Roxanne de bastion

Roxanne De Bastion

Clever, artful folk pop is the musical realm of singer songwriter Roxanne de Bastion. We spend 30 seconds with her ahead of the release of new LP, Heirlooms & Hearsay.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 1 Mar 2017
  • min read
Clever, artful folk pop is the musical realm of singer songwriter Roxanne de Bastion.

The Berlin-born, London-based artist has enjoyed a busy 12 months, writing and recording her forthcoming second album Heirlooms & Hearsay. The album celebrates the life of her grandfather, a pianist from Hungary who made a new home for himself and his family in Stratford upon Avon after enduring the Second World War.

Elsewhere Roxanne has been touring extensively, performing as support to the likes of Martha Wainwright and gracing the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury. She has also thrown herself into her work campaigning on behalf of independent artists, sitting on the board of the Featured Artist Coalition as well as being elected to the PPL Performer Board towards the end of 2016. Roxanne was also a recent recipient of support from the PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund, an initiative celebrating its fifth year anniversary today.

Ahead of the LP release and accompanying tour, we spend 30 seconds with Roxanne to find out more about her songwriting loves and new album. You'll be able to catch her on tour in May...

I first started writing music because… 
I had something to say.

I have been making music since…
I saw Yellow Submarine when I was four and fell in love with harmonies, hammond organs and songwriting. I moved to London from Berlin after I finished school and have been writing and gigging ever since.

My music is… 
Thoughtful pop music, so I've heard. It sometimes appears on the folk shelf or an Americana line-up, but has also been called riot grrl on the odd night.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Singer songwriters of the sixties, Regina Spektor and anything that tells a story.

My favourite venue is…
There are so many great venues! My album launch is going to be at The Roundhouse, which is one of my favourites, so I can't wait for that. I've seen incredible shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Waldbühne in Berlin. Those are on my to do list in terms of playing.

Music is important because…
It gives me purpose. It's older than language and one of the best things about being human.

My biggest inspiration is…
John Lennon and all the talented, hard working singer songwriters out there.

My dream collaboration would be…
With Jack White or maybe even Chuck Berry? Either would be amazing.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Run or Rerun, but best to take a punt and come to a show

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Writing and listening to all the Beatles' albums all the time. Ok, I do that anyway ... I don't know what I would do, I've never considered anything else.

In 10 years’ time I want to be… 
Happy still.

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Roxanne was funded via the PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music initiative, which announces it’s five year anniversary today (Wednesday 1 March).

Listen to Heart of Stone from the album.