ve had, or specific people in my life. I started song writing as a coping mechanism really. It was a way for me to process how I’ve been feeling or difficult situations I’d found myself in and it’s stayed that way ever since. It can be difficult sometimes as it feels like publicising some very emotional places, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I think I’ve learned a lot about the way I react to situations and how I process emotions. Songwriting has been a very powerful tool for me to express myself in healthy ways rather than turning to self-destructive coping mechanisms and that’s something I will always be grateful for.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I think I wish I’d known that it is a beautiful thing to be yourself and to be unique. I think there’s a strange pressure to be put into a box and it’s easy to start comparing yourself to other people and trying to be more like them. When actually, no-one else can do what you’re doing because they aren’t you. There’s probably a more eloquent way of wording that, but I hope that makes sense!
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
We’re very lucky to be in Cardiff at the moment as there are some truly wonderful bands! I particularly love TJ Roberts as they make such wonderful music, but are also some of the loveliest people in the world. Shreddies is a solo project of Josh, our bass player and he makes incredible electronic music that you can walk down the street feeling oh so powerful to! I also love Teddy Hunter, she is another absolute gem of a human being and makes such beautiful music that will tug at all your heartstrings! And one more, “Malgola, No’. Malgola is a beautiful person and makes unbelievable songs that will get stuck in your head forever.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
This is so hard!!!! I think some sort of tour of Europe or America with a band we love would be perfect…and in terms of a rider, we need lots of chocolate and probably a couple of bottles of pink hooch.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I wish we could have played one of the Roadhouse gigs at the end of Season 3 of Twin Peaks, The Return. It wouldn’t have made any sense and we would have been very out of place, but David Lynch is my hero so it would be like a dream.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as a band?
There are so many things!!! But I think something I would really really love to do is play a KEXP session. I always put KEXP on when I’m feeling sad or unwell and I’ve found some of my favourite artists through their sessions. To be able to do one of those would be unbelievable.