A Double-Platinum Producer...and Bajan!
Barbados is full of creative talent and twenty-seven year old Chris Rose is further proof of what can happen when you are committed to your craft. This week he received news that he is now a double-platinum producer with his work on U.S. rapper A Boogie’s album, Hoodie SZN. The album first went platinum in June 2019. Barbados Connect sat down with him to discuss his career.
BC: Congratulations on your accomplishments! Tell us, how did you get into music?
Rose: Thank you. My parents enrolled me in Violin lessons at 3 years old, then Piano lessons at 5. By the time I was 7 I played steel pan at NIFCA. I played music throughout my time at secondary school at Combermere; I was involved in the National Youth Orchestra and also completed music exams up to grade 8 in Violin and grade 7 in Piano. I got into production at 17 while I was studying in Ontario, Canada. I just started making beats in my room, and I haven’t stopped.
BC: Who are some of your musical influences?
Rose: I love listening to “oldies”. Burt Bacharach who wrote music for Dionne Warwick, Van McCoy who did work with The Stylistics and Aretha Franklin are some of the people I really like. I’m also deeply inspired by Kanye West; the way he fuses genres is different.
BC: You are known locally for your work with Teff Hinkson. You’ve just released music with Lead Pipe, and Rick Rick, among others. What are your plans on the local scene this year?
Rose: Right now I’m trying to put out as much quality music with local artists as possible; I’m always open to working with Bajan artists. Since I’ve opened my studio “Nameless”, with Dominic ‘Robbi’ Niles, I’ve had a lot more time to observe the local scene than when I was abroad. I’m hoping as we continue to get Covid under control that we can have more people coming to do their projects at the studio. I’ve also begun to offer piano lessons. I’ve had quite a few creatives who registered to improve their craft, which is great.
BC: What advice would you give to aspiring producers in Barbados?
Rose: Stay humble, be consistent, and collaborate as often as possible.
BC: March is Women’s Month, who are some women that have inspired you along this journey?
Rose: I’ve been inspired by my cousin, Sheena Rose, and her journey upwards to where she’s at as an internationally recognized visual artist. Her success and business moves have been a source of motivation for me. People who follow me on social media know what it is with my mother. She’s always supported me no matter what. I could have sold cheese on the moon and she would be proud of me.
BC: How do people connect with you?
Rose: My socials are @prodbychrisrose and @namelessbarbados on everything.