Casa Rosa shares insights into her latest single release “Lone rider”, her creative process and hopes for her music, which blends classical styles with modern songwriting to shape the future of music.
Sydney brothers Josh and Sam Harper, known as Casa Rosa, recently released their new single. Lone Rider demonstrating her unique sound and commitment to experimentation in the alt-indie and country genres.
In the grand tradition of musical siblings who left an indelible mark on the industry, from the melodious Finn brothers to the rockin’ Young brothers and the soulful Teskey brothers, Casa Rosa proudly stands as a testament to the power of family and musical synergy .
The Harper brothers have earned praise for their raw, emotional and authentic storytelling, which effortlessly blends diverse genres and styles to create a unique sound that sets them apart from their peers. With her signature guitar-driven hooks and velvety smooth vocals, Casa Rosa’s devotion to the fundamentals of classic songwriting is evident in every note.
In an exclusive interview, Casa Rosa shares insights into her creative process, inspirations and hopes for her music. From their love of Sydney’s Inner West and the city’s vibrant live music scene to their childhood memories of watching music videos, the brothers’ experiences have all played a role in shaping their music.
As they continue to evolve their sound, Casa Rosa remains committed to blending classical music styles with modern songwriting and hooks, creating a sound that reflects their passion for music and commitment to pushing boundaries. Ultimately, they hope their music will contribute to the ongoing conversation about cultural issues and shape the future of music for generations to come. Following the ethos of making music for love first and foremost, Casa Rosa is certainly already on the road to success, the rest would just be icing on the cake.
Happy: What are you doing today?
CasaRosa: Today we are fortunate to record vocals for a new set of songs in our home studio!
Happy: Tell us about your suburb, what do you love/don’t love about where you live?
CasaRosa: We currently live in Sydney’s Inner West. Lots of live music and pubs/bars make it an inspiring place. It’s very different from the suburban Northern Beaches we grew up in, which was good for writing but not so much for performing.
Happy: Describe your average working day.
CasaRosa: We usually go about our day jobs but ideally in the evening we can fit in some writing or mixing or even a gig.
Happy: What about your ultimate day?
CasaRosa: Our ultimate day connects together, starting with some long blacks, then a swim and a Thai lunch. In the afternoons we love to get down to writing and practice, top it all off with a great performance and make a dent in a keg of beer with our buddies.
Happy: How did your dynamic as a sibling influence your process of making music?
CasaRosa: As siblings, we know we’re comfortable and can trust each other’s musical abilities. We always know that we can be our true selves when we are together. We resonate very well as we grew up together and were exposed to similar experiences and musical influences.
Happy: Do you find it easier or harder to work with someone who knows you so well?
CasaRosa: We definitely find it easier to work together. We implicitly understand each other’s references and the direction we want to go musically. It’s also a lot easier to criticize your brother than someone you don’t know that well. We can both take criticism from each other without taking it personally or worrying that it might get awkward.
Happy: Can you talk about specific moments or experiences that inspired your music?
CasaRosa: We’ve been performing together for over a decade. We have a lot of memories and experiences from school concerts, where we cut our teeth as musicians and learned how to put on a show – even if it was a bit rough at the time.
Happy: What role do you think family and community play in shaping your music and career?
CasaRosa: Family is always a big part of a person’s musical influence. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our parents’ love of music and the music loving/playing friends we grew up with.
Happy: What did you read or watch growing up that fueled your passion for music?
CasaRosa: When we were younger we watched a lot of music videos. We watched the thriller music video over and over again even though it scared us to death. Things like that showed us that music can come from the heart, but some of the best stuff doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Happy: Can you give some insight into the recording of Lone Rider? Can you share a bit about your creative process, from coming up with song ideas to recording and producing your music?
CasaRosa: Written in one sitting, Lone Rider was inspired by Sergio Leone films and spaghetti western vibes. It was the first time we recorded an entire song in the studio. Everything else before that had been recorded at home. We spent two days at A Sharp Studios, playing live in the room and experimenting with Western sounds through 12-string guitars, maracas and other percussion steeped in reverb. We then got our friend Jy Perry Banks (aka Steelin’ Hearts) to play some pedal steel on the track, which really brought out some cowboy energy.
Happy: How has your music evolved over time and what do you think are the main themes and ideas that run through your work?
CasaRosa:We’ve always been subtly influenced by classic blues and country, but after our recent trip to the US, we’ve really embraced those sounds. We were inspired by many great musicians from Austin and Nashville.
We’re always trying to blend old-school musical styles with modern songwriting and hook-inspired melodies.
Happy: What role do you think music plays in shaping and reflecting on contemporary culture, and how do you hope your music contributes to this conversation?
CasaRosa: Music will always play a huge role in shaping cultural conversations. Music can be at the forefront of cultural change, but it can also keep us connected to our roots. We hope that our music can combine modern ideas and values with styles and themes of the past.
Happy: In the current music industry landscape, where streaming and social media play a huge role in how music is distributed and consumed, how do you navigate the business side of things while staying true to your artistic vision?
CasaRosa: It’s a tough environment to navigate in with so much talent out there. It can be tough living in a world where musicians are sometimes judged by their social following rather than the music they create. The most important thing is to focus on creating songs and content that we love. That’s all that matters hey?
Happy: Looking ahead, what are your plans for the future, both in terms of new music and your career as a whole?
CasaRosa: We really want to record as much good music as possible and play more shows – simple as that. Live music is definitely booming in Australia right now after being closed for so long. We would also like to expand beyond Sydney and play some new spots across the country.
Happy: what makes you happy
CasaRosa: The people who sing along to our songs at our shows is a pretty crazy thing that definitely makes us happy. We’re honestly happy just hanging out and making music together, but if that makes other people happy too…you can’t beat it!
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