Glasgow Sophisti-Pop singer-songwriter and music producer Rosie Bans explores issues of empowerment and separateness within romantic relationships in her latest single Inside of You, There’s a Universe. The single is written, recorded, produced and mixed by Bans and is our first glimpse into a wider story of radical love. The first chapter to a larger EP arriving later this year.
Fresh out the gates, Glasgow-born and bred Rosie Bans grew up on a vibrant diet of Alice Cooper, Bert Jansch and the Spice Girls. With a deep love for the full spectrum of pop implanted by her parents, Rosie’s earliest skills and talents were nourished, soon leading her to an exciting placement at Edinburgh Napier’s Ian Tomlin School of Music.
A whirlwind creative force, she has since released six EPs and one full-length studio album, the latter generously funded by Creative Scotland. Rosie’s adept songwriting abilities have kept the attention of blogs, radio and newspapers alike and her co-written track The Little Things In Life (a collaboration with artist and producer Sam Turner) won three awards, including Best Song by Songwriter Universe Magazine in 2021.
Hitting the fiery highs and self-reflective lows of human emotion, Rosie’s repertoire continues to pulse and expand. While her 2017 debut album Identify Yourself (see our review here) honed in on straight-talking topics of mental health and grief, in particular surrounding the loss of her own mother, Rosie now switches gears in a post-pandemic world for a different kind of rhythm.
Not shy in the realm of social justice, however, Rosie is committed to supporting the music industry becoming a place for people to truly thrive in. The artist currently runs FASE, an audio collective for women, non-binary folks, and gender nonconforming producers. She is also co-founder of SongSeeds Songwriting Retreats, providing affordable and accessible online songwriting camps to artists of all abilities, and serves on the FAC’s beat board.
Rosie comments on the song as reflective of her own experiences: “I realised after years of codependent relationships that I was the common denominator in my self-sabotaging timeline. Another person can come into your life and with them bring a whole other world. Ultimately we must respect that we are all totally separate and different people. No matter how much we feel we ‘need’ a partner or partners, it’s just not true.”
“The garden only blossoms when I understand that I am the gardener, not the garden itself.”
The Rosie Bans website is here: rosiebans.com. You can follow her on Twitter as @RosieBans and Like on Facebook.
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog and you can follow him on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.