Real Talk With Up-and-Coming Pop Phenomenon, Elizabeth Mencel (aka ROZES)

Sofia Pack
Sofia is currently pursuing her parent's dream of getting a business degree at Florida State. When not mistaken for being Asian, she frequently finds herself tweeting politically outspoken comments, trying to be be as non-basic on Instagram as possible, stalking DJs on Soundcloud and finishing 25 hour-long episodes on Netflix in 24 hours.

You may not think you have heard of Elizabeth Mencel, the 20something-year-old pop singer from the suburbs of Philly, but you have heard the voice behind arguably the hottest track of 2016: Roses.

The team recently caught up with Elizabeth, known by her stage name ROZES, to tap into the mind of the up-and-coming pop phenomenon. Coming off a year-long high, ROZES, with a little help from two boys known as The Chainsmokers, has not only hit number one on charts across the globe, collaborated with a range of top DJs in the industry, but she has done all of this while releasing an EP. We can’t wait to see what the future holds…

We have a good feeling about this one.


20something: What and who are your musical influences?

Rozes: I love Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, No Doubt and Fleetwood Mac. They definitely all have influenced who I am as an artist.


Your voice has proved extremely popular with a variety of DJ’s ranging from Chainsmokers and Big Gigantic to Just a Gent, Louis Fulton, and NGHTMRE. What are your thoughts on EDM music?

R: I think it’s great! I think it’s fun, emotional, energetic, and moving. I think it has created an amazing outlet for so many musicians and producers that no other genre has yet.


Who has been your favorite DJ to work with thus far?

R: I have loved everyone I have worked with. Each group or person has been a different experience and is different relationship, and I value and love them all!


With such a versatile voice that transcends genres, if you had to to change to your sound, which genre would you switch to and why?

Hmm, I would say alternative-surf-rock. Seems so fun and badass.



Has it been difficult sticking to your own sound as you collaborate more with different producers and artists?

R: I don’t think it has been difficult because the best thing about being a writer is that I have developed my own styles and methods, and no matter what comes out is really “me” anyways. Sometimes I have some weird out-of-the-box things I come up with, but in the end if it’s not for me, it could be for another artist within the industry.


It’s been almost a year since your last EP. Do you have any new music of your own coming soon? Will the sound be different than Burn Wild? If so, how?

R: Ah! Already?! I do have plans for another EP or LP! It will have sounds and emotions that of Burn Wild, while integrating some EDM-POP elements.


Who’s your celebrity crush?

R: My whole life I have had the biggest crush on John Mayer.



If you could be any other artist in the top 100 right now, who would it be?

R: The Weeknd. He’s always killing it with amazing music. He’s a genius.


When is the moment when you’ll say, “I’ve made it.”? How do you define personal success as an artist?

R: I don’t know that I will ever say “I’ve made it” because to me, success is infinite. I will always be chasing something. However, when I get my first Grammy, thats when I’ll know I’m on the right path.


Or maybe when Kanye interrupts her on stage? In any case, the 20something team is for it.


Do you have any advice for your fans or aspiring artists?

R: Work your A** off, then when you’re tired, work some more. The industry never stops, so neither should you!


Listen and watch one of the many hits called Under the Grave off ROZES’ EP, Burn Wild: