Rose Haze
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Rose Haze

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Alternative Indie





Fans of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive definitely won’t want to miss out on the latest release from Indie artist Rose Haze. “Edge of Something” evokes 90s nostalgia whilst simultaneously giving you that all too rare sense of aural euphoria which can only come from hitting play on a brand-new artist offering pioneering vision, and deft artistic execution through their sound.

There may be more nuances of Pop than you would find in a 90s Shoegaze hit with the clear vocal diction which sits neatly above the instrumentals. Yet, you’ll be able to expect the same sludgy mesmerism from the guitars which still resonate as cuttingly angular despite the layers of Reverb.

Edge of Something is so much more than your ordinary revival track, and Rose Haze’s arrestive approach to production is definitely anything other than assimilative. The up and coming artist achieved a moody yet ethereal track with Edge of Something, and it’s not all too often that we can say that.

You can check out the latest single from Rose Haze for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. - A&R Factory


Self described as psycho dreampop, the lead singer is originally from Ohio, was temporarily based in Kauai, and is currently located in the Bay Area. Her music is heavy and her social media presence is consistent and strong. She plays multiple instruments, is married to her cat, and likes to roller skate. If you’re bored you won’t be after following her. - Broke Ass Stuart

"Rose Haze’s New EP is a Dream-Pop Odyssey"

Rose Haze is an indie dream-pop band that blends the ethereal with the industrial as imagined by frontwoman Kate Ramsey. Currently based in the Bay Area, she embodies the persona of “Rose” on stage and intertwines spacey vocals with a harp, 70s electric pianos, synths, vintage guitars, and effects pedals.

For the last four years, Kate’s been a rolling stone, living across the Midwest, New Orleans, Europe, & Kauai. During that time, Rose Haze wrote and released a series of singles that received critical acclaim from A&R Factory and The Bay Bridged, among others. Now they’ve repackaged the tracks into a cohesive EP called Callipygian Interloper with a new, unreleased video for “Edge of Something” as the featured visual. The songwriting behind the Callipygian Interloper EP spans a 4-year era during which Kate, the leader of Rose Haze, was searching to find her voice in music and a sense of belonging in an artist community. She discussed these themes in a recent interview with Liliana Morrisey.

How has living in different places affected the sound of the music you make?

Every place evokes a particular energy to people who listen, and I definitely listen. Back home in Ohio, I began maturing emotionally and musically alongside a backing band of jazz musicians much more proficient than me, and I identified strongly with young Joni Mitchell, but I would NEVER dare compare myself to her. Due to the nature of my being so close to my roots, my chaotic childhood and first few heartbreaks surfaced a lot and I wrote more deeply and naturally, without much technical thought, due to general insecurity, very rough cycles of depression and anxiety, and simply just getting my thoughts out to feel better. My music is very precious to me, and is a very deep release through which I find healing. Over the years, and with travel, I grew stronger in my sense of self, and I believe that shows in the recordings and on stage. When I began my second record I had more creative control over my music, that album was more calculated because of what I experienced both as a musician and just as a human being in New Orleans, Europe on two occasions, and then beginning my discovery of Kaua’i. I chose to isolate myself there on the island to strengthen my physical body and continue working on my mental health which was in much better shape than when I was in Ohio, and of course track my second album. The beauty there made it effortless to work out, every moment was a workout, and when I wasn’t surfing, climbing, running, or sunbathing, I was writing music alone every day and night with the sounds of palm trees, the ocean, birds, and bugs. That paradise turned sour with a failed strange relationship in which I was manipulated and deceived, so it hastened my pace to move somewhere else, but I was already working towards moving to Los Angeles to start a band (with that ex, but he never showed up, a complete heartbreak, but a blessing in the end). But I obviously ended up in Oakland and that’s where I’ve stayed. The music I’ve produced and performed in the bay area has come from a very distinct vision, because I had so much down time on Kaua’i to really design that vision, that was the a lot of the purpose of being there. I realized I wanted to play psych rock, and step away from that more singer-songwriter mode, so I brought the basic sketches for some new music to the bay and found the right musicians to complete the sound I wanted.

How do you meet and work with people who share a similar artistic vision?

I was never good at this until I came to California, as prior to, I was a bit aimless and still searching for my own vision. As mentioned, by the time I left Kaua’i, I knew what I wanted and I wanted it fast. The only person I knew connected me to my first drummer. He still plays with us from time to time. Because I played with jazz guys back in the day, I always found it best that I have my main players, and some backups so that no matter what, I can play the gig. Due to this strange adrenaline from the Kaua’i breakup catastrophe (that’s so deep I can’t even get into it), I was fueled to find folks really fast, so I tried some things I never thought I would, I looked online at music networking sites. It’s hilarious to us, because neither of us ever used it before or after, but I met Ruben, my guitarist, on We laugh so hard about it and we joke about how they should sponsor the band. From there I just got out there and watched bands, went to open mics as a solo artist, I introduced myself to everyone, against my introverted ways, and I looked for talent and was just straight up, “hey I need a band, send folks my way.” It’s just a thing you can’t explain, but I knew what to look for and would think, “okay this player can do this, and this will work for a while until what I really want comes along.” And I just recently this summer got exactly the backing group I want. We are a tight family and they’re all devoted to the music, and without them it wouldn’t be the same music. Sure, they’re all my songs, but the songs come to life because of them.

Is it difficult to build and maintain relationships when you move around a lot?

Absolutely, it’s been really hard not to get down on myself for not “staying put” and having that 10 year band in a local scene that everyone knows and got drunk with in college. Because I know what it takes, and I left the drunk college fans in Ohio and took a leap of faith. Building a local (or bigger) fanbase takes time, or a lot of money. People have turned on me left and right, my own past musicians even, for leaving Ohio. There was one musician in particular who I still tear up about, who chose to exit my life for really bizarre reasons, but I just send love. People sometimes hate when you abandon them, especially from a place like Ohio, but on the same token, there are the other people who love that you are following your dreams. I had to do what I had to do to get to where I am. I have friends all over the map, and I know a great deal of them would welcome me if I showed up again, but I felt like I was starting over in 2019, and that’s hard, because I’m not new to music, and I have albums from 2016. Because I wanted to get into the bay area scene fast, I simply just did not let one single self-doubt get in the way, and I got out there and just started booking in 2019 before we were even technically ready as a band, and carried through with any virtual mediums I could during the pandemic. There wasn’t any time to waste. In my younger years, I had crippling stage fright and self-hate and it got me nowhere. I knew I could put on a good show and my soul was aching for the stage.

What about the Bay Area made you want to stay and put down roots there?

The bay is just incredibly beautiful for one, and as we all know it’s insanely expensive! This makes the scene interesting because if you want to make it here, you have to really want it. From the start, I left Kaua’i and landed in the bay because my cousin / best friend had bought a home in the east bay. I lived in her tiny home in the backyard and only intended to stay for a few months until I could get down to LA. Then I met Ruben. That was pretty much the end. I was like, he is the sound. He’s the sound AND he is an awesome human, AND he is devoted to my music. I’m like, I won’t find that in LA. So I should work with what has presented itself here and see this through. Then the pandemic hit and I was for sure staying put.

What are some of the challenges you face as an artist in the pandemic era?

It was awful. Bloody awful, we all went through it. My birthday is 3/23 and I will never forget my birthday in 2020, it was the first day of global lockdown. I went to a beach with Ruben and sobbed. But it was awesome. I sulked for about a week and released “Untouched” that I wrote and recorded that very week to lift myself up, it’s about quarantine and is a true story. Then I took it upon myself to become the ringleader of silliness to make it through. We decided to quarantine together early on. I took my bandmates out in rental convertibles and cruised. We played mini rock shows on my cousin’s back deck. I rollerbladed my days away. I schemed, I planned, I kept recording, I kept writing. I networked online. I decided that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my hard work. We had the EP in mind for a May 2020 release and a tour to follow. It broke my heart because I felt like I didn’t have another year in me to wait, to have that same momentum we had in late 2019 as a band. So I decided to continue to release singles and music videos. We wrote other songs, we zoomed, we livestreamed, we even dressed up as sailor moon and did a livestream. In fact, I believe I was the most active artist I knew in 2020. I bought a harp. I learned to play it. We just did whatever we had to as a group. It was a blessing that we had my cousin’s backyard to enjoy during that weird time. It made me learn how to pace myself as an artist, learn patience as an artist, and I really manifested how I would approach returning to the stage.

What message do you hope to spread with your music?

