When Roxie Bardo was brought to my attention, I was like “hmm…let’s hear how she sounds”. Then once the Crossfire singer’s latest EP started playing I was like, “Wow, this is just wow.” What I’ve been missing out on is a talented seventeen year old sharing her gift and working hard to do so. But don’t let the age stir you. This is not another mediocre pop singer for the minute, Roxie’s melting vocals and get-under-your-skin lyrics will provide enough proof she’s destined to shine on the global stage. I feel honored having her as a guest on EY, especially during a period where she’s busy in the studio working on her debut album. So, do check out her interview as she took the time to answer the questions.
Where are you from originally, and when did music become a part of your life?
I’m a southern gal, originally from a town called Chattanooga, in Tennessee! I started performing when I was about 3. My older sister is also a vocalist and is completely responsible for infecting me with the singing bug. I would put on performances in my front yard with my neighbors as back up dancers and my grandparents would come to watch. I loved it, and knew from then on that I wanted to be a star.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
My number one musical influence will always be Michael Jackson. He is everything I aspire to be; Successful, long lasting, and original. But I do find myself inspired by new fresh artists like Lorde or Macklemore. I embrace all genres of music so its easy for me to find inspiration.
I get a sense of rock and experimental themes in your songs but how do you describe your sound and what you bring to the industry?
I consider myself a pop artist, but as you can tell I love intertwining different sounds and instruments. I enjoy mixing and shuffling sounds until it gives off a feeling I can vibe with. I don’t want to be another Katy Perry or another Lady Gaga. I want to be the first Roxie. Everyone has their own niche, and I feel like mine is mainstream, but slightly alternative.
Tell us about your self-titled EP in regards to musical direction?
When I wrote the music for my current EP, I hadn’t decided on a specific direction, or categorized it in any specific genre. I write music to express myself, and I try not to worry about labeling it. I believe that if you’re always worried about categorizing yourself that it can limit you, or can be confining. I just try to remain present, and whatever direction my music evolves into, I accept.
“I’m a Stone” is my absolute favorite. What inspired the words and how does it relate to the anti-bullying number “Don’t Put Me Down”?
‘I’m A Stone’ and ‘Don’t Put Me Down’ are basically speaking about the same subject, of being bullied, from two different perspectives. ‘I’m A Stone’ is clearly the more fragile point of view. It’s about feeling like everything is just too heavy, and that you can’t take what’s going on in your life. Then ‘ Don’t Put Me Down’ is from a stronger perspective, expressing that I’m NOT going to fall. I’m going to rise with the support I have surrounding me. In my life I’ve experienced both point of views, and I hope that my fans can relate and grow from both pieces of music.
I know you’re in the process of introducing your music to audiences so, when can we expect a full length album?
I’m actually in the process of recording my first full album now! I’ve got tons of new music, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it! The album should be out in the middle of next year, and I’m hoping to release a new single, either at the end of this year or the beginning of 2014. My new music is definitely more mainstream, but it’s still full of substance. It’s meaningful, with beautiful ballads as well as dance pop.
Being a young entertainer, how do you balance music and having a personal life (school, etc)?
Honestly, I’ve had to completely give myself to my music career. I graduated high school two years early in order to pursue entertainment 100% of the time, and I don’t have a big social life. This dream takes commitment, and you have to decide early on to give it your all, or walk away. It’s difficult, but it’s my passion. I love performing, so I work hard everyday to build the life I want.
Stepping away from music a bit, it’s obvious you love fashion. Any plans on starting a clothing line in the near future?
Absolutely! I’ve known for a while that I wanted a clothing line and maybe even a store! Fashion is thrilling for me and I want to share my style with others!
It must be a wonderful feeling finally getting your music out there. What do you hope listeners will take from your songs?
Overall, I really hope people just enjoy listening to my music. Music brings me so much happiness in general, and I want my fans to feel that joy from my creations. I do have messages in my songs, and some people may get them, and some may not. But if my EP makes you happy, then that’s all I can ask for.
Thank you for taking the time. Please leave a message to your fans and any tips to aspiring entertainers.
Thank you dolls, I love you all! And to any of you that may have this same dream, remember that your future is in your hands, you have to BUILD the life you want! Your everyday choices determine your future. Live With Passion!
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