“I am aware that I am not the typical female artist; I don’t care to be.”

Check out the interview with Rouge exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
I will say, before making music I was heavily involved in the dance industry. Straight after leaving school I choreographed as a guest artist for high schools, dance institutions, and professional companies. The desire to obtain a dancer position for an artist was also on my agenda. After a while, the whole audition process made me realize that I was interested in being the artist instead of auditioning for them.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Know who you are and what you stand for which is important in any field. Whatever it is that we/you want, work towards that through challenges that arise. Yet, never forget who you are and what you doing it for. Lastly, practice patience; it’s a necessary virtue.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenges in my position are being a beautiful, bold, young gifted woman in a male driven industry. I am aware that I am not the typical female artist; I don’t care to be. I do realize my art is different. As much as I’ve seen people gravitate towards my artistry, some people who don’t understand the presentation could be intimidated by it; it is unapologetic.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote my music I have learned is social media and most effective is public interaction. Booking shows and attending events when you can is very helpful in establishing contacts and getting people to really listen to your music.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
If you can make it here you can make it anywhere and that is the truth to the upmost. The artist that I meet and know in NY that are super talented and have a story to tell just like anyone else. Fans are definitely the hardest fans to satisfy, but I do know we are the most loving, encouraging, and loyal. Once you gain a fan from the city you have them forever.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I would like to be touring locally, internationally, and collaborating with other top artists and getting some publishing. My business ideas I hope are fully functioning and a part of my reality. Just simply living my best life surrounded around family and great friends.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Some of the top people I look up too today are my mom (she’s so loving and creative), my godfather Melvin Miller who is an expertise at anything he does, and Alan Watts as a thinker and philosopher. I also really admire Andre 3000 he’s my favorite artist along with Tupac.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music coming out today is cool, at least the music I listen too. Not really a huge fan of the radio because they play the same thing and it seems really stagnant. Places like Soundcloud and online music sites, YouTube, podcasts, etc. is what I prefer. Right now on repeat for me is Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Rick Ross’ new album, Syd’s solo album, and my current EP.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/rouge-18
Facebook: Rougey Rouge
Twitter: @wewantrouge
Instagram: @wewantrouge