We had the good fortune of connecting with Idarose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Idarose, what inspires you?
I’m really inspired by fate/destiny/regret. A lot of my music tends to focus on the why rather than the actual details of a situation, because I’m always so fascinated by the dreams, hopes and fears that drive us to make choices in life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All artists and creatives are essentially using their voices (in whatever medium that is) to tell a story. For me, making music is a way of having conversations with myself and uncovering feelings and emotions. I’m a huge over-thinker and I always have a million thoughts running through my head, but writing songs lets me focus on one story and one emotion, and sometimes even lets me find things out about myself I didn’t know or didn’t want to know. I also produce my own music, and over the past few years, I have learned to call myself a producer. I’m always learning and growing and trying to get better, but I didn’t always have the confidence to see myself as someone who could control an entire record start to finish. So to answer the question, what sets me apart is my work behind the scenes of my music, but it’s something that shouldn’t set me apart. I don’t think we let women feel like that’s possible, which is why when I say that I wrote and produced and mixed my last song, it feels so out of the ordinary. Not all artists should have to be writers and producers and mixers, but for me, having that kind of control is magical – that I can be walking around my house or driving in my car and get an idea for a song, see it all the way through to a final mix, and hear my vision on Spotify is insane to me. Through all of the struggle that comes with being in the music industry, when I hear that people love the songs, whether they are into the production or they mess with the vibe or they relate to the meaning, it makes me feel like it’s all worth it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I grew up in South Florida and went to school at the University of Miami, so I’ve got too many favorites, but I’ll list a few! The first might be simple, but driving down A1A at golden hour is one of my favorite ways to clear my head – the views are perfection. I’m a lover of food, so I have to mention a few of my favorite restaurants. The Vagabond Motel is an adorable spot near the design district and they’ve got a great Greek/Mediterranean restaurant. Close by is Moshi Moshi which has such good sushi (and stays open pretty late), and then not far from that is Cream which is this a really cute ice cream shop with the most adorable decor. Lagniappe is a fantastic place for wine, cheese and live music – a perfect date spot. For dancing and an amazing Asian fusion food market all in one, go to 1800-Lucky in Wynwood. Greenstreet Cafe in the Grove is a really nice brunch option, and so is Threefold which is also in the Gables.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, there are so many people who have pushed me and supported me and challenged me to be better along the way. The first group I’d love to give a shoutout to are all the music teachers who encouraged me not only to pursue music but who gave me the space to work on my original music. Some of those teachers are Amanda Satchell, Doug Evers, Debra Hampton, Michael Testa, Christopher Cicconi, Raina Murnak, and Dan Strange. I’d also love to give a shoutout to Johnny Mars who was truly the first person in the music industry to give me a chance and set me up for success. This is an industry that relies so heavily on connections and who you know, and even if you start with zero connections, it only takes one person to change everything.