This week, we were delighted to sit down with Florian Rose! First of all, let us just say, what a sweetheart. Florian's new single Pomegranate Boy is phenomenal - we've had it on repeat here at Much Gay HQ!
Not only is Florian as cute as a button, but his voice is wonderful. Pomegranate Boy is about as good a debut as any, and we're sure that Florian has planted a flag right in the middle of the LGBTQ music scene.
Thanks so much for chatting with us Florian. For our readers who might not have come across your music before could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you guys so much for having me! I’m so glad to be chatting with you. I’m Florian Rose, an independent artist and songwriter. I write and produce my own music, I use a lot of my life experiences being a gay boy and fantasy as inspiration; and I surround it all in a dreampop retro nostalgia soundscape. I released my debut single this year, which has been a pretty intense and rewarding experience.
Your single Pomegranate Boy is out now. Could you tell us a little bit more about it? What was the inspiration for the song?
Sure! Pomegranate Boy was the first song I wrote when I decided I was going to pursue music as a serious thing. It’s a mix between stories from my teenage years and things I wish I had lived. It’s mainly about love, being carefree and careless when you’re young. About looking for new experiences and emotions and being a little self-centred to the point where you can be unfair to those you love, but not out of pettiness, just because you don’t know any better yet.
It’s a song about that puppy love that comes when you’re so desperately seeking something that feels your own.
The video for Pomegranate Boy is awesome! Was it fun to shoot? Any behind the scenes stories you can share?
It was quite hard to shoot actually, but definitely fun. I had some ideas of what I wanted the video for my debut song to be like, and it ended up being something completely different because of the quarantine. I was unable to collaborate with anyone else. It was just me and my camera at my mother’s house, some vintage footage, and videos I had on my phone. I’m obsessed with recording scenes when I’m on the highway or walking down the street and I thought it was the perfect time to use them.
I edited the video by myself as well, that part was really fun, trying to tie together a story with the minimum things I counted with.
Can you talk us through the beautiful cover art for Pomegranate Boy?
That piece was something that, as the video, came from an unexpected place of need. I wanted something really special and as I was unable to work with other people, I thought it would be very intimate and fun to paint something myself. I’ve been into watercolours for a while now. I was never formally taught any technique, but I try to give my best with everything I do. Plus, there’s a myriad of videos around the internet of very talented people painting with watercolours, so I watched a lot, paid attention and went for it.
I uploaded the process to my Instagram account and people loved it. I even made an Instagram filter inspired by it as a gift for every person following me, they’ve been super kind, and I’m so grateful for that.
What's next for you?
I have some exciting news! I’m currently finishing the last details for my next single. It’s called 8Bit Dreams, and I’ll be releasing it on 6th November. It’s quite different from Pomegranate Boy in many aspects, but at the same time fits perfectly as a companion. I’m already thinking about some ideas for the video as well, and I think it will be pretty cool. I really look forward to seeing people’s reactions.
I’m also working on a three song EP, but that’s probably for next year.
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