International artist Dave Rose offers new sound from Eastern Europe
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – A new sound from Eastern Europe is about to set the Hip Hop world on fire. Kenyan-Austrian Dave Rose is a 22-year-old recording artist currently living in Vienna and has been releasing a string of singles this year, turning heads among industry insiders around the globe. His most recent single, “Play Too Much,” is a bouncy jam that takes a playful jab at women who play hard-to-get.
“I met my girlfriend at a club about a year ago and I kept trying to get her to go on a date and she kept postponing dates and stuff,” Rose said. “One day, after we finally did start dating, I brought her with me to the club. I usually go in and hear the beat, but I’d had this specific beat for two years and that day I just started freestyling and the melody came to me right away. I was spitting bars about how I had to work hard to get a date of her, and she loved it. She thought it was funny. She busted out laughing, and we knew right away we had a hit.”
Growing up in Austria, Rose was always more interested in athletics than he was music. He was a very good basketball player who was recruited by Division 1 colleges in the U.S., but before committing to any of them, his uncle was shot and killed. He’d been very close to his uncle who had introduced him to music when he was younger. Rose began exploring music in the wake of his uncle’s death and eventually, music took over as his primary passion.
“When he died, I felt the urge to write songs,” Rose said. “I wrote my first song two days after his death and I’ve been writing ever since. For the first two years, I was just writing songs on the side while still playing basketball. I still had a dream of being an NBA player. But that passion faded over time and I spent more time writing and recording songs. Music really became my passion and since then, music is all I do – I eat, sleep and breathe music. I’m always thinking of new songs, beats, melodies, or whatever.”
Though he’s been writing since 2016, Rose didn’t release his first song until late 2019. He said he takes a lot of time to perfect his craft and make sure his songs are perfect before being released to the masses. He took singing lessons with several vocal teachers, and has developed a signature sound that’s a mellow mix of singing and rapping. As a result, Rose is able to create party songs, love songs, and tracks that fit practically any mood.
“I think my style is unique in the way that there’s no real definition of what my style is,” he said. “The rapping and singing mixture I’ve incorporated into all my songs gives it a sound that’s not out there a lot right now. It spreads good vibes, and at the end of the day, I just hope my music is the thing people can turn to in any situation. If you’re sad, go listen to one of my songs and feel better. If you’re happy, my music can make you even happier. If you’re at a party, my music is the kind of music you can listen to and it instantly makes the party better.”
Rose said he’s planning on dropping another single, “How U Do It”, at the beginning of 2021 and encourages fans to check out his music across all streaming platforms. To listen to Dave Rose’s music or to follow him on social media, please visit: