Indie Pop Powerhouse Royse sings about the intoxication of love with her latest single ‘Oxygen’
ROYSE is a U.S. singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA; known as an indie-pop powerhouse with incredible range, infectious melodies and powerful lyrics urging self-love and acceptance. Royse is an artist who can pull from the deep undercurrents to create songs that hit people in the heart with full force. Her biggest weapon is her ability to explore darkness in order to get to the light. Her aim is to make herself, and her fans, feel as though they do not need to apologise for who they are and to find peace and love within oneself.
Royse promotes body positivity
While headlining the U.S. High School Nation Tour this Autumn, Royse spoke to students promoting body positivity. Providing a hopeful message in her music often takes a lot of wading through darkness and sadness. Like Lana Del Rey, Adele, and Lady Gaga, this exploration of darkness is not overt but is something lyrically and visually represented by her and within her music. One of her most personal songs and previous single Heavy Lies the Crown was a catalyst used to share her struggle with an eating disorder when she was younger. The emotionally powerful song is also a tribute to her late aunt, who passed away from complications of anorexia. Her exploration of heavy topics in music results in beautiful melodies meant to empower those who need a hopeful message.
Love is also a huge theme in her music and the new single Oxygen is no exception – a song about when you’re so lost in love that it overtakes you and have no control over it, so feel like you’re going crazy and unable to breathe – i.e. you need oxygen.
As Royse says herself: “loving that special person is the oxygen for you. When you are with them they calm you down. They make breathing easier again. Even if it is a toxic relationship, you are so in it that you want to keep experiencing this special kind of relationship. And this is my take on this emotion and feeling.”
Interview with Royse:
I love Royse music and also what she stands for. I wanted to get to know her a little bit more. So she kindly let me ask her some more questions about her new single and also about her as an artist.
Tell me a little about Oxygen and the meaning of the song?
Oxygen was my way of getting through an overpowering chemical relationship. It explores the idea that a relationship can be so intense that it causes anxiety and is unhealthy, and that makes you more dependent on the relationship. When really you need to come up for air and realize you can go through life without this relationship.
How would you describe your music?
My First album definitely focused on a pop vibe where I tried to explore the struggles I’ve been through and turn them into something positive. I love the fact you promote self-acceptance and self-love in your music.
Can you tell me a bit more about your own journey and why this is so important to you?
It is so important to me because the way I was able to heal through my self-hatred and self-worth was by creating music. I basically use writing songs as one big therapy session and it helps me a lot.
What would be your advice to other people about body positivity and the importance of loving yourself?
My advice is to really find out what makes you, you! and use that to make an impact on the world around you.
What’s been the highlight of your music career so far?
One of my favorite moments that I will never forget is when I was on tour with High School Nation, and I was performing “If I loved you” for the first time, and the entire crowd sang it back to me. My heart literally melted.
You are based in LA. What are your favourite things about living in the city?
I love that LA attracts so many creators, and you never run out of things to do!
What is your top tip for living your best life?
Living for an audience of one…God, my creator
What are your plans next for the rest of 2020?
I have been working an insane amount on a new album that has a different vibe and some would say I am switching genres a little bit…so stay tuned!