I want people to feel good when they see me perform, listen to my records, and hear my lyrics. I also want people to be reminded through my music that feeling bad is necessary, and it’s going to happen, but to relish in the good, to learn how to move through the bad, laugh it off, and when it feels like there is no end in sight, to remember, there is, there always is, and that they are not alone. Beyond that, I want them to learn things about themselves through my words, my experiences. I’ve put myself in some weird predicaments out of pure alice-chasing-the-rabbit curiosity and found myself in bizarre situations from just plain bad luck, and I want my fans to connect to those stories & moments, to find healing or familiarity from my music. My first two albums are very much stories from the songwriter. But I grew bored of that style and wanted to write some dancier tunes with less intense lyrics because I felt happier, and I wanted to dance to my music, and for others to dance too. I want people to experience a range of sounds and thoughts. Overall, the message I want to spread is that empathy is the ultimate path to true love, and that no matter what, everyone on this planet is going through it, and that true success or happiness is not achieved by how many followers we get or how much money we have, but how we treat other people and ourselves. I also want people to learn how to actually truly cut loose and dance again, and not care what people in the room think of them, if you know what I mean.

What advice would you give to young people who feel lost and struggle to find their identity?

Breathe. My mom was always like, “take deep breaths.” I was like, really mom? Deep breaths? She clearly didn’t understand anxiety and depression and hating yourself. Then I realized, oh, it works. But you have to connect to the breath. That’s something I had to learn on my path. That’s a starting point. When breathing doesn’t work, try singing, because that actually will regulate your breath and open your lungs but your brain is focused on making sound not what’s in your head. If you suck at singing, or are embarrassed of singing, hum or tap on something, place your hands on a wall and feel your own body against something to ground yourself. Meditation is something that doesn’t have to be done on the floor on a mat with your legs crossed, in fact, it took me years to get to that point. Just remember to send little love notes to yourself. The path to finding ourselves cannot be walked by anyone but ourselves. No one is like another person. These things we hear, but we don’t believe or understand these “special snowflake” euphemisms when we aren’t settled in ourselves yet. Trust the process. Learn to love the process. The process is the fun part. Above all, listen. Listen to yourself. Your gut, your heart, your brain, only you know which path to take. Some of us know what we want at 18, I didn’t. I had to go down about 900 paths, some over and over again, to get to one that was a little more linear with a few bumps here and there. Don’t take someone else’s path. Stay on yours, and the only way to do that is to breathe and listen. Oh, and definitely connect with nature and drink tons of water. - Divine Media

"Rose Haze’s New EP is a Dream-Pop Odyssey"

Rose Haze is an indie bedroom-pop band that blends the ethereal with the industrial as imagined by frontwoman Kate Ramsey. Currently based in the Bay Area, she embodies the persona of “Rose” on stage and intertwines spacey vocals with a harp, 70s electric pianos, synths, vintage guitars, and effects pedals. For the last four years, Kate’s been a rolling stone, living across the Midwest, New Orleans, Europe, & Kauai. During that time, Rose Haze wrote and released a series of singles that received critical acclaim from A&R Factory and The Bay Bridged, among others. Now they’ve repackaged the tracks into a cohesive EP called Callipygian Interloper with a new, unreleased video for “Edge of Something” as the featured visual.

The songwriting behind the Callipygian Interloper EP spans a 4-year era during which Kate, the leader of Rose Haze, was searching to find her voice in music and a sense of belonging in an artist community.

The narrative begins with “Edge of Something,” the story of Kate’s time in New Orleans when left her roots in Ohio. She had little money and felt somewhat emotionally unstable and aimless, but she decided to put her all into pursuing her passion for music. Performing solo in the streets all through the night was exciting, but her music did not fit the style of New Orleans. So she held on to her transient mindset and spent a summer in Europe focusing on simply letting the wind move her from foreign place to place working on film and music productions with really no specific goal.

Eventually the wind brought her to Kaua’i where she decided to really remove herself from the chaos of the music industry to really ground into her roots, meditate, heal from various traumas in her youth, and truly go deep into her soul. She completed her second full length album but was writing new material that ended up as “Disco Vampire” and “Vortex.” These two tracks are about her time on the island feeling isolated, working through complex personal issues, and learning how to heal from narcissistic personalities who had taken advantage of her empathic nature.

