Interview with Riotgrrrl Rosalyn Mazzola AKA Casper Rose From The Distillers and PrettyLittleShindig!

Rosalyn Mazzola AKA Casper Rose


Rosalyn is the vocalist of the brand new and upcoming band PrettyLittleShindig!
You may also know her as Casper Rose from the punkband The Distillers!

Her new musical style is quite different from her time in the Distillers. Instead of her guttural , raspy screams , shes now got a soft and soothing voice, wich is a really divine experince listening to.

You can clearly hear her pain and anger , but the way she brings it all together trough her music is amazing.
The guitarsound is pure awesomeness!

Her ep Songs from rehab tells a story of addiction , struggle and survival. She`s just as big a idol now as she was for all the teens back in the 2000s.

And now, after 10 years , shes back to kick some musical ass , once again!



Heres the interview!



Can you remember when your interest for music started?


- Well most of my family on my mom and Dad side are musicians so I grew up with rock n roll. I can tell you my first concert I was ever takin to and actually remember was The Cramps in 1987 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre by my aunt Diane. I was 5! All I remember was Lux starting to take his pants off and grab his dick and then my aunt Diane's hands going over my eyes haha. So it's not like I just started out of the blue becoming interested in music ya know I was just thrown into it growing up in my family. My aunt Diane gave me my first hardcore punk mixed tapes her and her friends made in the 80's for Xmas one when i was like 13-14 yrs old. One of the tapes was the Flex your head comp that just fucking blew my mind cuz  before that i was just starting to listen to The Sex Pistols,The Clash,Subhumans,The Jam....and i thought " geeez,this is punk rock?" and was unsatisfied! So when i heard S.O.A and fucking Youth Brigade for the first time i was like fuck yea that's more like it!

What made you choose the instruments you play? 


- I have 5 uncles that play guitar and my father so me playing guitar just happened? 


or what made you want to sing in the way/style you do?


- I don't know how to answer that question. Like I sing how I sing because that's what it sounds like when it comes out of my mouth I guess. 


How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?


- my Dad taught me how to play guitar. My mom sings so I don't know I guess I just ended up singing too.


Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to?

Wich one was it?


- oh shit It was About a girl by Nirvana and then every other nirvana song after that.


Which musicians has had the most impact on you ? 



-  Kurt Cobain. I was 11 when he died and It really affected me because I fucking loved nirvana. It was the first band to ever make me feel something. Like feel feel and that led to wonder of you was writing these songs. Kurt was the first person I had ever heard of who did heroin. So when he killed him self I had to know why. And so my obsession with heroin started many many years before I had ever tried it. I loved the way he played guitar his voice. They were just real to me.


Do you have any musicians you have learned from?


- Like actually learned from? My dad. I learn from him everyday.


What does playing music means to you?



-music to me is Unconditional. its something that's in me and that I has to come out. if its not able to come out of me then I feel suppressed and void. its a magical thing when you have the natural ability to recreate something you've created inside yourself.



Can you remember and describe your very first instrument?


- it was a white fender squier. I covered it with skate stickers. Independent,Spitfire... I saw Kurt Cobain playing one but his was a Strat. So then I had to have one haha. I'd never play a fender these days tho I just dislike their sound. it was exciting as fuck though having that first guitar and learning to lay. I actually had something that was mine and all mine that I cared about and that fucking meant something to me.




Are you ever influenced by old records & tapes? 


-Of course. the first "old" music I heard besides like The Stooges and Mc5 was really really fuckin old music that my dad had 45's and  cassette tapes of in my teens. They were old out of tune blues such as Skip James,R,L Burnside,Willie Mctell,Elizabeth Cotton....I remember just falling in love with this music because it was recorded so shitty and the guitars were so out of tune and these beautiful emotional vocals painfully singing about the devil and women and traveling and sorrow and losing loved ones... just made my heart stop.



When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?


- The minute I picked up a guitar and learned to play when I was 11.



How and when did you get your band together?


- ive been writing and recording songs for ever but have never put the songs out so this is just me finally getting my shit together and getting the shit out there.


which band have & are you in?


-The Distillers


How would you describe your music style to other people?


- I can't really answer that,man. 




I know you have played  live  , does it  ever happen that you  get nervous before a show?


I never stopped getting nervous before a show! I felt like i was going to die and puke on my probably already puked on pants before shows.That's why id drink and get as fucked up as possible before shows. The minute id get on stage though the nervousness went away.The few shows that i played sober though,man, were the best shows and also i remember shows that i had to play dope sick as fuck and those too were the best shows. Its like i was forced to sweat all that sickness out of me up in stage.




 What advice would you give to beginners who wants to start a music career?


- uh don't do drugs.mmmk. Seriously. Find cool people that play cool things that you get along with musically and personally. And don't do fucking drugs.



What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?


-I haven't been to a show  for over a year since ive been clean. i don't want to be around all the drunk people yet haha




Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?



As a girl , have you experienced beeing underestimatet musically?


- No I have not. Ever


Is it difficult for  you  to balance your music-career with your personal-life?


- Yes very. My boyfriend and i both have kids. He has 3 and i have 1 and he owns a painting company and i work full time with him painting and its awesome and busy. I just am really digging this normal kind of life. its feels great and i don't want to rush my music career to push my family aside.  i write music every spare moment i have and that's all i can do. I'm not trying to make a big thing out of my music. like i said i just want it to be heard.


Rosalyn has just released her bands first EP "Songs from Rehab"! You can listen and buy the EP here:itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-rehab-ep/id1213057333



Listening to your  recordings (The Distillers / PrettyLittleShindig), I can hear you have your own sound. Both hard and brutal to soft and clean vocals.  , is this something you have worked hard on to achieve?


-I don't know,man, its just how i play. The music i write now and other solo stuff ive done in the past is not something i work at doing. Its just what comes out,ya know? But i can tell you that the way i screamed in The Distillers was something i worked at. I didn't want to sound pretty or to be pretty. I wanted to be brutal and for people to think i was brutal and that took effort cuz really I was and am anything but brutal haha



Which topics are important for you to use when writing lyrics?


- things I've experienced. I don't like writing about shit I don't know about and I don't write about things that don't matter to me. Like poetry filled with just words that look pretty together or sound good together and have no substance I don't dig that.


I know you played the guitar and sang in The Distillers back in the 2000`s.
How was that experience for you?


- This is a really hard question for me to answer. Oi vey. I mean it was truly exciting for me to tour the world and play shows and play on 2 albums but it was also the start of a downward spiral for me. i just wanted to hang out with boys and wanted/needed to get fucked up and when i wasn't i was sick and miserable. I think back then I was very ungrateful for everything that Brody had invested so much of her heart into and also Tony for absolutely taking care off me on and off stage. He had to put up with a lot from me and that wasn't fair to him. id change everthing back then if i could. But I'm here now and alive and lived that life soooooo....  


And how do you see the future for your new band PrettyLittleShindig?


- Honestly i just want to write and record music. I'm not to interested in touring or playing a lot of shows. I am currently writing songs for an album.



Last but not least , what  goals do you wanna reach with your music?


- I just want to get the music out there for people who dig it is all.

Thanks to Rosalyn for this interview!

Check out her music here: http://www.facebook.com/prettylittleshindig

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