Com­ing up, Rose is

De­but EP from dark elec­tronic mu­sic star, writes San­diso Ngubane

The Times (South Africa) - - Big Night In -

The name Rose Bon­ica was only a mur­mur among elec­tronic mu­sic scen­esters a year ago, but that’s chang­ing big time as the DJ and pro­ducer drops her EP The Rosy Dis­po­si­tion. (The ti­tle is a play on her name, Na­talie-Rose Perel.)

“A few months ago I was feel­ing to­tally de­feated,” says Bon­ica. “I’d been turned in­side out and ex­posed. I didn’t want to cry any­more, so I sat down and tried to make mu­sic so I could stop my mind from over­think­ing. I made the first two tracks of the EP, which then helped me form a bet­ter idea of what I wanted it to be.”

The re­sult is a dark and emo­tional jour­ney through tracks like I Was Try­ing to be Sin­cere, Please Don’t Tell Me To Re­lax, I Just Need A Mo­ment, and the less angsty No One Will Love You Like Your Par­ents Do.

She ad­mits to still try­ing to find her feet with her cre­ative process.

“I think at one point I was us­ing a word a day from the dic­tio­nary, and try­ing to make a track around the word. Other times, I’ll start work­ing on some­thing be­cause some­one’s just sent me an amaz­ing track and I feel in­spired.”

Like most as­pects of the in­dus­try, elec­tronic mu­sic is male-dom­i­nated, and Bon­ica says she finds it a bit funny that it’s of­ten as­sumed that she is a singer when she tells peo­ple that she makes mu­sic.

She’s not only in­volved on the tech­ni­cal side of things, but is also co-run­ner of a la­bel, Wet Dreams Record­ings, through which The Rosy Dis­po­si­tion was re­leased.

“It’s been a chal­lenge be­cause it has in­volved a lot of ad­min,” she says of be­ing both an artist and la­bel boss.

“With­out the foun­da­tion that Wet Dreams Record­ings had al­ready built be­fore I joined I don’t think I would have had the con­nec­tions I do now with some amaz­ing artists around the world. With my first re­lease as a la­bel man­ager, the Work Not Hype com­pi­la­tion, and this re­lease as Rose Bon­ica, I got to work along­side glob­ally renowned artists like Al­tered Na­tives, Jump­ing Back Slash, Flex Blur, Lost Lover, VGRRR and Big Space. Any sleep­less nights have been worth the op­por­tu­ni­ties it all brings to the ta­ble.

“In­spi­ra­tion is a key ele­ment and so is com­mu­nity, both of which I’m see­ing hap­pen­ing more,” she says.

● The Rosy Dis­po­si­tion is now stream­ing on

“I didn’t want to cry any­more, so I tried to make mu­sic so I could stop over-think­ing”

BLEAK LIKE ME Rose Bon­ica, who has re­leased her first record on Wet Dreams Record­ings

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