In 2019, Kate felt ready to share her music as a performer again and moved to the SF bay area with every intention of ending up in Los Angeles. Circumstance kept her in the bay area and she realized that she had found that voice and community she set out for in 2017. After playing a few gigs, Rose Haze was ready to release an EP and go on tour. That was halted by the global lockdown. After considering holding out, Kate decided to release a few of the songs she had ready as singles. This led to a great team effort of working from the “bedroom studio” with Ruben Gonzales, her guitarist and mix engineer. Their rhythm in music and production was on fire, and they went on to release “As If” and “Untouched.”

Each song on the Callipygian Interloper EP has its own story that fits into a lonesome traveler’s journey of finding artistic self, healing traumas, and getting through quarantine. This EP is intended to give the listener that story in one package.The name Callipygian Interloper refers to Kate feeling like an intruder with “well-shaped buttocks” in her own story to find her artistic self on Kaua’i and take that confidence to California to put the band of her dreams together. - The Indie Source

"Rose Haze - Disco Vampire"

Rose Haze is a progressive indie-soul-psych-rock symphonic band. Described as a rolling stone, her song catalog tells stories of the lone traveler experiencing blissful highs and devastating lows while on the road to nowhere, somewhere, and anywhere set to mood-oriented sonic canvases. She now resides in the San Francisco bay area where she cultivates her indie-groove-soul-pychadelic sound with: Ruben Valdez Gonzales’ (fuzzy textural guitar), Yoko Miyakawa (metal violin), and Raul Becerra (deep funky bass). With Rose’s trippy organ leads, guitar flairs, and ethereal vocals floating on top, they create a unique sound that dances between all genres.

Rose Haze’s “Disco Vampire” will allure you in with its ethereal pop style. Rose’s misty vocals mesmerize against Ruben Valdez Gonzales' electronic beats, distorted guitar, and ambient effects. The intensity is achieved through doubled harmonies and eerie reverb on the vocals giving the song a chill, goth-rock style. Yoko Miyakawa’s electric string violin sneaks it's way in during the verse cascading over Rose’s mesmerizing vocals. “Disco Vampire” is an intriguing and intense pop song with a complex, yet chill vocal style. Rose’s lyrics, arrangement, and production lure listeners in with haunting background effects and synth beats.

Love is not easy, especially when you’re involved with a member of your band! Rose Haze wrote “Disco Vampire” about a forbidden love between two band members. The song is about desire and deviance. In the beginning, the song slowly builds to the rapid synth beat depicting an intense need to be close to this person as the chorus sings:

“Sleep a little longer baby, Dream a little wilder maybe, Forget what I said yesterday, You gotta help me push on through, I cannot believe what I’m hearin, Don’t you dare let me go.”

Rose Haze is a modern-day rebel who uses bold artistry to express herself freely. There’s an underlying sensual nuance to this song that is captures both the extrovert and the introverts with the explicit and subtle imagery of attraction and infatuation. "Disco Vampire" is an enticing, exciting, and engaging song that will musically hypnotize you. - Indie Spoonful

"New Single, Disco Vampire"

Independent Psych Rock princess Rose Haze has been making waves in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene with exciting releases of experimental dream-pop psychedelia, and Disco Vampire is another fun song, perfect for musing as you dance along. Stoned in a Zoom Quarantine party? Ask the DJ to give this one a spin.

Right off the bat, we are presented with the vamp that will drive the song, a warm and intriguing bassy synth line. An electro-pop beat comes in shortly after, along with a bright saw synth pad that opens up, pulsates, and changes panning. As well as an arpeggiating eighties-inspired soft bell/chime synth. All these elements come together really nicely to set the mood for a dreamy and upbeat verse.

Haze lived in Kauai with her ex-boyfriend (and bandmate) and although their love was strong she had a gut feeling that one day he was going to break up with her. The lyrics reflect her fear but also her sassy attitude: “dream a little wilder maybe, forget what I said yesterday. You gotta help me push on through.” Roses’ voice is playful and the vocal melody suggests a hint of melancholy and Asian melodic influences.

After the first verse, the beat changes to a four on the floor, disco beat, and we are definitely dancing at this point. The hook is melodically similar to the verse, yet it presents a strong refrain. Rose’s vocals are layered in a natural and organic way; you can hear bits of the different layers stacked together to create a powerful and ever so slightly haunting sound. The vocal melody is also played by an electric violin in unison with the vocals adding to a cool 70’s disco flair.

