ROZES (Elizabeth Mencel) is a singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. She is best known for her collaboration. “Roses,” with the Chainsmokers in 2015.
Her new single, “Call Me,” an empowering song supporting mental health awareness was just released. The accompanying music video premiered today. ROZES wrote it at Alicia Keys’ all-female camp, She is the Music, where Keys gave her approval for the song.
Aura 32 had the opportunity to interview ROZES about the new single, female empowerment, and more.
A32: Why do you think it is so important to talk about mental health in your songs?
R: When I was younger, I struggled deeply with my mental health and didn’t understand why I felt the way I did. I always assumed that’s how my personality was. As I grew older I started learning more about mental health through therapy and started understanding that me not having the desire to get out of bed wasn’t a personality defect, but a chemical imbalance. I felt so lonely and looking back now, I don’t remember many celebrities speaking out about mental health, or anyone really speaking out about it for that matter. So I didn’t know how to cope, or how to understand that I wasn’t alone in what I was feeling. Now that I have a platform, I think it’s so important to be there for the girl I was because I wish I had someone telling me that having depression and anxiety didn’t make me an outsider.
A32: How does “Call Me” reflect that idea?
R: When writing the song, I wanted to describe the signs of someone struggling with their mental health. I wanted to talk about things that people sometimes do when they’re feeling depressed to show the listeners that they are not alone if they’re doing these same things. Not only did I want to talk about mental health struggles, but I wanted to talk about the importance of reaching out; the importance of healthy coping mechanisms.
A32: How did it feel to have Alicia Keys’ approval on the song?
R; Alicia Keys has always been one of my biggest idols and inspirations. I remember showing her this song after we had written it and she spoke about how relatable it is. Of course, this made me wonder, did the person who I looked up to and saw as the happiest, actually struggle with mental health, too? It made me feel human; it made me realize that I wasn’t alone. Her approval of the song helped me understand how this can connect to people in ways I’d never imagine, even the “happiest” of people.
A32: Why is it important to you that the song was completely composed
R: Being in an industry, and honestly, world, that is so male-dominated, it was so important to me to keep the consistency of the song being completely composed by women. I wanted to do this because it is so important that we come together and fight for each other; that we open doors and give opportunities to fellow women. The change needs to start with us- we need to lead by example, and I’m hoping by doing things like this, that I am setting an example of my own.
A32: What can fans expect from you next?
R: I have lots of fun collaborations coming out this year, and more solo music that I’m super excited about!
A32: What message would you like to leave for your fans?
R: I think I just want my fans to know that I am doing the best that I possibly can to stand up and speak out for them. I am here for them, and I will always be on their side, even when the fight isn’t fair.
Thank you ROZES for speaking with us. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Thumbnail photo: (Adam Contiello)