September 2018

Musicians in Bathrooms: J X Rose

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

What’s your sign?
Rose: Gemini.
J Clark: I’m a Sagittarius.

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic:
R: “Dive,” by Ed Sheeran, because there are a lot of sad songs out in the world and this song is sort of about preparing yourself for the sadness, trying to stop yourself before you get hurt. It’s not your average sad song.
JC: There are so many good songs that I think should get more credit, I don’t think I could pick. I listen to a lot of underground bands that deserve a lot more attention.

What’s the biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
R: When I’m with a bunch of my friends and we are listening to our song and everyone gets quiet to listen to my high note in the song.
JC: “Your song was just what I needed to get through this.” That compliment just hit me the hardest, because as an artist, that’s my goal—to help people get through really tough times because they have something to relate to, something that understands them (even if it’s only for a couple minutes.) My song. That’s what I’m so passionate about.

What do you sing in the shower?
R: I like to sing Alicia Keys’ “No One” as well as Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had.” But since I also share a love for musical theatre, I like to belt out “Out There” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
JC: In the shower, I sing a lot of Billie Eilish, and Rihanna. But my current favorite song to sing in the shower is “God is a Woman,” by Ariana Grande. I like to pretend I’m on a huge stage singing it.

Favorite cereal?
R: I’m a simple eater. Cheerios.
JC: I’m really addicted to Captain Crunch, but I try to avoid it because I know it’s not good for me. However, most days, I eat it anyway. And I get mad at my mom when she buys it, because she knows I will eat the whole box in one day and then feel really bad about myself afterwards.

At what venue do you most like to perform?
R: Can’t answer.
JC: We have never actually performed live yet, but we want to so badly. I’ve always wanted to perform at the Tiki Hut on the big stage they have during the week of the Fourth of July with all the lights. (Tiki Hut if you’re seeing this, maybe you could help us out?) I think that would be so cool and a really good time.

First concert you attended?
R: Doobie Brothers. I was the only six-year-old in the crowd. I knew every song.
JC: My first ever concert was a One Direction/ 5 Seconds of Summer concert (every 12-year-old’s dream). I saw it with one of my best friends and her mom. We started crying as soon as it started, and at the end, we tried everything we could to get backstage. We even snuck into the VIP section to see if One Direction was there, but no luck.

Favorite artist?
R: I cannot choose just one. I like different artists for different reasons. ZAYN for example; I like him because he is unique and different. He gets inspiration for his songs through his childhood comic books or favorite action movies. He uses his culture. He’s the kind of artist that performs and writes what he wants; he’s not trying to impress anybody. I also love Halsey. Halsey is unique; she’s gone through so much and she doesn’t let it defeat her; she’s proud of herself.
JC: I have so many artists I love and look up to. I guess to name a few: Lorde, Halsey, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, SZA, Bea Miller, Drake, and COIN. I look up to them all and listen to their music all the time. Lorde has really inspired me to be the artist I am today, though; she’s truly had the most impact. I love her.

Place you go to get away from it all?
R: The mountains. Usually the border between South Carolina and North Carolina. It’s always fun to hop in a car and go explore a waterfall or even a little creek. If it has to do with the mountains, I’m there.
JC: My ultimate favorite place to go is to a small town in upstate New York called Clyde. My family lives there. There’s so much farmland and animals, and I get to see the horses. There’s barely any cell service, so I don’t even use my phone. It’s my favorite place, and whenever I go there, I rediscover myself and who I am. Oh, and I write so many songs, it’s really inspiring there. But locally, I just go into my music room, leave my phone outside, grab a pen and a notebook and start writing. And suddenly, I can breathe again.

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
R: Instagram (band)-@jxrosemusic. Instagram (music)-@musicfromrose. Instagram (personal)-@emmarcarroll
JC: We have all three, however I personally prefer Instagram. I’m still learning how Facebook and Twitter work, but Facebook has shown the most support. Our Instagram is @jxrosemusic and our Facebook is the same.

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song:
Sally went down to the bayou…
R: Anxious for a swim; but when she arrived,
What caught her sight?
An alligator down the bend.
JC: She brought all her friends.
They put some music on the radio
And they danced ’til 10.

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
R: Brit Robertson. She’s in a bunch of my favorite movies and TV shows like The First Time, Girlboss and Tomorrowland.
JC: I think I would choose Jennifer Lawrence; she’s my favorite and I’ve looked up to her ever since she was in The Hunger Games. She reminds me of myself in some ways, too. She tripped over the stairs at the Oscars, and that’s something I would definitely do.

First instrument you learned to play?
R: Back in band class at my old school, I began to learn to play the trumpet, then I moved on to drums.
JC: The first instrument I learned to play was the piano, however I’m better at ukulele. I love playing both, though. It’s my stress reliever.

Song you were thrilled to finally master:
R: “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia. It’s a musical theatre number, and you have to hold the last note for such a long time. I just mastered it a couple weeks ago.
JC: When I learned how to play “Dumb Song” and “City of Stars” on piano, I was so excited. I love singing “City of Stars” (from La La Land), and playing and singing to my own song is so fun.

Who do you like to perform with?
R: Julia, of course.
JC: Locally, I’ve always wanted to perform with Cranford Hollow. That would be so much fun, and personally, I think it would be an amazing concert. But any local band that will give us a shot would be good!

Do you have a side gig?
R: I work at the Hilton Head Humane Association.
JC: Well, I’m in high school, so I guess my side gig is school. I also work at a Rita’s Ice for some extra money. However, my overall goal is to not have to have a side gig when I’m older, but instead to make music my one and only.

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
R: Whitney Houston. I don’t think I really started singing until I heard her songs.
JC: I would love to sing a duet with Lorde or Halsey or Drake; that would be a dream come true. I would never stop crying tears of joy. I look up to them all so much and have been listening to their music for a long time.

What animal do you most identify with?
R: A hawk. I feel like they are just free, flying freely all the time. When I sing, I fly.
JC: This is going to sound a little weird, but I think I identify most with a cheetah. They spend most of their time on their own, observing everything around them, and they are really curious. However, they have their packs sometimes and they would do anything for their pack. They’re very quick, (which I feel like relates to me thinking-wise and relates to my impatience). They love to be on the go, but they’re also perfectly fine with lying around alone. You never know what to expect from a cheetah; will it lash out or stay calm? Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know what to expect from myself in some situations; I can relate to them on that.

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