In a short instrumental part that follows, the pedal-laden eclectic guitar comes in and takes the song into the Rose Haze signature sound. The stereo image is pleasant on the ear with the guitar coming from the front-center, the synths on the right, and the electric violin on the left. The bass synth provides a foundation and ties it all together.

The guitar takes on a grunge sound and continues to play on top in the second verse: panned to the left and complimenting the dysphoric notion of the lyrics:

“desolation from the ruler of your darkest thoughts, so cruel yeah”

When the refrain returns, we get a sense of cathartic relief, literally dancing away the pain of anxiety from a potential breakup. You can hear in Rose’s voice how much she wanted to hang on to the idea of the relationship, which is something pretty much anyone can relate to:

“speak the words I want you once more. Do you love me? I need to know”

Before the last verse comes in there’s a segment that features Rose’s talking voice, layered, creating what seems to be an expression of a stream of consciousness and mind chatter. All the while the electric guitar is creating a psychedelic meddling-with-pedals type of playing adding to the dreamy air of confusion this section is creating. We then transition into a Moog-sounding lead synth solo over a beat that now has additional percussive elements to it, adding to the emotional build-up that takes us all the way into the third and last verse.

“anxiety manipulates your insight. Mask the pain with humble true light”

The lyrics state as we transition back into a more pensive mood, returning to a simpler arrangement.

After revisiting the refrain, Rose repeats the phrase “do you love me? I need to know” concluding the meaning of the song, with the essence of young love. Love Bat For Lashes and Grimes? Rose Haze is their love child with a psych-rock guitarist, take a listen! - Balanced Breakfast

"Premiere: Rose Haze, “Sea”"

Everyone give a warm, sun-soaked welcome to new(ish)comer Rose Haze.

Haze has been mostly a nomad for the last few years, and her travels have recently landed her in the Bay Area. The song “Sea” has had a nomadic life, too, taking shape over a number of states and continents: Written in Ohio, edited in Crete, and recorded on Kauai. Get swept up in the psychedelic sounds and the sweeping island vistas in the video below. - The Bay Bridged

"The Indie Song of the Day"

The Indie Song of the Day comes from Rose Haze, an indie/psych-rock/dream-pop artist from the California area. Rose has songwriting style that’s a bit all over the place musically, but lyrically she tells stories of a single traveler who experiences highs and lows on the road to nowhere. She lives in the San Francisco area and the music she’s been making lately borders more on the dream pop style of things. Her music can feature fuzzy guitars, cello, metal violin, organ, and more – it’s just an amalgumut of the awesomely odd. Her new single is called “Edge of Something” and it was slated to be released on Monday, but due to the current state of the world she’s releasing the song today and doing it solely through BandCamp. 20% of the release will go to relief funds while the rest of the money from the release will go directly to Rose and the band. The lyrics of “Edge of Something” were written by Rose while she spent time in New Orleans while taking a break from recording her album. The track features a psychedelic vibe that’s easy to get lost in. Be sure to head over to BandCamp and pick up the song too. - Alternative Addiction


Still working on that hot first release.



ROSE HAZE is an ethereal, psychedelic, progressive, dreampop band.

Leader and singer-songwriter Kate was once a rolling stone sharing her music across the Midwest, New Orleans, Europe, & Kauai. Now based in Oakland, she is supported by a high-energy band comprised of guitar, bass, drums, and occasionally electric violin, harp, or horns. Together they create musical layers difficult to peg into any one specific genre. Elements of pulse-driven hypnotic dreampop, lush textural shoegaze, sultry psychedelic rock, and soulful expressions drive their sound. “Rose Haze” is a musical persona and moniker for Kate, but it also perfectly describes the hazy, psychedelic, flowery, and sometimes thorny essence of the band as a whole.

Throughout her vast discography Kate tells stories of the lone female traveler running around from place to place up through finding elation and contentment from devoting her life to art. She paints unique arrangements of spacey vocals alongside harp, analog synths & pianos, vintage guitars, and effects pedals onto moody sonic canvases.

Idiosyncratic, honest, and unabashedly vulnerable, her presence both online and on stage is hers and hers alone.

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