Momoko Rose is an exciting act in Geelong that blends influences from Bjork and Florence and the Machine with clever lyricism.

She’s taking to the In Bloom stage at the Geelong Show and we thought it was the perfect chance to have a chat with her. Have a read below, and see her at the Geelong Show on Friday, October 20.

Can you please tell us a bit about your act?

As a singer-songwriter, I am interested in the human condition and self reflection. I usually write about people, values and emotions that have shaped my life. Because I’m influenced by my visual arts background, my ideas are communicated through vivid imagery; and my band supports me in creating soundscapes that accurately reflect this visual language. Stylistically, I draw inspiration from other female artists such as Björk and Florence and the Machine – there is an ethereal quality to my music. This is accompanied by folk and jazz inspired arrangements.

How long have you been performing?

I have been writing original songs and performing them on my own since I was about 15. Now at 19 I feel I have gained my confidence as a songwriter and a performer, which has lead to me forming a band around my work. By playing with other people I am looking to be more collaborative in my songwriting process.

Do you remember your first gig and what was it like?

I’m unsure of when and where exactly my first gig was, but I know earlier on as a performer I didn’t have the confidence I do now. I am naturally a very shy person so most people don’t expect someone of my character to be so driven to express openly through an art form like music. However, I think my introverted personality demands that I create to express.

What can we expect to see from your performance at the Geelong Show?

Recently I have been teaming up with Johanna, another local artist, doing stripped back performances as a duo. We’ll be performing each of our original songs acoustically, backing one another with vocals and percussion. I have just recorded an EP that is soon to be released, so you will hear the songs that are on there as well as some older and newer songs.

Who’s another Geelong act (or from around the region) you’d love to collaborate with and why?

At the moment I am beginning to work collaboratively with Johanna. I think her style and the way she expresses herself through song is very similar to me. It’s easy for me to connect deeply with her music. If I was going to say someone else though I would probably say Joshua Maxwell de Hoog. I do love his paintings and photos as well as his music, and I think it would be cool to team up with another creative of multiple disciplines.

What do you think of the current state of the Geelong music industry and where do you think it is headed?

Honestly, I don’t think I’d be able to make an educated statement on this since I actually live on the Surf Coast and have only been in Victoria for around three years. However, I do think it’s great that a young musician like myself has the opportunity to play at an event like the Geelong Show and I hope these opportunities increase for the generations to come.

What are your social links so people can follow you?

You can find me on both Facebook and Instagram:

Image by Ben Neoh. 

Momoko Rose and other bands will be performing the In Bloom stage at the Geelong Show from October 20-22.