Q&A: Rose in Stereo

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
The band name was ROSE and we made a logo with the name appearing twice, or in stereo. And it was much easier to find in a search, haha.

How would you describe your sound?
We make melancholic psych-rock. Kind of summer of love Haight Ashbury scene meets the San Francisco drug rock of the ’90s. A mixture of those with modern depression.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
I took a piano class in high school and fell in love with music.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
We got banned from the Hotel Utah because some drunk bums showed up and started drinking outside and the bar manager thought they were our fans because I apparently look like king bum or something.

What are you listening to these days?
I have been listening to a lot of bachata music, Ritchie Ortega and also older country Marty Robbins.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
I used to like Amnesia when they had bands. The knockout is always really fun, the sound is not very good but if you wanna invite your friends and drink all night, it’s the best bar in town. I loved the stork in Oakland. Really nice people. unfortunately closed after like 100 years open.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
I like hanging out at the park and doing pull-ups. Gotta get swole. The world is very aggressive and sick. I also really like going to Clement, getting the bbq pork with rice, and taking a nice walk.

What does music mean to you?
Music is all I know, unfortunately, it is my only professional skill.

How’d you guys first get together to play music?
I was playing open mics all around the city for about a year and met up with some musicians from the open mics to help me with my stuff, it grew from there.

What inspires you to write?
A really pretty song. I get inspired by watching people. To me, inspiration comes from listening not talking. I love to hear stories people have.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in the city and why?
I love chilling in the Haight. People still dress up to go to the Haight. I love it when people are wearing nice clothes and in a good mood. It usually brings people out of their comfort zone. I always see people at their trippiest in the Haight.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I love playing chess. I’m kind of a wanna-be bad boy.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
Check us out on Spotify at @roseinstereo or Instagram @roseinstereo. we just released our first Spotify song. Youtube video for it coming soon.

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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